Electrical Installation Conditioning Reports (EICR), Emergency light testing, Fire Alarm testing, Thermal Imaging and Data Logging. PAT Testing.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.
Once completed you will be issued with an Electrical Condition Report (EICR).
A periodic inspection will:
Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
Identify any defective electrical work.
We would Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
How often is a periodic inspection required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
- Commercial Premises: 5yrs (or at change of occupancy or selling of the business/property)
- Offices: 5 Years
- Shops: 5 Years
- Cinemas: 1-3 Years (Licensing rules may determine the frequency)
- Schools/Colleges: 5 Years
- Churches: 5 Years
- Marinas: 1 Year
- Leisure Centre (excluding Pools): 3 Years
- Restaurants/Pubs: 5 Years
- Hotels: 5 Years
- Theatres: 3 Years
- Community Centres: 5 Years
- Swimming Pools: 1 Year
- Caravans/ Caravan Parks: 1 Year
Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
The inspection considers all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
The suitability of the switchgear and control gear. For example, an old fuse box with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
The presence of adequate identification and notices.
The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
Walker Electrical LTD will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If anything, dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.
Portable appliance testing (PAT)
Walker Electrical recommend PAT testing to all of its clients. The test is used to examine all electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination, but some types of defect can only be found by testing. The PAT test will make sure all components our checked and certified for the year.
Fire alarm regulations
Walker Electrical recommend that your fire alarm system must be ‘adequately maintained’ every year, however BS 5839 recommends that a fire alarm system should be inspected by one of our competent Technicians at least every 6 months and the government recommends following this standard.
All Prices Vary and we can work with you to accommodate your needs and budget.