Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR’s) were previously called Periodic Testing Reports. An EICR is a comprehensive inspection of the electrical installation at your business or home. It is also known as Fixed Wire Testing.
Businesses and landlords are required by law to conduct regular electrical testing on their premises. Householders are not, but an electrical condition report is usually required as part of the house buying and selling process, and at a minimum should be undertaken at least once every ten years. It is also good practice to regularly check the safety of the electrical system in your home, as you would do with your heating system.
R&B M&E Ltd are NICEIC Approved Contractors and Domestic Installers for allelectrical installation, electrical testing and electrical maintenance. We are also members of the Electrical Contractors Association.
Electrical Testing Frequency
The recommended frequency of Fixed Wire Testing varies between 1 and 5 years depending upon the business type, so how often do you need to test your workplace?
EICR Fixed Wire Testing checks that your electrical installations or circuits conform to the latest wiring regulations, to ensure you are compliant with relevant workplace safety legislation.
The frequency of testing is specified in the latest version of the IET Wiring Regulations (currently BS7671:2018) and is determined by;
The type of installation
How often it is used
The external influences or environment to which the electrical installation is exposed.
For many commercial businesses, an EICR will be required at the lowest frequency interval – every 5 Years. However, higher risk environments will require 3 Yearly or even more frequent testing.
It should be noted that all stated periods are maximum intervals. Deterioration of the installation may indicate a need to reduce the interval between testing.
5 Year Fixed Wire Testing
Most standard workplace environments need an Electrical Installation Condition Report to be produced at least every 5 years. However, there should be regular, routine inspections conducted at least annually.
Typical workplaces which require 5 Yearly Fixed Wire Testing include:
Commercial spaces such as offices and retail outlets
Hotels and restaurants (excluding spa hotels)
Schools, colleges and universities
Community centres, churches and public houses
Care homes and hospitals (excluding medical locations)
Halls of residence, houses of multiple occupancies
3 Year or 1 Year Fixed Wire Testing
Environments that may be exposed to moisture, dust, extreme temperatures or which are open to the general public constitute a higher risk and therefore require more frequent testing. These workplaces require testing every 1 -3 years, with more frequent routine inspections also required.
Typical workplaces or environments which require 3 or 1 year Fixed Wire Testing include:
Spa hotels and leisure centres – 3 years
Industrial Units – 3 years
Theatres and places of public entertainment – 3 years
Caravans – 3 years
Cinemas – 1 year (front of house), 3 years (back of house)
Agricultural or horticultural establishments – 3 years
Medical locations in hospitals or clinics – 1 year
Swimming pools and saunas – 1 year
Caravan Parks and Marinas – 1 year
Fish Farms, Laundrettes, Petrol Stations – 1 year
The EICR report will outline any deterioration, damage, defects or other dangerous aspects of your electrical system, plus anything that is not aligned with current safety standards or could place people at risk.
If a periodic test comes back negative, the EICR will be recorded as “unsatisfactory”, indicating that work is required immediately to remove the risk to anyone who is living in or working on the property. The report will also show which electrical system(s) failed the periodic test. Any required work is classified using specific codes, these are:
C1 – this means ‘danger is present, there is a likely risk of injury and action is required immediately.
C2 – potentially dangerous with remedial action needed urgently.
C3 – improvements to your electrical system are recommended. This is the only code that can appear on an EICR and still pass the test.
When your electrical system has fully passed the periodic inspection and any urgent remedial work is complete, you will be supplied with an EICR Certificate of Safety.
If you would like any further information on EICR’s, or would like a quotation to have one carried out, please complete the form below. Thank you.