EICRs and why you need them
Posted on 23rd February 2023
We found signs of burning on one of the main distribution boards during our five-year EICR inspection.
We recently completed a five-year Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for a three-floor office building.
The building was completely remodelled five years ago and is maintained to a high standard. Any electrical issues are reported to us immediately by the facilities team.
We made our inspection visit to the site at the weekend to minimise disruption while we powered everything down.
We were surprised to find signs of burning on one of the main distribution boards.
Of course, it was repaired immediately. However, it does clearly show why regular EICRs are important.
What is an EICR?
Businesses have a responsibility to make sure their premises are safe for their staff, customers and visitors.
An EICR confirms that, as far as possible, existing electrical installations meet the requirements of the safety regulations. It aims to identify damage, deterioration or defects that could be dangerous.
It includes a visual check and a full inspection and testing procedure carried out by a ‘competent person’ (a qualified electrician). A report is then completed for the person ordering the work, who is often the business owner.
Although an EICR isn’t compulsory, it will show that your business meets British Standard (BS7671), known as the Wiring Regulations. It will also show you’re complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act and Electricity at Work Regulations, which are both legal requirements.
When should I have an EICR?
Your electrical installations should be inspected regularly. How often will depend on how you use your premises but an inspection at least every five years is recommended. Some insurance companies now ask for evidence of regular electrical testing.
An EICR can also highlight improvements that would reduce the amount of electricity you use and help you to make savings on your energy costs.
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