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Electrical Installation Condition Report (formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report )

In 2012 the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) was introduced to replace the Periodic Inspection Report. Each year we carry out over a thousand inspection and tests on existing electrical installations.

Fixed Wiring Testing is a popular phrase used to describe an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) new name from 2012 and formerly called Periodic Inspection Report. The reason for carrying out condition reports of electrical installations is to determine the current condition of electrical systems in terms of design and safety.

 

This is to ensure compliance with current electrical wiring regulations - by identifying failures or defects and making appropriate recommendations via a periodic inspection report.

We like to compare it to an MOT for a vehicle.

 

Put simply, An EICR is based on the condition of the electrical wiring, circuits, accessories and connections and is based on Inspecting and Testing the entire electrical system within your home,premises etc.

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Each circuit's cable and accessories e.g. sockets, light switches, light fittings etc., will be inspected for visual damage. wear and tear etc. Then the wiring of each circuit will undergo a series of tests to make sure the wiring is safe and that the circuit is wired correctly.

 

The EICR will also determine if items such as earthing, bonding and incoming supply is sufficient. All this data will be contained in the EICR we forward to clients.

 

For domestic premises the inspection and test can take anything from 2 hours to a full day depending on the size of the property and the number of electrical circuits to be inspected and tested. we carrying out a thorough inspection and test as this is what is required , but please be aware of companies and individuals carrying out EICR's quicker by not carrying out a thorough inspection and not undertaking all the required testing. For commercial properties there are many variables that determine the timescale required to undertake a EICR.

 

Electricity within your premises will be limited while the testing is carried out and at some point we will require to switch off the electricity to your fusebox/consumer unit/distribution board so we can inspect and test those units and also test your main incoming earth.

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By carrying out testing and inspection at regular intervals, deficiencies in your electrical systems can be identified and dealt with immediately, meaning that a problem does not persist undetected which may eventually result in fire or injury.

 

Any electrical installations will deteriorate with age and it is paramount that systems are maintained appropriately to safeguard households, tenants, members of staff and premises. The EICR will examine and evaluate not only the deterioration of the installation, but also its safety.

 

Legislation requires that electrical installations are kept in a safe condition. If regular inspection and testing is neglected - those responsible may be prosecuted under health and safety law, the lives of workforce/tenants are put at unnecessary risk, and insurance claims may be invalidated.

 

No electrical installation, no matter how carefully designed and erected, can be expected to last forever. Deterioration will take place due to age as well as due to normal wear and tear. With this in mind, the Regulations require regular inspection and testing to take place so that the installation can be maintained in a good and a safe condition. It is now a requirement of the Regulations that the installation user should be informed of the need for periodic testing, and the date on which the next test is due. A notice, fixed at or near the origin of the installation, must state the required intervals between periodic inspections and tests.

 

Accessories, switchgear etc should be carefully examined for signs of overheating. Structural changes may have impaired the safety of an installation, as may have changes in the use of space. The use of extension leads must be discouraged, if only because of the relatively high loop impedance they introduce.

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Electrical Safety Council

http://www.esc.org.uk

 

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