What is an EICR?
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is important because it keeps your businesses or home safe from electrical hazards. Only certified electricians should carry out EICR’s, and all of our staff are NAPIT certified. An EICR should take place every:
- 10 years for homes (or with a change in occupancy)
- 5 years for business premises (or with a change in occupancy)
However, other types of premises may need more frequent EICR’s, every:
- 3 years for industrial installations
- Yearly for hotels and restaurants
- 5 years for rented property, or at the end of every tenancy.
So, if your premises are due an EICR, get booked in with us today. We can carry out EICR’s in a range of settings, for instance, schools to bars and restaurants.
What does an EICR involve?
You may also hear an EICR referred to as ‘fixed wire testing’. An EICR is issued once the electrical installation has been tested and verified as safe. Fixed wire testing involves testing the electrical systems throughout the building. It covers all of the electrical wirings in a building. This includes:
- main panels
- distribution boards
- socket outlets
- air conditioning
- other fixed plants
What should I expect from my EICR?
Firstly, our electricians will identify all the circuits within an installation, using circuit labels and info from previous tests. Then, they will carry out a physical assessment of the installation using their testing equipment. Finally, to complete this safely, they will have to briefly disconnect the circuits.
Guidance Note 3 of the IEE Wiring Regulations states:
“Where diagrams, charts, or tables are not available, a degree of exploratory work may be necessary so that inspection and testing can be carried out safely and effectively. Then, a survey may be necessary to identify switch gear, control gear, and the circuits they control.”
Minimising workplace disruption
Conducting an EICR inevitably causes some disturbance on the site, because of the need to disconnect your power. So, careful planning and time management are essential to minimise the disruption to you. As a result, it’s best that an EICR is performed outside your normal working hours.
Issuing your EICR
Once we have tested all of your electrical installations, we will then record the results on the EICR. A physical copy of this will be provided to you directly. The report will include:
- The extent of the work and any limitations
- Details of any electrical defects and dangerous conditions
- The schedule of inspections
- Complete test results
You should resolve dangerous conditions, or report them to the relevant staff without delay. We can provide both physical and digital copies of EICR’s, giving you easy access.
If you have any more questions about your routine EICR, or would like a quote, get in touch with us.