Every new electrical installation, and every alteration or addition to an existing installation, must be thoroughly inspected and tested. Any defects or omissions found must be made good, so the installation meets the requirements of the national standards of electrical safety; BS 7671: 2008 The Requirements for Electrical Safety. Otherwise known as the IEE Wiring Regulations.
The other key reason for inspection and testing is to provide a record of the condition of a new installation when it is first put into service, or when an altered installation is restored to service. It is just as important to keep accurate records of any periodic inspection or minor works certification.
Correctly complied certification and inspection reports provide the persons responsible for the safety of electrical installation, including contractors, owners and users with an important record of the installation at the time it was inspected and tested.
’Electrical Installation Condition Report’ (EICR) - is your property safe?
All electrical equipment deteriorates with age, as well as wear and tear from use. Every installation therefore needs to be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals during its lifetime to establish that the condition is safe to remain in service.
What is an ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (Formerly a Periodic Inspection) is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any defects against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report will
- Identify any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
- Identify if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
- Identify any defective electrical work
- Identify where there is a lack of earthing or bonding
Further tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
It is also recommended that a periodic inspection should be carried out are when a property is being prepared to be let, prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property
When is an Electrical Installation Condition Report needed?
It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:
- 10 years for a domestic properties
- 5 years for a commercial installations
- 3 years for caravans
Electrical Installation Condition Report
An Electrical Installation Condition Report will be provided at the end of the inspection and formal tests. The report is a formal method of recording the findings of the Electrical Installation Condition.
The purpose of a EICR is to report on the safety condition of an existing electrical installation. The report will describe the overall condition as either ‘satisfactory’, in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or ‘unsatisfactory’ which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.