Safe Isolation Procedures
Position of Isolators in a Kitchen
Sockets should also be easily accessible. If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are fitted under worktops, getting to sockets may be difficult. Ideally, these appliances should be controlled by a switched fuse connection unit mounted above the worktop where you can reach it easily.
What can be used as a means of isolation?
- Plug and switched socket-outlet to BS 1363-1, BS 1363-2
- Plug and socket-outlet to BS 5733
- Switched fused connection unit to BS 1363-4
- Cooker control unit switch to BS 4177
Can a socket or spur be installed in the back of a kitchen cabinet?
(i) Wiring accessories (e.g. socket-outlets, switches) should be mounted on the building fabric and NOT on kitchen furniture.
Can accessories and electrical equipment such as socket-outlets and under cabinet lighting be fixed to kitchen units?
Yes, provided that they are securely fixed to rigid parts of the units that are not demountable or otherwise liable to be disturbed in normal service. However, care must be taken to comply with all the relevant requirements of BS 7671, including accessibility for inspection, testing and maintenance, and provision of adequate protection against damage (by impact or water for example) for the accessories, equipment and associated wiring. Regulation number(s): 530.4.2
BS 7671 Section 530.4 Fixing of Equipment
530.4.2 - Unenclosed equipment shall be mounted in a suitable mounting box or enclosure in compliance with the relevant part of BS EN 60670, BS EN 62208 or other relevant standards such as BS EN 61439 series. Socket-outlets, connection units, plate switches and similar accessories shall be fitted to a mounting box complying with BS 4622 or BS 5733 and with the relevant part of BS EN 60670.
530.4.3 - Equipment such as circuit-breakers, switches, socket-outlets, control equipment etc. may be installed on or in a cable trunking system complying with BS EN 50085 series. Wherever equipment is fixed on or in cable trunking, skirting trunking or in mouldings it shall not be installed on covers which can be removed inadvertently.
Get the App
The Electrical Tools and Reference App is packed full of electrical reference charts, tables, guides, tools and calculators designed to assist in the day to day requirements of today's electricians in the modern world.
Available on iOS and Android.
The Smart Electrical App for the Smart Electrician