EICR Inspections and Certification

EICR Inspections and Certification

All workplaces in the UK must have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) conducted on a regular basis.

Failure to provide a safe workplace under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations Act can have serious consequences including decommissioning of the building and financial penalties.

phs Compliance provides you with a complete inspection and certification service carried out by our own nationwide team of fully qualified electrical engineers.

Employing phs Compliance for your EICR Certification gives you the peace of mind that all work is carried out and authorised by a company of national standing with full industry and regulatory accreditation, which employs all its own operatives, and does not use third-party subcontractors or franchisees.

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EICR at a Glance

  • EICR is a legal requirement under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations Act
  • It is recommended by British Standards BS 7671 2008 (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

The EICR will show whether the electrical installation is in a satisfactory or unsatisfactory condition and will list observations affecting the safety or requiring improvements.

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, under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations Act, it is recommended that EICR routine checks are conducted on an annual basis as part of the regular electrical PAT testing and fire safety services which phs Compliance is able to provide. The maximum period between inspections 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, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a legal requirement for every UK workplace or building as stipulated in the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations. It is also recommended by British Standards BS 7671 2008 (Regulation 135.1) that every electrical installation is subjected to regular inspection and testing.

All electrical installations must meet the wiring regulations as laid out by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) which has the same status as British Standards.

 

Irrespective of the age of the installation, in order to ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), all electrical installations need to be maintained in a safe condition and must be inspected and tested by a qualified person, such as phs Compliance electrical engineers.

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

 

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. .

 

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