An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), until recently called a Periodic Inspection Report, is gas-elec’s most detailed electrical inspection service comprising an in-depth examination of a property’s electrical installation and a report detailing any necessary remedial work.
What does an Electrical Installation Condition Report involve?
The inspection will:
- show if any 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 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). If appliances aren’t 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 100% safe?
Your home’s switches, sockets and light fittings will be checked to see whether they need replacing, as well as all switchgear and controls.
You might, for example, like your living room’s cast iron switch, but is it 100% safe? And does your consumer unit have a wooden back? If so, you’ll probably have to replace it.
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.
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 properties 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.
Companies that fail to protect workers from electrical shocks and burns are regularly prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.