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Fixed electrical installations (light switches, plug sockets, wiring circuits) in premises all deteriorate with time and usage and could possibly become a fire hazard. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires fixed electrical installations to be periodically tested and inspected by a qualified engineer. This type of test and inspection is known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report and it is an in-depth test and inspection of the electrical installation reported on a form that complies with current wiring regulations. All of the accessible electrical accessories (socket outlets, switches, etc.) are visually inspected, with 10% of them being inspected internally. This means that the accessories are opened up to expose the wiring and terminals to establish if there is anything to suggest poor installation or quality of materials.
The installation is also inspected for the presence of bonding conductors, the correct type and location of switchgear and that the installation is being used correctly.
A detailed test follows, where a range of tests are carried out on each circuit to determine that the safety measures that have been put in place will operate correctly in fault conditions. This includes determining that the earth fault path is effective enough to result in automatic disconnection of the supply in the event of a fault, that the wiring is in good condition and that the residual current device (RCD) operates quickly enough to avoid any danger to the users of the installation.
All tests and inspections are conducted by NAPIT affiliated qualified engineers to the required British Standard
You need a current Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in order to meet your health and safety requirements and comply with:
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 .