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Electrical Installation Conditioning Reports​

Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR): a statutory requirement falling under the Electricity at Work act 1989.

Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR)

The purpose of an Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) is to ultimately provide a report which is deemed as “Satisfactory” in accordance with EAWR 1989

The aim of the visual inspection is to alert the inspector to any obvious damaged electrical equipment (Damaged Socket outlets/Light Switches etc) These faults can make up a high percentage of potentially dangerous issues encountered on site and can often be easily remedied at the time of test. It can often be these faults that are the most dangerous.

All relevant information relating to the wider Electrical Installation will be recorded into the EICR. This information is then rigorously checked to identify any issues relating to the selection of over current protection, cable Sizes and many other significant factors.

 

Every EICR once complete will go through our stringent Quality Assurance process in order to ensure that all information is correct, and all potential risks have been identified, prior to being released to the client.

The extent of testing required correlates directly to the over all condition of the installation and undertaken at the discretion of the Inspector.


There are several tests that should be carried out on all Sub Circuits and Final Circuits in order to establish electrical safety. Some of these tests are performed with the Electrical Circuit “Dead” or de-energised and other tests require “Live” testing.

When a fault is discovered, it must then be categorised into one of the following codes;


Code 1 (C1), Code 2 (C2), Code 3 (C3) and F1 codes


Code 1 (C1) observation means ‘Danger Present’. 


This code means that there is a risk of injury and immediate remedial action is required. The person using the electrical installation will need to be advised to take immediate action without delay.


Examples of types of C1 codes are:

  • Exposed live parts are accessible to touch
  • Conductive parts have become live as a result of the fault
  • Incorrect polarity

Code 2 (C2) observation means ‘Potentially Dangerous’. 


This code means that there is no immediate threat, but it is likely to become a danger in the future and so urgent remedial action is required to remove the potential danger.


Examples of types of C2 codes are:

  • Absence of a reliable and effective means of earthing
  • A metallic pipe being used for gases or flammable liquids
  • A metallic pipe of a water utility supply being used for earthing

Code 3 (C3) observation means ‘Improvement Recommended’. 


This code means that a non-compliance with the current safety standard has been revealed. Whilst this does not present immediate or potential danger, it would result in a significant safety improvement if remedied.


Examples of types of C3 codes are:


  • Absence of an RCD periodic test notice
  • Absence of a ‘Safety Electrical Connection – Do Not Remove’ notice
  • Socket outlet mounted in a position that may result in potential damage to socket/plug/flex

Examples of types of F1 codes are:


  • Use of unsheathed flex for lighting pendants
  • Cable core colours complying with a previous edition of BS 7671
  • Circuits that are not verified at the time of testing

Where an ECIR contains either a C1, C2 or F1 observation then it is not reasonable for the installation to be assessed as ‘satisfactory’ for continued use and will therefore be categorised as ‘unsatisfactory’.


However, if there are C3’s on the report then it is entirely down to the decision of the customer if any action is taken.


It does not make any difference on how many C3’s would be on the report either, it is merely important to be advised where you stand with regards to the current installation and what has been recommended.

 

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