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Why should we carry out the Inspection and Testing?
The Electricity at Work regulations states that:
"No person shall be engaged in any work activity where technical knowledge or
experience is necessary to prevent danger, or where appropriate, injury, unless
he possesses such knowledge or experience, or is under such degree of
supervision as may be appropriate having regard to the nature of the work"
The IEE Code of Practice states, those carrying out the inspection and testing
must be competent to undertake the inspection and, where appropriate, testing of
electrical equipment and appliances having due regard of their own safety and
that of others. What should be considered is that the 'danger' to be prevented,
includes not just the dangers which may arise during the testing procedure to
the tester and others, but also the dangers which may arise at a later date as a
result of using equipment which has not been effectively tested.
The tester must have an understanding of the modes of electrical, mechanical or
thermal damage to electrical equipment and appliances and their flexes which may
be encountered in any environment.
Training must include the identification of equipment and appliance types to
determine the test procedures and frequency of inspection and testing. Persons
testing must be familiar with the test instruments used and in particular their
limitations and restrictions so as to achieve repeatable results without
damaging the equipment or the appliance.