Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and therefore the safety of users can be put at risk if periodic inspections and rectification work are not carried out.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
The EICR is the output of a thorough inspection & testing of the condition of an electrical installation. The inspection will find out if:
any electrical installations are overloaded
there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
there is any defective electrical work
there is a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations
wiring deteriorates over time and an Electrical Installation Condition Report will identify any faults so that they can be rectified, ensuring no harm can come to family, loved ones, customers and colleagues. Importantly, it also ensures that your insurance isn’t invalid, as without an updated EICR Electrical Test Certificate your insurance could be invalidated.
The report will determine if the installation is safe to be continues for use or if any remedial work needs to be carried out. Any unsafe elements will be coded as follows:
Code 1 (C1): Danger present. Risk of injury. The electrical inspector may make any C1 hazards safe before leaving the property.
Code 2 (C2): Potentially dangerous.
Further Investigation (FI): Further investigation required without delay.
Code 3 (C3): Improvement recommended. Further remedial work is not required for the report to be deemed satisfactory.
Landlords have an obligation to commission a 'qualified and competent' person at least every 5 years to inspect the condition of their electrical installation. This is where P&Q can help!
When an EICR inspection & testing is performed in a property all electrical installations must be disconnected from the mains electrical power supply; depending on the size of the property this can be anywhere from half a day to a whole day.
Access to all electrical points such as switches, sockets and lights will be required; appliances will also need to be unplugged during the test.
We need to switch off and disconnect the power for reasons of safety and to be able to apply the correct tests to the relevant electrical circuits.
The disconnection of the power supply is of course going to be an inconvenience for those that are using the building at the time, so it is important that all residents are informed of this in advance.