All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. Consequently they should be inspected and tested at regular intervals to ensure they remain in a satisfactory condition. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as a 'periodic inspection' or PIR.
Periodic inspections presently go by the acronym EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), and they involve testing the electrical circuits that distribute electricity around a building. It covers all the hard wiring in a building, whether that building is commercial, industrial or residential. All electrical circuits in a building that are fixed, such as lighting, sockets, showers, supplies to air conditioning and other fixed plant need to be tested. You can find guidance for the process within BS7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations).
It is becoming increasingly common for insurance companies to require a satisfactory EICR for the buildings they insure. This is not restricted to the building itself; ensuring your electrical installation is safe for your workforce, tenants and clients is not just a moral obligation, a duty of care exists legally to ensure electrical safety.
EICR's are also often requested by mortgage providers as a condition of the mortgage approval. Further to this, it is looking likely that satisfactory EICR's will become a mandatory requirement for rental properties in England quite soon.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
We can provide full or part EICR's depending on your requirements.
We also provide PAT (Portable Appliance Testing).
Further to the above we can provide a largely visual report with some limited testing - this is useful to some extent but is not as in-depth as an EICR.