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The new Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) replaces the previous Periodic Inspection Report (PIR)

 

When is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) needed? 

It is recommended by the IET that fixed electrical installations should be inspected & tested at least once every five years, dependent on the type of installation and business practice, by a qualified person. If any faults are detected these should be remedied as soon as possible. You need a current Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in order to meet your health and safety requirements and comply with:

 

 

 

 

When to consider an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

 

  • Change of ownership

 

  • Change of tenancy

 

  • Change of use of premises

 

  • To verify continued compliance with BS 7671

 

  • To comply with insurance companies  

 

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)? 

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.  

 

Why is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) required? 

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.  

 

What is done during an Electrical Installation Condition Report? 

For many years inspection and testing carried out on an existing electrical installation was known as a Periodic Inspection Report. From the end of 2011 that was changed, as was the format of the report to become the Electrical Installation Condition Report. 

 

An Electrical Installation Condition Report is an in-depth inspection and test of an existing electrical installation and is reported on a form that complies with the current wiring regulations, BS7671:2008 as amended in 2015: A3.  All of the accessible electrical accessories (socket outlets, switches, etc.) are visually inspected, with 10% of them being inspected internally. This means that the accessories are opened up to expose the wiring and terminals to establish if there is anything to suggest poor installation or quality of materials.  

 

The Installation 

The installation is also inspected for the presence of bonding conductors, the correct type and location of switchgear and that the installation is being used correctly.  

 

Detailed Test 

A detailed test follows, where a range of tests are carried out on each circuit to determine that the safety measures that have been put in place will operate correctly in fault conditions. This includes determining that the earth fault path is effective enough to result in automatic disconnection of the supply in the event of a fault, that the wiring is in good condition and that the residual current device (RCD) operates quickly enough to avoid any danger to the users of the installation.  

 

As well as checking the condition of the installation, an EICR produces information that would be invaluable to anyone wishing to carry out any work on the installation at a later date.

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Thermal Imaging for Electrical Installations

 Thermal images are heat signatures captured of the key components of an installation, such as:

  • distribution boards

  • control panels

  • switchgear & switchboards.

  • junction boxes & joints 

The thermal images show heat signatures associated with high electrical resistance long before the circuit becomes overheated enough to cause an outage or explosion. Faults such as high resistance caused by poor surface contact or an uneven load can be detected in seconds.

 

By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur. Thermal Imaging or Thermography is the process of using a special camera designed to look only for heat by way of infra red (IR) energy waves. Potential problems can often be found due to excess heat being released by an electrical system, even those which would normally produce some heat when performing at their optimum level.

The Inspection and Test Service

EICR Bristol & Bath - Following a visual appraisal to check for any defective devices and verification to ensure the electrical installation together with the following test procedures to ascertain the safety of electrical installation and that it complies to BS7671requirements :

  • Continuity - to ascertain that the earthing is continuous throughout the circuit. 

  • Continuity of Bonding Conductors - very important to ensure bonding is in place and effective. 

  • Ring Circuit Continuity - ascertains whether or not the ring is complete. 

  • Insulation Resistance - to test whether there has been any breakdown in insulation to the installation. 

  • Polarity - to check that the installation is correctly wired. 

  • Earth Fault Loop Impedance - to ascertain the Zs of the installation meets the requirements of BS7671:2008 + AMD 3:2015 (current)

  • Earth Electrode Resistance - applies to TT systems only, to test the earthing rods. 

  • RCD tests - to check operation and that Residual Current Device disconnects the supply in the event of a fault in the required time

  • Functional testing of installation devices - to ensure that they operate correctly and disconnect the supply as designed

 

Upon completion of the electrical testing, a detailed EICR is supplied containing the following certification

 

  • Guidance Notes for recipients.

  • Schedule of Inspection and Schedule of Test Results.

  • Report

 

The electrician who carried out your testing will also discuss the results with you and explain if any remedial work is necessary in order to rectify an unsafe installation.

 

The codes used to determine whether there are non-compliances or issue with the electrical installation and are numbered C1 to C3. These codes will be entered on the Electrical Installation Condition Report, along with a description of the nature of the fault, and will determine whether a ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ report will be applied to the installation.

 

  • C1 - ‘Danger present’: There is a risk of injury and that immediate remedial action is required to remove the dangerous condition.

  • C2 - ‘Potentially dangerous condition’: Urgent remedial action required, this should declare the nature of the problem, not the remedial actions required.

  • C3 - ‘Improvement recommended’ This code more often than not implies that while the installation may not comply with the current set of regulations, complies with a previous set of regulations and so is deemed to be safe although this safety can be improved upon.

 

Of coarse any remedial work can be carried out by other qualified third party persons if you choose, however, we would be pleased to offer you a competitive quotation to complete the work to ensure your installation is to a safe standard and complies with BS7617:  Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) & Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.  Regulations


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We offer extremely competitive prices for commercial and industrial premises from just £19 per circuit. Furthermore, we provide fire alarm testing and emergency lighting testing.

For Your Information.

IEE (IET) recommends the maximum time between Electrical Installation Contidion Reports (EICR):

  • Commercial premises - max 5 years 

  • Industrial premises - max 3 years 

  • Hotels and Public Houses - max 5 years 

  • Shops and Offices - max 5 years 

  • Domestic - max 10 years or at change of occupancy 

  • Residential - max 5 years or at change of occupancy

  • Community Centres/Village Halls - max 5 years 

  • Churches - max 5 years 

  • Educational premises - max 5 years 

  • Places of public entertainment and theatres - max 3 years 

  • Leisure complexes (excluding swimming pools) - max 3 years 

  • Swimming Pools - max 1 year 

  • Construction site/temporary installations - every 3 months 

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