EICR Fixed Wire Inspections and Certification

EICR Inspections and Certification (Fixed Wire Testing)

In the UK, it is important for all workplaces to undergo an Electrical Installation Condition Report, also known as the EICR test or fixed wire testing, periodically. Workplaces that successfully pass the fixed wire testing will be granted an electrical safety certificate, signifying compliance with safety standards.

It is critical to recognize the importance of adhering to the Electrical Work Regulations of 1989. Failure to conduct fixed wire testing and ensure a safe workplace can lead to severe repercussions, including the decommissioning of the building and substantial financial penalties. Possessing an EICR certificate through fixed wire testing is concrete evidence that your workplace is 100% compliant and maintains the highest safety standards.

phs Compliance offers an all-encompassing inspection and certification service executed by our dedicated nationwide team of electrical engineers who are fully qualified in EICR reporting and fixed wire testing. This ensures that your workplace meets the legal requirements and adheres to best practices in electrical safety.

By opting for phs Compliance for your EICR certification and fixed wire testing, you benefit from the peace of mind that comes with knowing all work is performed and authorized by a reputable company with national standing. phs Compliance holds full industry and regulatory accreditations and exclusively employs its own team of specialists for EICR certification and fixed wire testing. Importantly, phs Compliance does not rely on third-party subcontractors or franchisees, ensuring consistency and the highest level of quality in the services provided.

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EICR (Fixed Wire Testing) at a Glance

  • EICR is a legal requirement for landlords and commercial buildings under the Electrical work regulations 1989
  • It is recommended by British Standards BS 7671 18th Edition (Regulation 135.1)
  • Records inspection and testing ensuring safety of the electrical installation
  • Reports on damage or wear and tear that compromises safety
  • Identifies areas of the electrical installation that do not meet IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Wiring Regulations
  • Identifies components that may cause high temperatures or electric shocks
  • Provides a record of the safety status of the installation until the next report
  • Provides electrical safety certificates to prove compliance

The EICR electrical installation condition report; or fixed wire testing, will show whether the electrical installation is in a satisfactory or unsatisfactory condition and will list observations affecting the safety or requiring improvements. Electrical safety certificates can be provided confirming compliance or non-compliance.

 

Ratings resulting from an EICR report:

Unsatisfactory
C1 - Danger present,immediate remedial action required
C2 - Potentially dangerous, urgent remedial work required - notice to complete remedial work within 30 days
FI – Further investigation required

Satisfactory
C3 - Recommendations for improvement or advisories for improvement are given.

Frequency of testing

To comply with your duty of care obligations and electrical safety standards in business premises, domestic properties or rental properties, under the Electrical work regulations 1989, it is recommended that EICR routine checks are conducted by qualified electricians on an annual basis as part of the regular electrical PAT testing of electrical appliances and fire safety services which phs Compliance is able to provide. The maximum period between inspections by a qualified engineer should be no longer than 3-5 years depending on industry.

 

What is an EICR Certificate?

Sometimes referred to as Fixed Wire Inspection and Test or more colloquially an electrical inspection, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a legal requirement for all UK workplaces, rental properties or buildings as stipulated in the Electrical work regulations 1989. It is also recommended by British Standards BS 7671 18th Edition (Regulation 135.1) that every electrical installation is subjected to regular EICR inspections and testing.

All electrical installations must meet the electrical safety standards and wiring regulations as laid out by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) which has the same status as British Standards. Private landlords and other building owners are responsible for this.

 

Irrespective of the age of the installation, in order to ensure compliance with the Electrical work regulations 1989, all electrical installations need to be maintained in a safe condition and must be inspected and tested by a qualified person in line with all relevant safety measures, such as by phs Compliance electrical safety check engineers.

As electrical wiring, sockets, fuse boxes, fuse boards, light switches, circuits, mains panels and distribution boards can deteriorate or can be damaged, periodic inspection and electrical testing involve rigorous visual and electronic procedures to ensure the compliance of your workplace with statutory responsibilities and the associated electrical installation certificates.

 

An Electrical Installation Condition Report certifies the in-service condition of an electrical installation against the requirements of the edition of BS 7671 current at the time of the inspection, detecting and reporting any factors impairing or likely to impair the safety of an electrical installation.

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and fixed wire testing fundamentally refer to the same process. Other terms such as electrical safety inspection or electrical safety report are more colloquial and can refer to these inspections or to PAT testing. "EICR" denotes the official document produced after the assessment, while "fixed wire testing" emphasizes the actual inspection and examination of the electrical systems. The distinction in terminology arises from the focus on different aspects of the procedure, though in professional settings, the terms are used interchangeably.

 

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