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Electrical installation condition reporting:

Electrical installation condition reporting: classification codes for domestic and similar electrical installations



Published by Electrical Safety First, this best practice guide aims to provide practical guidance for skilled persons competent in electrical inspection and testing on the use of the Classification Codes that need to be attributed to each observation recorded during the periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation for the benefit of the person ordering the report.


It points out that every every electrical installation deteriorates with use over time.


The inspector must also be aware that inadequate or unsafe alterations, additions and repairs may have been made. To verify and ensure that the user and installation are safe it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person.


Inspection and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to ensure that the installation’s safety and integrity are still of a satisfactory and serviceable condition. The results of the inspection and testing need to be detailed clearly in a report. Any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions, and non-compliances with the requirements of the current edition of BS 7671 that may give rise to danger should be recorded (Regulation 653.2) and appropriately classified for remedial action.


The guidance highlights that existing g installations which have been installed in accordance with earlier editions of BS 7671 may not comply with the current edition in every respect. This does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe for continued use or require upgrading, it says.


The chapters cover the following:

  • Electrical installation condition report.

  • Purpose of periodic inspection, testing and reporting.

  • The inspector.

  • Periodic inspection and testing procedures.

  • Classification codes.

  • Summary of the conditions of the installation.

  • Distributor and Supplier Equipment.

  • Examples of the use of classification codes.

Electrical Safety First December 2022


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