Testing And Inspection
We offer a range of Testing and Inspection Services. Your property may require an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR for many reasons which are detailed below. NF Electrical can carry out these safety checks for Domestic Commercial and Industrial premises.
Periodic Inspection Explained
Electrical installations and wiring/cabling all deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be tested and inspected at appropriate intervals to check that its condition is safe and deterioration is not a rise for concern.
What do you receive?
BS7671: 2011 Compliant Periodic Inspection Report
- Schedule of Test Results
- Evidence of any defect and departures from the IEE Wiring Regulations
- Professional technical advice from a qualified engineer
- Notification and advice, relating to the frequency and extent of future tests
- A quotation for any remedial works required
- Peace of Mind
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.
- 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:
- 5 years for an owner-occupied home
- 1-5 years for a rented home
Other times when a periodic testing and inspection should be carried out are:
- When a property is being prepared for letting.
- Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
- Between 1-5 years dependent on your business.
Ever since the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 came into force in 1990 and the Health & Safety at Work Act in 1974, every business has to be electrically safe for use by their staff, customers and the public.
According to Government statistics, each year, on average, 10 people die and approximately 750 are seriously injured involving unsafe electrical installations in the home and workplace. Testing and Inspection is important.
It is essential that the inspector knows the extent of the installation to be inspected and any criteria regarding the limit of the inspection. This should be recorded.
Inquiries should be made to the person responsible for the electrical installation with regard to the provision of diagrams, design criteria, electricity supply and earthing arrangements.
Diagrams, charts or tables should be available to indicate the type and composition of circuits, identification of protective devices for shock protection, isolation and switching and a description of the method used for fault protection.
Electrical Installations should not be left without any attention for the periods of years that are normally allowed between formal inspections. In domestic premises it is presumed that the occupier will soon notice any breakages or excessive wear and arrange for precautions to be taken and repairs to be carried out.
In other situations, there must be arrangements made for initiating reports of wear and tear from users of the premises. This should be supplemented by routine checks. The frequency of these checks will depend entirely upon the nature of the premises.