123sfrePeriodic Inspection and Testing (Electrical Installation Condition Reports EICR)

In time all electrical wiring begins to deteriorate and it is therefore essential to test all fixed wires regularly to ensure complete compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations.

The ‘Electricity at Work Regulations 1989′ in Regulations 4(1) and 4(2) specifies the requirement that an electrical installation should be designed, installed, constructed and maintained in a safe manner at all times. The basis for periodic inspection and testing is derived from Guidance Note 3 of the ‘IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671:2008′.

Legislation and regulations place a duty of care on employers and employees for the safety of themselves and others, meaning that compliance must not be a paperwork exercise but a real initiative to ensure safety. Carrying out frequent inspection & testing to your electrical system will promote this safety.

What is tested?

In addition to PAT testing it is important to complete compliance testing on fixed wire installations; this is the testing of electrical systems that conduct electricity around a building. Examples include the distribution board all circuit breakers and associated RCBs, the complete earthing of the installation with all cables, switches, sockets and fixtures such as lighting, air conditioning units and any other fixed plant for compliance.

It covers all the hard wiring in a building, whether that building is commercial, industrial or residential.

Our inspection and testing of an electrical installation generates a periodic inspection report which is a condition report supplemented by the testing results. It is conducted by competent qualified inspectors; the inspection highlights any significant defects on an electrical system. These may include; exposed conductors or terminations, broken covers, conduits or trunking: the lack of earthing on conductive parts, inadequate support or damage to cables.

The testing of an electrical installation follows BS7671:2008 and comprises of:

Visual inspection
Continuity of protective conductors and bonding
Continuity of ring circuit
Insulation resistance
Earth fault loop impedance
Prospective fault current
Operation of residual current devices
Functional testing