Introduction to Electrical Inspection Checklist:

This electrical inspection checklist is geared toward inspectors who are looking to visit residential properties to perform an assessment. 

There are two sections to this checklist. The first covers the basic inspector safety checks which must be performed to guarantee the safety and security of the inspector. The second takes a general requirements approach to residential inspection. 

In the safety checklist, all data is taken from NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2012.

Each task which follows in the residential overview checklist will reference the specific NEC code to which it adheres. 

Our goal with this checklist is to create an actionable way to follow the correct procedures of industry standard inspections which can fit easily and fluidly within the modern workflow, making the process easier and more effective than before.

You can edit this checklist to add further tasks and steps to expand the functionality of this checklist to suit your specific use cases and needs. 

If you have added this checklist to your Process Street account, you will see the overview tab available. Every time you run the checklist, the data for that checklist will be saved as a row on this spreadsheet. 

If you need to present the results of multiple inspections, you can export this spreadsheet with each checklist saved as a row to a CSV file. Through this method, all records and reporting of inspections are automatically saved. 

Try the electrical inspection now and see how it can improve your inspection processes.

Check out this video below for an example of final residential electrical checks from the Portland Bureau of Development Services.

Electrical Residential Final Inspection - BDSOutreach

Record the details of the inspection

Use this space to record where the inspection is taking place and why. 

Record your inspector details

Inspector safety checks:

Are there exposed energized conductors or circuit parts?

It is vital to check for exposed electrical parts before beginning an inspection.

If there are exposed conductors or parts, upload a photo of them in the form field below.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Can the risk of exposure to hazards be justified?

It is important to measure the risk of exposure when conducting inspections. This assessment will impact on what PPE you will be required to have available. 

This is also impacted by weather conditions and other variables. It may be the case that this inspection would require more than one inspector for it to be conducted effectively. 

If the situation is deemed to be too hazardous, you should assess what is needed for the inspection to take place and make the necessary arrangements for the inspection to be rescheduled when the appropriate safety conditions have been met. 

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

What is the voltage of the equipment?

Knowledge of the voltage when entering into an inspection zone will enable you to assess further considerations as we move through the checklist. 

Use the form field below to record the voltage.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Where are the approach boundaries for shock protection?

Calculate the approach boundaries to ensure safety at all times. 

Use the form field below to note your considerations of the appropriate approach boundary.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Will the inspection involve crossing those boundaries?

If the inspection requires crossing those boundaries you will need to make sure you are suitably prepared for any further risks this may present.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Has an incident energy analysis been performed?

An incident energy analysis will allow you to select the appropriate PPE for the task. 

You can see more information about incident energy analysis here

Use the form field below to document relevant information about the incident energy analysis.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Do you know short-circuit current and clearing times?

Use the form field below to document your answer. 

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Where is the Arc Flash Boundary?

It is vital for your personal safety that you understand where the arc flash boundary is so that you can stay within safe distances and not risk the chances of serious burning. 

You can read more about the arc flash boundary here

Note the arc flash boundary in the form field below. 

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Will any part of the body be within this boundary?

Use the form field below to document the levels of risk you're putting yourself in, in relation to the arc flash boundary. 

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

What PPE will be used for Arc Flash protection?

Use the form field below to outline what PPE will need to be employed to ensure safety.

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the risk involved in the situation presented.

Is the appropriate PPE available?

Click to complete this task to confirm you have assessed the availability of the appropriate PPE for the situation presented.

Is the inspector qualified for this task and risk?

Click to complete this task to confirm you are qualified for the risk involved in the situation presented.

Fundamental residential checks:

Check wiring methods for support and suitability

In each of these following tasks, you will be presented with a drop down Yes/No selection and a form field to upload evidence. 

This will allow you to record your evaluation as you go, while also documenting the reasons for your decision. 

You can upload photographs which will be saved to the checklist for future. 

Each task will outline what to look for and provide an NEC reference for the task.

Check wiring methods (usually cable assemblies) for support and suitability for the conditions.

NEC Chapters 3, 7, and 8, Art 334, 314.17

Inspect cable installation

Check cable installation through or parallel to framing members and furring strips for 1¼-in. (32-mm) clearance or protective steel plates.

300.4

Check boxes for suitability for use

Check boxes for suitability for the use - durability, material.

314.15, 314.27

Verify that boxes are installed in suitable locations

Verify that boxes are installed in accessible locations for all junctions and outlets and pull points.

300.15, 314.29

Make sure cables are secured to boxes

Check that cables are secured to boxes and not free hanging or distributed.

314.17(B) and (C)

Check boxes for conductor fill

Check boxes for conductor fill.

314.16

Provide boxes are positioned correctly to be flush

Check positioning of boxes that are intended to be flush with combustible and noncombustible finished surfaces.

314.20

Check splicing devices on equipment grounding conductors

Check for splicing devices on all equipment grounding conductors within boxes and bonding connections to metal boxes.

250.8, 250.86, 250.146, 250.148

Make sure equipment grounding conductors are suitable

Check equipment grounding conductors for suitability and size.

250.118, 250.122

Inspect floor and ceiling boxes for listing

Check boxes used in floors or for support of ceiling fans for listing.

314.27(B) and (C)

Check recessed luminaires for clearances

Check recessed luminaires for clearances from combustibles and insulation.

410.116(A)(1), 410.116(B)

Inspect cables in contact with thermal insulation

Check cables installed in contact with thermal insulation or without maintaining spacing (fire- or draft-stopped, etc.), for possible adjustment factors.

334.80, 310.15(B)(2) (a)

Check wall switch locations for grounded conductors

Check wall switch locations for the presence of grounded conductors.

404.2(C)

Provide overall notes about the inspection

Use this space to provide any further notes or impressions about the inspection. 

Send inspection report

You can use this email widget below to send a write up of the inspection to relevant stakeholders. 

You can also select the option to print the checklist, which will allow you to save it as a PDF which you could attach as a document. 

And you can use the file upload field below to store the report for reference.

The choice is yours. 

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