By Lloyd Chapman
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
An EICR is something that every company should be able to show when their current electrics are being checked. It is a report that tells you the condition of the electrical installation that was carried out at your business. The report will in short inform you of any safety issues or defects, along with any deviations from any current electrical regulations.
Only a qualified electrician should carry out these reports, and if possible, have a full knowledge of all the installations that have been carried out.
How long does it take to carry out?
How long an EICR takes to carry out depends on the size of the building or area it is being done in. A small office could just take a couple of hours, whereas a large building could take up to a few weeks!
What does it involve?
There are several elements that are to be carried out for an E.I.C.R to be completed. These elements include a non-invasive visual inspection of the electrical installation along with several tests which help identify any issues that there may be i.e. broken socket. These tests will then be followed by an invasive process using a test meter to test the circuit, at this point the electrics will need to be switched off from the mains to protect the safety of the engineer and anyone in the building. The electrics will only need to be turned off at certain points through-out the testing and everyone in the building will need to be informed prior to the testing.
Our main priority is the safety of our clients, whilst doing our upmost to adhere to our clients’ needs for their business to run as normal as possible. By using our experience, we will liaise with our client prior to the testing date, to ensure that the business and its logistics can still run as normal. This may mean carrying out the testing outside of working hours, if needs be.
Does my business need an EICR?
It is a legal requirement that every business must be able to show their business' electrics are safe and an EICR is part of this.
Also, residential buildings designed for multiple occupancy i.e. an apartment block and rented residential accommodation, will also need to provide proof of these checks.
Owned properties currently do not need to provide this as part of a legal requirement.
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