WHAT IS A ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT?
Electrical Safety First (a charity who’s goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents) list 5 aims for An Electrical Installation Condition Report:
- Make a record of the results of the electrical inspection and to make sure your electrics are safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
- Find any damage that may affect the system and make a record of the damage.
- Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
- Identify anything that may cause electric shocks.
- Provide a record of your electrical system at the time of the inspection.
The important thing to remember is that having an EICR report done is the first part of the exercise, the second part is to fix any problems that are found in the report.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT FOR?
A Electrical Installation Condition Report is not a certificate to say that your building is safe. It is a report that highlights all the potential problems points with your electrical installation.
The responsibility is then with you the homeowner or landlord to ensure that any problems that are identified are fixed.
There are 2 different types of electrical condition report:
- There is a visual inspection – no electrical testing is done and this is only appropriate if your electrics have been tested recently (in the past year)
- A periodic inspection report – this is when they test the electrics in you building and will report on any damage and anything that needs fixing
- Continuity testing: This tests will identify if any of your conductors are badly connected.
- Insulation resistance testing: This checks the insulation surrounding your wiring and fittings to ensure its not damaged or degraded.
- Polarity: This is testing the connection between the phase and the neutral and the other between the phase and the earth (usually performed on all sockets)
- Earth loop testing: This essentially tests if a fault occurs does the system disconnect (is your fuze box is working)
- RCD testing: An RCD is a protective device used to automatically disconnect the electrical supply when an imbalance is detected between live conductors.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT
When your report is complete your electrician will present you the finding of the report, everything that has been tested and any problems that have been found. They will usually give you a quote and a time frame for fixing the problems that they have found.
Please be aware that there are several cases of business owners being sued because they have had EICR reports down and then failed to correct the problems found, staff and customers were subsequently injured. So its important once you get the results of the report make sure you have everything fixed.
Whoever conducts your report you should ask them for a full quotation to fix the necessary problems before you agree to it. This will avoid any surprises when the invoice comes.
WHO CAN DO A ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT FOR YOU
You can get any registered electrician to perform and electrical condition report on your property to this generally means any NICEIC or NAPIT qualified electrician. To find one in your area just search on Google.