What is Fixed Electrical Testing (EICR)?

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Also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report, Fixed Electrical Testing is an inspection of the electrical circuits in your building. It includes circuits such as lighting and wall sockets. It exists to keep you and your employees safe, and to avoid the disastrous consequences of faulty electrics.

Why do I need Fixed Electrical Testing?

Over time, things degrade. This is true even of professional electrical circuits installed to the highest standard. As the condition of their components worsens, electrical circuits can become dangerous. The two main risks of faulty electrics are the risk of electrocution and the risk of fire. Both of these are clearly serious issues that could cause a huge amount of damage to a person, the building, or your business. Without EICR, serious faults could go unnoticed – until it is too late.

Is fixed electrical testing required by law?

There are many Health and Safety regulations that govern your responsibility to provide a safe environment for your staff and members of the general public. The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 requires you and your employees to ensure the safety of the building for everyone. Furthermore, the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 states that all provisions must be taken against the event of an electric shock. Electrocution and the risk of fire are two extreme dangers, so failure to take all preventative measures is a criminal offence. This makes fixed wire testing essential to keep your business operating lawfully.

How often does an EICR have to be carried out?

There are recommended guidelines concerning the frequency of fixed electrical testing, although the final decision comes down to the ‘Competent Person’ in charge of the inspections. For commercial installations, residential accommodation, shops, laboratories, and offices, it is suggested that EICR is carried out every five years, or whenever there is a change of occupancy. Domestic installations need fixed wire testing every ten years, while industrial installations should be inspected every three years.

There are particular circumstances that will affect how frequently electrical testing is required. The ‘Competent Person’ will have to make this decision based upon the specifications of their building.

How is fixed wire testing carried out?

The tests are carried out by a certified engineer, who will check all fuses, cables, and circuits to ensure everything is functioning properly. In order to do this, the engineer will have to shut down each circuit for a short period of time. They will test all systems to ensure that they are performing as expected, there are no problems with the circuits, and that all safety procedures are working correctly in the event of an emergency.

Once fixed electrical testing is completed, you will receive a detailed report covering the engineer’s findings and the results of the tests. Any faults and problems discovered during fixed wire testing will be highlighted, and the engineer will need to disable the effected systems.

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