Electrical Testing (EICR)
Whether you need an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) for a new electrical installation, or you require a periodic Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to satisfy a legal requirement at your commercial workplace or to meet your legal obligation as the landlord of a rented home, ShineTech can help.
Like everything else, electrical installations can deteriorate over time. Accidental damage, wear and tear, foreign body ingress, corrosion, DIY electrical works and thermal damage to the electrical cables, distribution equipment or accessories due to overloading can all contribute to the deterioration.
There are two types of electrical inspections. Both follow somewhat similar inspection and testing procedures. The difference is the type of document issued following the inspection and testing of your electrical installation.
Electrical Installation Certificates (EIC)
Every new electrical installation must be inspected, tested and certified before it can be handed over to the end-user or client.
Once this has been done, an Electrical Installation Certificate must be issued to confirm that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the installation duly complies with the requirements of the Wiring Regulations, BS7671 current edition (as of now 18th edition).
An Electrical Installation Certificate is required for all new installations as well as when major alterations or additions are made to an existing installation.
In addition to the certification, for all new installations and major electrical works in domestic premises, the local authority’s building control service must be notified.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
As mentioned previously, electrical installations can deteriorate over time. The purpose of the Electrical Installation Condition Report is to determine that the installation is safe for continued use.
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out on all existing electrical installations at regular intervals by an electrically competent person.
In tenanted domestic properties this is also widely known as a Landlord Safety Certificate, and as an Electrical Safety Certificate in commercial establishments. However, it is not a ‘certificate’ but a ‘report’.
The sole purpose of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is to verify and confirm that the existing installation is safe for continued use.