Take Charge of Compliance

The electrical safety report, a polyonymous term also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), or Fixed Wire Testing, is integral to maintaining site-wide compliance.

So, why is electrical maintenance so important, and is an EICR a legal requirement?

The inspection is designed to assess the condition of your electrical installation, highlighting any deterioration, which could later result in costly downtime, and time-consuming breakdowns for commercial properties. From insufficiently insulated wiring causing potential fire hazards, to exposed connections increasing the chances of electric shock, neglecting to test domestic properties and certify their safety is equally important.

During the EICR, the qualified electrician will assess the site, taking note of visual observations and categorising each one with a recommendation code. These codes will reflect the severity of each fault, decreasing from C1, to C3. An observation alone cannot confirm the safety of the electrical system. The consumer unit, adequacy of the earthing and bonding, and all system wiring is thoroughly tested, identifying issues which go against the BS 7671:2018 Wiring Regulations.

Although an EICR is not a legal requirement, the landlord or workplace Duty Holder has a responsibility to safeguard the safety of their occupants. For instance, the electrocution of a tenant due to unsafe electrics can result in the prosecution of the landlord, while a satisfactory report is often used by companies to fulfil The Electricity at Work Act. Additionally, many insurance providers will require an electrical safety certificate prior to providing cover. It is recommended that businesses and landlords carry out this periodic inspection every five years (dependant on the specific site requirements and usage), while it is recommended that homeowners have their property tested at least every ten years.

And finally, is it a costly service?

Many contractors will price based on whether the circuit carries a single or three phase voltage. If your site contains a high volume of circuits, this premium rate can soon amount to a pretty penny. Here at Lantei, we operate under a 100% transparency policy. We do not charge this premium rate, basing all costings on a single-phase circuit. If our engineer uncovers more circuits than initially quoted, we will always contact the site to request an uplift. We are committed to providing this maintenance service with no hidden costs, and no unwelcome surprises.

If you are on the hunt for a reputable, nationwide provider, give us a call on 01772 250179 for a complimentary quotation.

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