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In-service inspection and testing as detailed in the IEE Code of Practice should be carried out on a routine basis to determine whether the particular item of equipment is in a safe condition for continued use. It is normally not necessary to test new items of equipment as the manufacturer has already tested them.
There are three categories of in-service inspection and testing set out in the IEE Code of Practice.
• User Check: Performed by you the user.
Before plugging in and switching on the equipment and involves a visual inspection that includes the plug, the flex, the portable appliance and the suitability of the portable appliance for the environment and the job. Normally, no record is required if no faults are found.
• Formal Visual Inspection: Performed by Mitre.
The formal visual inspection consists of performing the user checks and, in addition, checks on the suitability of the equipment for the environment and checks on the switching of the equipment. The formal visual inspection includes removing the plug top and inspecting the wiring , connections, fuse and cord grip for re-wireable plugs. Any items failing the formal visual inspection would be labelled and removed from service. The formal visual inspection is recorded and all portable appliances labelled.
• Combined Inspection and Test: Performed by Mitre.
This consists of an inspection as above and testing as necessary to ensure the equipment is in a safe condition (the testing may include an earth continuity test and insulation test) and finally a functional check. The portable appliances are labelled and the inspection and tests are recorded.