As a manager or business owner, you have many responsibilities. One of them is to ensure that the electrical safety of your premises is maintained.
If you do not comply with the laws in place you may well be faced with financial risks or fines. It is essential to retain relevant electrical paperwork for all of the completed electrical installation work. As part of your legal duty, you must ensure that all electrical equipment in your workplace is maintained.
The electricians at Maclaren Electrical Services Ltd can work with you to create an electrical installation condition report.
What does an electrical installation condition report involve?
The EICR involves an electrical inspection and PAT testing. This involves thoroughly checking the premises for any damage to electrics, unsafe implementations and any repairs that need to be made. At Maclaren Electrical Services Ltd we ensure that all electrical circuits and equipment are not under stress of overloads. Aiming to make sure your workplace is fit for use.
A break down of what an EICR covers:
- Installations for supply of electricity
- All Electrical fittings like switches, sockets, light fittings and visible wiring.
- Fixed electrical equipment like storage/panel heaters, boilers and fire alarms.
The IEE recommend the following maximum periods of time between inspections and testing:
- Commercial Installations – 5 years or change of occupancy
- Industrial Installations – 3 years
- Offices, shops & laboratories – 5 years
What will my EICR detail?
- The inspection data
- Site address
- The business name and contact
- The business name and person responsible for the inspection
- Evidence of a completed report
- A detailed list of each installation, fixture, fitting and appliance fitted alongside its location
- A defects list
Should any of the electrical installations/fixtures/fittings/appliances fail to pass an electrical safety inspection, they must be replaced or repaired immediately to comply with the repairing standard.
Anything which is classified in an EICR under code C1 (danger present) or C2 (potentially dangerous) must be rectified to comply with the repairing standard.
Code C1 means that someone using the device is at risk and remedial work should be carried out by an electrician immediately.
Should the EICR score an item as an F1 (further investigation required), it should be investigated ASAP as such investigation may reveal a dangerous or potentially dangerous condition.
How Old Are My Installations?
Identifying the age of your installation can also help to determine if you require a new EICR. There are a number of clear signs which can help you to identify the age of installations within the premises including:
- Fixed cables with black rubber, fabric or lead coating stopped being used in the 1960s.
- Fuse boxes with a wooden backing, cast iron switches or a mixture of fuse boxes ceased being used before the 1960s.
- Old round pin plug sockets and light switches stopped being used in the 1950s.
- Black and brown light switches and sockets as well as a braided flex hanging from ceiling roses were also used before the 1960s.
- Light switches in bathrooms were also used before the 1960s.
While these are some older examples, if the installations are over 10 years old, you should seriously consider having them inspected to ensure the safety of you and your employees, or if you are a land lord, it is essential that your tenants are safe in your property.
Who Can Issue an Electrical Installation Certificate?
A qualified electrician, such as MacLaren Electrical Services, can issue an electrical installation certificate, providing that you pass the required tests. In the unfortunate case where electrical installations are not safe enough to pass, our experienced electricians can resolve the issues, ensuring that you can be issued with your EICR.
What is Involved in Obtaining an EICR Report?
In order to obtain an EICR report, a number of tests must be carried out. These tests involve:
- Visual inspections of devices
- Dead testing
- Live testing
Following the successful completion of each of these inspections, you will be provided with your EICR report.