Electrical Inspections

Electrical inspection and testing in the workplace

The objective of electrical inspection and testing is to ensure the safety of your electrical installations more effectively

Electrical safety regulations

The Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR) 1989 (1991 in Northern Ireland) are made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. In the UK these regulations require that employers as ‘duty holders’ must provide a safe working environment with regard to all electrical equipment and systems, regardless of when they were manufactured, installed or brought into use.

Employers, the self-employed and employees all have duties and obligations in complying with the requirements of the regulations, which apply to all places of work, with no exemptions. All electrical systems must be maintained in a safe condition and an important aspect of such maintenance is periodic inspection and testing.

Achieve compliance with Bureau Veritas

Many companies struggle to meet their obligations using in-house personnel due to lack of time, resources and knowledge of this specialised field. By putting your trust in Bureau Veritas, you can have complete confidence that your electrical installations are safe and compliant, with all inspections completed to the required frequency according to the latest regulations and accompanying guidelines.

We can also support you even if site access is restricted or not permitted, for example due to coronavirus restrictions. By working closely with clients to undertake remote surveys, our team can develop a scope of works without any delays and reach the initial inspection stages quicker.

Periodic electrical inspection and testing

It depends if it is a newly built installation or an old one, but a periodic electrical inspection needs to be carried out from time to time. This periodic electrical inspection should be carried out by a visual inspection that consists of a full inspection and testing procedure and is followed by the completion of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

These certificates are documents which must be kept by both the "person ordering the work" (i.e. the owner) and the "competent person"(qualified electrician) completing the inspection and testing procedure.

Bureau Veritas - Experts in electrical safety

We offer a comprehensive range of trusted electrical equipment inspection services to help achieve compliance with the IET wiring regulations (BS7671), including:

  • Fixed electrical wiring inspection and testing
  • Portable electrical appliance testing
  • Risk assessments of fixed electrical installations
  • Drawings, tracing, labelling and schedules of electrical installations
  • Thermographic surveys
  • Electrical safety auditing
  • Emergency lighting inspection and test to BS 5266 standard
  • Electrical load analysis
  • Public entertainment licensing testing
  • Lightning protection systems inspection and testing
  • ATEX / DSEAR inspections for explosive atmosphere electrical installations
  • Electrical safety assessments for plant and machinery


For the Republic of Ireland, duty holders must achieve compliance with the Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 - Part 3 Electricity (Regulation 74 to 93).

Electrical installations must be compliant with 5th Edition National Rules for Electrical Installations, IS 10101:2020.

With a global team of electrical experts, Bureau Veritas can help your organisation to achieve and maintain compliance wherever you operate. 


  • Achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations, including IET wiring regulations (BS7671)
  • Help ensure the safety of your premises for staff and visitors
  • Enable better planning of maintenance and repair programmes to spread costs
  • Drive cost savings through early identification of ‘hotspots’ and potential breakdowns
  • Reduce insurance premiums through electrical safety auditing
  • Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent inspection partner with no financial association to contractors
  • One supplier to drive efficiency of inspections
  • Innovative approach to inspections with online tools to add value including Swift, giving 24/7 access to inspection reports
  • Expert team of qualified inspection engineers operating nationwide, supported by a central planning team

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) and has more than 190+ years of experience meaning that we also can assist you in other areas of your business if needed.

MAIA & Swift - An easy way to manage and control your global inspection process online

As part of our enhanced service – and free for mechanical inspection clients – we offer access to live, accurate and reliable data for all inspection reports using SWIFT, our online reporting system.

Developed in-house by our own team of experts, SWIFT is a web-based portal which gives our safe, secure, 24/7 access to your inspection records, visit reports and equipment lists.

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