Suggested frequency of inspection and testing of equipment

Type of premises Type of equip (note 1) User checks (note 2) Class I Class II (note 4)
Formal visual inspection (note 3) Combined inspection and testing (note 5) Formal visual inspection (note 3) Combined inspection and testing (note 5)
Industrial (including commercial kitchens) S Weekly None 12 months None 12 months
IT Weekly None 12 months None 12 months
M Before use 1 month 12 months 3 months 12 months
P Before use 1 month 6 months 3 months 6 months
H Before use 1 month 6 months 3 months 6 months
Equipment used by the public S Note 6+ monthly 12 months 3 months 12 months
IT Note 6+ monthly 12 months 3 months 12 months
M Note 6+ Weekly 6 months 1 month 12 months
P Note 6+ Weekly 6 months 1 month 12 months
H Note 6+ Weekly 6 months 1 month 12 months
Schools S Weekly+ None 12 months 12 months 48 months
IT Weekly+ None 12 months 12 months 48 months
M Weekly+ 4 months 12 months 4 months 48 months
P Weekly+ 4 months 12 months 4 months 48 months
H before use+ 4 months 12 months 4 months 48 months
Hotels S None 24 months 48 months 24 months None
IT None 24 months 48 months 24 months None
M Weekly 12 months 24 months 24 months None
P Weekly 12 months 24 months 24 months None
H Before use 6 months 12 months 6 months None
Offices and shops S None 24 months 48 months 24 months None
IT None 24 months 48 months 24 months None
M Weekly 12 months 24 months 24 months None
P Weekly 12 months 24 months 24 months None
H Before Use 6 months 12 months 6 months None

 

Notes

1) S: Stationery Equipment
  IT: Information Technology Equipment
  M: Movable Equipment
  P: Portable Equipment
  H: Hand-held Equipment

2) User checks are not recorded unless a fault is found.
3) The formal visual inspection may form part of the combined inspection and tests when they coincide, and must be recorded see 7.2b.
4) If class of equipment is not known, it must be tested as Class I
5) The result of the combined inspections and tests are recorded see 7.2c.
6) For some equipment such as children's rides a daily check may be necessary.
+)
By supervisor / teacher / member of staff.

This information has been taken from the Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment as published by The Institute of Electrical Engineers.