16th Edition (reference only) – NOW superseded by the 17th Edition IEE Regulations.

chapter 5

chapter 6

Inspection and Testing
  8.1 - Introduction 8.5 - Insulation tests
  8.2 - Inspection 8.6 - Earth testing
  8.3 - Testing sequence 8.7 - Test instrument requirements
8.4 - Continuity tests 8.8 - Supporting paperwork

8.3.1 - Why is correct sequence important?

Testing can be hazardous, both to the tester and to others who are within the area of the installation during the test. The danger is compounded if tests are not carried out in the correct sequence.

For example, it is of great importance that the continuity, and hence the effectiveness, of protective conductors is confirmed before the insulation resistance test is carried out. The high voltage used for insulation testing could appear on all extraneous metalwork associated with the installation in the event of an open-circuit protective conductor if insulation resistance is very low.

Again, an earth-fault loop impedance test cannot be conducted before an installation is connected to the supply, and the danger associated with such a connection before verifying polarity, protective system effectiveness and insulation resistance will be obvious.

Any test which fails to produce an acceptable result must be repeated after remedial action has been taken. Any other tests, whose results may have been influenced by the fault concerned must also be repeated.


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Extracted from The Electricians Guide Fifth Edition
by John Whitfield

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