chapter  5
4 Pages

Inspection and testing safety

WithKevin Smith

The most important part of any electrical work is safety and in this regard inspection and testing is no different. One must consider the safety of the inspector, other personnel working with the inspector or other trades, the customers and the general public and, finally, the impact that the work may have on the safety of the wider electrical installation and the building in which it is installed. During the inspection and testing process, the inspector is deemed to be in control of the electrical installation, therefore under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 there are duties imposed on the inspector who, in this regard, is referred to as a 'Duty Holder'. It is important that prior to any inspection and testing work all hazards are identified, their risk calculated and, where necessary, suitable control measures put in place. Despite comprehensive safety precautions, electrical work still carries an inherent risk.