Electrical Installation Condition Report
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
The EICR is a document used in reporting on the condition of an existing electrical installation.
Reporting is based on the process called Periodic Inspection and Testing. It must be done on regular basis in accordance with BS 7671. The EICR is replacing the old Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) which is not in use anymore.
The frequency of inspection
The frequency of periodic inspection and testing depends on factors such as:
the type of the electrical installation
its use and operation
the frequency and quality of maintenance
external influences to which it is subjected.
What does an Electrical Installation Condition Report involve?
The inspection will:
Show if any of electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
Reveal any poor electrical work
Discover any potential safety risks such as electrical shocks
Establish the adequacy of earthing or bonding
Check the serviceability of equipment
Determine the extent of any wear and tear and damage
In the workplace, an EICR will additionally:
Assess the adequacy and labelling of notices
Determine how changes in use of the premises could lead to deficiencies in the electrical installation
Electrical Installation Condition Report for Homeowners
In less time than you might imagine, electrics in the home can become damaged and worn through wear and tear.
So, homeowners should get them tested at a regular basis, at least every five years to check whether they are still safe to use. In other words, they should carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), because if appliances are not safe, they could be a fire hazard or give you an electrical shock, causing injury or even death, as well as damage to your property.
Are your electrics safe?
Gemini will inspect your wiring system. Cables coated in lead or fabric will need replacing as will those encased in black rubber. In fact, the older your property, the more urgent the need for an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Your home’s switches, sockets and light fittings will be checked to see whether they need replacing, and all switchgear and controls.
Electrical Installation Condition Report for Landlords and Agents
Under the terms of The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 landlords, or agents acting on their behalf, are responsible for tenants’ electrical safety. This means carrying out an EICR every five years, or at each change of occupancy, whichever is sooner.
There are more than 50 deaths, 4000 injuries and 12,500 fires in British homes every year and most of them involve faults in domestic appliances, flexes and connectors.
According to the Electrical Safety Council private tenants are at a greater risk of electrical fatality and accidents than the population at large. Your home insurance may not pay out without a valid report on the inspection and testing of the electrics in your property.
Electrical Installation Condition Report for Businesses
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers are responsible for employees’ health and safety in the workplace. To this end, businesses should have an EICR carried out on their property’s at least every five years.
In 2010-11 there were six deaths and 89 major injuries involving electricity in the workplace. In addition, there were 306 reported electricity-related injuries which resulted in people being away from work for more than three days.