Why Is An EICR Needed?
Because it is impossible to determine whether an electrical device is operating correctly just by looking at it, an EICR is required to inspect and test these devices to ensure they remain safe to operate.
All electrical installations deteriorate over time and more often than not, have been added to or altered by unskilled and/or unregistered people. This can cause dangerous electrics and hazardous conditions within your business premises, which not only contravene health and safety legislation but which can pose a risk to human life.
Legal Requirements for an EICR
It is a legal requirement to conduct electrical safety inspections in workplaces and in rented commercial and domestic premises:
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
This requires that employers must ensure that electrical systems within workplaces are safely installed and maintained to prevent the risk of death or personal injury within the workplace. This requires that all businesses conduct an EICR at least every five years.
Landlords and Tenants Act 1985
Landlords renting out commercial and domestic buildings are required to perform an EICR at least every five years on all electronic installations within a property to indicate that all systems have been tested, checked and certified as safe by a qualified electrician. Landlords must make a copy of the electrical installation condition report available to tenants and their local authority within 30 days, if requested.
It is imperative that you regularly have the integrity of all of your installations monitored and checked in order to reduce the risk of fire.
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