What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a critical document that provides an assessment of the safety and condition of an electrical installation. It is typically carried out by a qualified electrician or electrical contractor to ensure that the electrical wiring, systems, and appliances in a building are safe to use.

What is the purpose of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

The main purpose of the Electrical Installation Condition Report is to identify any potential risks or problems with an electrical system. It is a thorough examination that checks if everything is functioning correctly and if there are any signs of deterioration, damage, or faults that could pose a safety hazard.

The EICR aims to ensure compliance with the set electrical safety standards and regulations. It provides an overview of the current condition of electrical installations, such as wiring, switches, sockets, lighting fixtures, distribution boards, and more. By identifying and documenting any issues, it allows property owners or managers to address them promptly, preventing accidents, fires, or equipment failures.

What happens during an EICR?

On the day of the assessment, the electrician will arrive to carry out a comprehensive inspection. They will typically start by requesting access to electrical distribution boards, fuse boxes, and other central components of the system.

The electrician will then examine the electrical installation in a structured and methodical manner. This involves visual inspections, involving checking for any visible damage, loose connections, or signs of wear and tear. They will also assess the general condition of electrical switchgear, sockets, lights, and wiring systems. If any issues are discovered during this initial evaluation, further investigations may be required.

Throughout the inspection, the electrician will document their findings in a comprehensive report. This report will detail any observed defects, areas requiring improvement, or non-compliance with regulations. It may also include recommendations for remedial actions to rectify the issues and improve the safety and efficiency of the electrical installation.

What will the EICR report show?

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will provide a detailed overview of the current condition of the electrical installations in a building or property. The report will highlight any defects, faults, or areas of concern that were identified during the inspection. This may include issues such as:

• Signs of deterioration or damage to electrical wiring, sockets, switches, and lighting fixtures.
• Loose connections or exposed wires that pose a safety hazard.
• Overloaded circuits or inadequate protection devices.
• Non-compliance with electrical safety regulations and standards.
• Recommendations for remedial actions to address any identified issues.

The report will typically include a classification code for each finding, indicating the severity of the issue and whether immediate action is required. This classification code will help property owners or managers prioritise and plan for any necessary repairs or upgrades.

Who is responsible for EICR?

For commercial properties and workplaces, the responsibility falls on the employer or the person in control of the premises. They have a duty of care towards employees, customers, and anyone else who may use the premises. This duty includes ensuring that the electrical installations are safe and fit for purpose. As a result, they must arrange for regular EICRs to be conducted by a competent person, who is often an experienced electrician or an electrical contractor.

In some cases, the responsibility may shift to the local authority or housing association, particularly for social housing or rental properties. These entities have an obligation to provide safe and habitable living conditions, which includes electrical systems. Therefore, they would be responsible for arranging EICRs to be carried out by a competent electrician.

In case of privately rented properties, landlords are legally required to keep the electrical installations in their property safe and in proper working order, and here is a guide for tenants. Electrical installations must be inspected at least every 5 years by a properly qualified person, and your landlord must provide tenants with proof of this inspection being completed.

How FireCare and Security Can Help You Remain Compliant

Remaining compliant with fire safety and security measures can often be a daunting task, especially for businesses with limited knowledge and resources. FireCare and Security recognise this challenge and provide ongoing support to their clients. They offer regular maintenance and servicing of fire safety and security systems, ensuring that all equipment is in optimal working condition and meets regulatory requirements. Additionally, their team of experts stays updated with the latest regulatory changes, so businesses can rest assured knowing they are complying with the most current standards.

If you need help with your EICR, book your audit with FireCare today by completing our online contact form or alternatively call us on: 02380 269833.