With over 140 pages in the latest regulations, they are not made to be straight forward, but I have shown one of the more useful tables below, so you can see how it varies with the frequency of testing.
HOWEVER just to throw a spanner in the works of the simplicity of a lookup table, there has now been introduced a reference to using Risk Assessment. Also the date on the label no longer shows a due date, as now it is up to the landlord/office manager or person ordering the work to decide on the frequency, where the electrician carrying it out can only “advise” when it should be done next.
So while some things can be left alone during one test, generally it works out simpler and cheaper (in many cases) to do them all the same frequency, as most people will have a minimum fee, so will charge that if doing a few items seperately.
So the Risk Assessment element basically says that if you (for example) are testing annually, but never have had any failed items in the last few years, you might then decide to start testing every two years instead (assuming none of your processes and production methods, etc have changed, or staffing hasn’t increased, etc), BUT the person deciding that then becomes liable for making such a decision. So you need to draft up and keep that Risk Assessment documentation.
Yes, it’s a bit of a liability nightmare. But my advice is to get it done the recommended frequency, then there is no argument “in the event of” (yep, that old favourite Health and Safety at Work Act quote) anything happening.
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