In layman’s terms, electrical inspection and testing refers to the procedures that electricians use to ensure that a circuit is working properly and is totally safe for use. Here at ETR, this is our bread and butter. That’s why we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions about electrical inspection and testing. 

Who can carry out electrical inspection and testing? 

A competent, registered electrician with the correct experience is the only person who should carry out electrical inspection and testing. 

Why do you need an EICR? 

It is vital to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report for your business because it keeps track of the safety of your installations. Over time, electrical installations can deteriorate and problems can go undetected. It is important to identify whether your electrical installations are satisfactory and safe for continued use. Remember, business owners can be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulation.

How often should my business undergo an electrical inspection? 

The answer to this question depends on the work premises. As a rule, domestic premises that you own should be tested every ten years. However, if you are renting these premises, electrical inspection and testing should be carried out every five years or with every change in tenancy. Commercial premises should be tested every five years and industrial premises every three years. 

What does electrical inspection and testing involve? 

When you organise for electrical inspection and testing to be carried out, your electrician will discuss with you and agree on the extent and limitations of the EICR before starting. They will walk through the installation with staff and carry out a visual inspection prior to installation. They will also test and inspect any circuits available and highlight any faults; any C1 defects will be reported and fixes immediately.  Finally, you will be issued with an electrical safety certificate also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

Electrical inspection and testing is a regular thing in the life of a business and it is important to stay on top of it and be aware of the requirements of your premises. This process will keep yourself and your staff safe and save you the huge fine and possible jail time if rules are not complied with. 

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