Seaward encourages Code of Practice responses

Seaward encourages Code of Practice responses

Seaward has encouraged electrical professionals to respond to the draft of the 5th Edition of the IET’s Code of Practice In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Seaward wants you to have your say on the future of safety testing guidance before 13th September 2019.

The Code is intended to advise duty-holders on in-service inspection and testing to determine whether electrical equipment is fit for continued service, or if maintenance or replacement is necessary.

Seaward’s Category Manager for Test and Measurement, Kevin Smith, is part of the committee who developed the new draft, representing the views of the PAT testing industry.

He said: “Like the people who use our products, keeping people safe is our number one priority.

“The Code is vital for the development and protection of our industry, but it only works if the entire industry has its say and that your views and experiences as duty-holders and testers are represented.”

The IET also recently announced new amendments to BS 7671, due to be published in 2020.

The proposed changes for the 5th Code of Practice include:

  • Class II FE (ITE) equipment (Section 6)
  • New requirements for 13A plugs and associated flexes (Section 10)
  • Guidance for maintenance of low-risk mobile equipment fixed in server racks and similar applications (Appendix 7)
  • A guide to basic electrical theory to assist trainers and other learning how to inspect and test electrical equipment.

To read the full draft for yourself, please visit:

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