What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and why do I need one?

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and why do I need one?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an in-depth inspection and testing of a building’s electrical installation.

It is a five-yearly recommendation for all commercial and organisational premises in the UK, carried out by an accredited engineer under the guidelines of British Standard 7671 for wiring regulations.

The report assesses the safety and compliance of of all electrical circuits and systems that distribute electricity. The result is either ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ and any issues are highlighted and categorised for further attention.

The purpose of EICR is to keep people and buildings safe, because using electricity is not without risk – such as the potential for shock, or the possibility of fire. As ordinary wear and tear takes its toll and your building gets older, these risks increase.

All businesses and organisations need an up-to-date EICR and Genco specialises in providing these to commercial premises.

What does EICR involve?

During the testing process, a qualified engineer will subject each circuit to a series of tests, ensuring that all wiring is safe, and configured correctly. 

Each circuit’s cable and accessories, including light switches and fittings, socket outlets, air conditioning supplies and other fixed plant will be tested and inspected for visual damage, wear and tear. 

 

What problems can EICR identify?

The EICR will identify any damage, deterioration, defects and dangerous conditions in the installation.

Our engineers will also determine whether components such as earthing, bonding and incoming supply are fit for purpose, and record this information in the report.

Any issues found during testing will be categorised as follows, and reported back to you:

  • C1 – indicates danger that requires immediate attention
  • C2 – shows there is a potential for danger and requires urgent attention
  • C3 – determines that the electrics pose no current danger, but still recommends improvements to the electrical system.

 

Our experienced engineers will label all sockets, switches, and any relevant accessories for ease of maintenance and circuit identification.

We’ll endeavour to provide a full condition report with minimal limitations – for example, if a circuit cannot be fully tested – to ensure a comprehensive report for your premises, giving you all available information, and providing peace of mind that the job has been done well.

To talk to Genco about EICR testing, please email info@gencoelectrical.co.uk.

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