What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing is the report and inspection of electrical systems in a premises in regards to safety. It is known as the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), previously known as the Periodic Inspection Report. It is designed to make sure that the electrical wiring is compliant with current regulations.
How does the service work?
An EICR report works by testing the existing state of the electrical wiring, circuits and anything connected to the electrical system throughout the premises.
This is a thorough inspection, and everything electrical will be tested for wear and tear, as well as more obvious visual damage. Our engineers and operatives are experts in spotting any potential hazards within your internal system. We check all areas of your system including the main incoming supply point through to sockets, light fittings and other wiring accessories by injecting test voltages. This shows the true functionality of cables and connections.
Once the EICR is complete, we will pass on a full report with every item tested listed. If there is a fault with anything, then it will be categorised as either a C1, C2, or a C3. A C1 failure is in need of immediate action since there is a real danger present. A C2 requires attention in the near future but is not immediate, and a C3 is a suggested improvement.
Is an EICR a legal requirement?
Yes, all fixed electrical wiring deteriorates with time, meaning that you need to regularly test your entire electrical distribution system to ensure its full safety and compliance, not only to stay within current regulations, but to keep your staff and visitors safe. The Fixed Wire Testing specialists that we work with are UKAS accredited, and make sure all work carried out complies with both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 as well as IEE Wiring Regulation BS 7671. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury or harm must be maintained and kept in a safe condition.
How long does an EICR remain valid?
It depends on what your business is, it is usually between 1-5 years with some exceptions. The EICR validity times are as follows for several business types:
Commercial/Retail – 5 years
Industrial – 3 years
Hospitals with Theatre – 1 year
Leisure – 1 year
Construction – 3 months
Education – 5 years
Cinema/Theatre – 1 year