Do you know when your EICR is due? Is it 2023?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an evaluation of a commercial property’s electrical installation. A report which should always be carried out by an approved contractor or a qualified electrician. Most commercial buildings such as shops and offices should have electrical testing carried out every five years. Other buildings like factories need testing more often. When you are responsible for a commercial building like a shop, office or warehouse, you need to ensure the electrical installation and circuits stay safe. If you are unsure of how often you need to test, contact us for advice or visit here for more information.
Who is responsible for an EICR test?
If you’re the manager, director, landlord, owner or guardian of a commercial or industrial property then under the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation is safe and well maintained.
A typical EICR inspection identifies the following issues in your electrical system:
- Faulty circuits or equipment that may cause overheating
- Defects in wiring, fuse spurs and light fittings
- Broken or cracked wiring
- Inadequate earthing or bonding
If the duty holder/responsible person breaches any of these regulations, local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000. It is also their duty to ensure that urgent remedial works highlighted in the report are addressed immediately. An EICR should be carried out at the correct intervals as advised, not only to ensure that you have fulfilled your legal requirements, but to keep people safe. An EICR is not simply a piece of red tape but can help save lives. Before the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 the rate of workplace injuries was high. But since the passing of this act, the numbers have consistently fallen. Routinely inspecting your electrical installations will help to prevent accidents.
At Black Pear Electrical we make sure that your business needs are our priority. We understand that running a business can be complicated, so we endeavour to always work around your timetable to carry out the work at a time that is convenient to you. For example, during the evenings, or in your quiet periods of the year. We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of work to all our clients, and ensure that all our electricians are fully qualified, competent and experienced. With Black Pear Electrical you can rest assured that your building is in safe hands. To book your EICR today contact us on 01905 700 490 or for more information please visit our FAQ