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An Electrical Installation Condition Reports, or EICR test, is an evaluation of the electrical system and installation within a commercial property. It is designed to show and examine the condition of the systems and help the owner and occupiers of the building comply with safety regulations.
Robinsons Facilities Services can offer EICR tests in your commercial property, outlining the efficiency and state of repair of the electrical system and advising on any repairs or work that may be required. This can inform repair work and maintenance of your system.
What is an EICR Test?
The EICR testing procedure involves a visual inspection of the electrical installation and systems within a commercial property. The EICR may also involve tests for continuity, insulation resistance and polarity, or how the system reacts if there is a fault.
The inspection is carried out by a qualified electrician who will assess the condition of the installation and identify any repairs or work that may be required.
Afterward, you will receive an electrical installation condition report for your commercial property, which shows any advisories for work to be completed or potential hazards.
Why Get an EICR Test?
EICR tests are important in ensuring the safety of those who occupy or use a commercial property. The test can identify any potential hazards, which if left unaddressed could pose a risk to life or lead to damage of the property.
EICR tests are not necessarily optional, either, so you may need to get regular tests to ensure legal compliance.
Is an Electrical Installation Condition Report a Legal Requirement?
The laws have recently changed regarding EICR testing. You now need to get a 5 year electrical compliance testing for commercial buildings. The government’s guidelines state that:
“The electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units (fuse boxes) and other fixed electrical parts in rented homes must be inspected and tested every 5 years, or more often than this if the inspector thinks that is necessary.”
Both EICR and PAT testing are key to meeting your obligations when it comes to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Landlords and Tenants Act 1985.
The EICR regulations apply to commercial buildings including:
- Hotels and guest-houses.
- Shops and offices.
- Factories and warehouses.
- Pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Benefits of an EICR Test
There are many benefits to having an EICR test carried out on your commercial property, including:
- Improved safety for those who occupy or use the property.
- Reduced risk of fire or damage to the property.
- Compliance with legal requirements.
- Peace of mind knowing that the electrical system is in good condition.
If you are a commercial property owner or occupier, then it is important to have an EICR test carried out on your property to ensure the safety of those who use it and to comply with legal requirements. Robinsons Facilities Services can carry out EICR tests on your behalf, providing you with a detailed report of the condition of your electrical system.
Robinsons Facilities Services can also carry out planned preventative maintenance for your business premises, including helping to maintain your electrical system. This can save you time and money in the long run, as well as ensuring the safety of your property.
How Long Does an EICR Test Take?
It can vary hugely depending on the size of the property being tested, but as a general guide, an EICR test on a small commercial property can be completed in less than half a working day. Larger properties can take significantly longer.
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EICR Test FAQs
The minimum interval is every five years, but a lot of higher-risk environments require more regular EICR testing. Annual testing is the safest option for high-risk workplaces and to ensure peace of mind.
Registered electricians are required to carry out EICR tests as you may need to prove that a competent and trained individual was entrusted with your electrical items. Don’t attempt this yourself without training.
You can be fined up to £30,000 for not having an EICR and may even face a prison sentence.
Yes, it is a legal requirement that you provide the EICR, and as discussed you must provide a new Electrical Installation Certificate Report every 5 years in commercial buildings as a minimum.
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