What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the inspection and testing of an electrical installation.
Also known as:
- Fixed Wire Testing
- Periodic Inspection and Testing
- Electrical Testing
- Hard Wire Testing
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is used to determine if an electrical installation is in a safe working condition and fit for continued use. This is done by:
- Visual inspection of circuits, control gear and protective devises
- Electrical testing of circuits to determine if there is an adequate earth
- Electrical testing to determine if there is any insulation breakdown
- Polarity testing of circuits and all other appropriate tests where required
- Testing of RCD’s
Electrical Installation Condition Reports are a method of ensuring you meet The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which is statutory, meaning it is the law.
It is a report of the condition of your electrical system highlighting any defects or non-compliances.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age, other factors include damage, wear and tear, overloading of electrical circuits, corrosion and environmental influences.
Legislation requires that all electrical installations are maintained in a safe working condition and The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989 requires that:
As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far is reasonably practicable, such danger.
One of the best ways to ensure that electrical systems and equipment are safe is to have regular inspections such as an EICR and PAT Testing.
You may be requested to have a fixed wire test by a licensing authority, public bodies, insurance company, mortgage lender and/or others.
Other reasons to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) include:
- To assess compliance with BS7671 (wiring regulations)
- To prevent any costly claims against you if an incident occurs
- Change of occupancy of a premises
- Change of use of a premises
- Additions or alterations to the installation
- Change in the electrical loading of the installation
- Possible damage from example flooding
- Renting a property
The frequency of having an electrical inspection and test carried out depends on the type and use of property, the condition of your system and the outcome of the last inspection.
Our expert team will be more than happy to assist with any advice and questions you have regarding having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out.