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What is the purpose of an EICR

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Electrical Installation Condition Reporting (EICR)

 

What is the purpose of An Eicr?

 

An electrical safety inspection is to Confirm, so far as reasonably practicable that the electrical installation, fixtures, fittings or appliances are in a satisfactory condition for continued service; and Identify any work which relates to electrical installations, fixtures, fittings or appliances which needs to be done to ensure that they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service, a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.

 

When does the Eicr have to be carried out?

 

An Electrical Installation Condition Report should be carried out at least every five years or at the end of a tenancy, whichever comes first.

 

What requires to be Inspected?

 

An EICR must cover … Electrical Fittings, the consumer unit (fuse box), All switches, Socket Outlets, Light Fittings, any visible wiring and Fixed electrical equipment Fixed electrical heating equipment e.g. storage or panel heaters Boilers and other heat producing equipment Hard-wired smoke and fire detectors.

 

What the Law says….

 

“Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that their rental property, and any electrical equipment provided, is safe before a tenancy begins and throughout its duration.”

 

 

Certificate or Report?

An Eicr is as it indicates i.e. a report and not a certificate. It provides an assessment of the condition of the Installation against the current edition of the regulations of BS7671.

Classification Codes….

Code C1 ‘Danger present Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.

Code C2 ‘Potentially dangerous Urgent remedial action required

Code C3 ‘Improvement recommended.


                               

Examples of Eicr Classification Codes    

 

C1

 - Exposed live parts that are accessible to touch, such as where:

-           A fuse carrier or circuit-breaker is missing from a consumer unit and a blanking piece is not fitted in its place.

-           Terminations or connections have no (or damaged) barriers or enclosures.

-           Live conductors have no (or damaged) insulation.

-           An accessory is badly damaged.

 

C2

-          A public utility water pipe being used as the means of earthing for the installation.

-          A gas or oil pipe being used as the means of earthing for the installation.

-          Cross-sectional area of the earthing conductor does not satisfy adiabatic requirements (that is, does not comply with Regulation 543.1.1).

-          Absence of a circuit protective conductor for a lighting circuit supplying one or more items of Class I equipment, or connected to switches having metallic face plates.

-          Absence of a notice warning that lighting circuits have no circuit protective conductor.

-          Absence of a circuit protective conductor for a circuit, other than a lighting circuit, supplying one or more items of Class I equipment.

-          Absence of earthing at a socket-outlet.

-          Absence of main protective bonding.

-     Absence of a reliable and effective means of earthing for the installation.

 

-         Absence of RCD protection for portable or mobile equipment that may reasonably be expected to be used outdoors.

 

C3

-          Absence of RCD protection for a socket-outlet that is unlikely to supply portable or mobile equipment for use outdoors, does not serve a location containing a bath or shower, and the use of which is otherwise not considered by the inspector to result in potential danger.

-          Electrical equipment having an inadequate degree of ingress protection (IP rating) for the external influences likely to occur in the location.

-          Bare protective conductor of an insulated and sheathed cable not sleeved with insulation, colour coded to indicate its function.

-          Electrical equipment having an inadequate degree of ingress protection (IP rating) for the external influences likely to occur in the location, if this does not result in potential danger.

 

 

After the Inspection, you will receive your report (Illustrated below). This will have a generated serial number that CANNOT be changed. It will detail everything that was inspected and tested, and it will determine if the installation is deemed “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”.

It will highlight what (if any) remedial action will have to be carried out for the installation to comply with BS7671. Codes C1 and C2 have to be rectified but C3 codes can be left undone but it is recommended all actions are addressed.

 

 

On completion of the remedial works, you will then receive a Remedial Installations Work Record (Illustrated below). This report asks for the Serial Number of the Eicr and details the remedial work that has been carried out. This becomes proof that the remedial works arising from the Eicr have been carried out and should be attached to the original Eicr.


 

Sources for Information………

 

-          Select (Electrical Contractors Association)

-          Best Practice Guide 4 Publication (Electrical Safety First) (Full Pdf copies available on request, just ask)

 
information provided by our partner at ESN electrical Solutions 




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