What is a periodic inspection?
A periodic inspection is an inspection and associated testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. On completion of the necessary inspection and testing, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.
Who should carry out periodic inspection?
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians.
I am a landlord, how often should I carry out electrical inspection?
Do you lease out a commercial or residential building? Well, did you know that you have to adhere to safety requirements, just like business owners? These are the electrical safety requirements for landlords (according to Energy Safe Victoria):
- Prior to re-letting the property, ensure that all appliances are working properly and functioning safely make sure electrical appliances are inspected and cleaned to avoid fire and electrical hazards (for example, clearing debris in ventilation and heating/cooling systems)
- Ensure that electrical wiring, outlets, switches, and residual current devices are in a safe and working order
- Only allow a trained professional to conduct electrical or maintenance work to keep records of any work or maintenance to prove compliance
According to the Tenancy Check website, the following rules for electrical safety for landlords apply, the landlord must:
- Ensure that all installations are working (for example, gas/electricity/cooling/heating)
- The landlord must ensure that all installations are maintained and safe to use (this only applies to landlord owned appliances)
For more information about local legislation, visit your local government website or contact the Residential Tenancies Authority.