Periodic Electrical Inspection & Testing Specialists
We are NICEIC Approved electrical contractors, which means we are fully qualified to conduct Periodic Inspection Reports. All our engineers have extensive experience to safely conduct both electrical and visual testing. They will be able to identify any potential dangers or defects in the premises which could lead to harm or injury to employees, tenants and occupants.
Periodic Testing is carried out to BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations). We will then issue an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) with written reports of any remedial works.
If you are looking for an EICR to be conducted by a company that’s both professional & affordable, please get in touch.
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Periodic Inspection & EICR Reports. What's the difference?
‘Periodic testing’, ‘fixed wire testing’ and ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ are all common terms – but what’s the difference between them? In simple terms, the terms period inspection and fixed wire testing have now been replaced by the new term Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) although, in reality, they all mean the same thing.
The previously-named periodic inspection test is now referred to as an EICR test. Follow this link for more information on Electrical Installation Condition Reports.
What is Periodic Inspection?
Periodic Inspection Reports are used to ensure landlords, offices, factories, churches, housing associations and letting agents are staying compliant with Electricity at Work 1989 regulations & Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. Now known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report, they are used to test electrical installations for defective wiring, accessories or poor workmanship. The purpose is to confirm that all electrical installations meet safety standards for the current BS7671.
Why is periodic inspection important?
It’s impossible to see electricity and, usually, you cannot view the conduits or cables that are using electricity. As the cables are often hidden inside walls, and consumer units are located in cupboards, they are not visible.
Electrical components will suffer wear & tear over time. It is not really surprising surprising that we often forget to check the condition of our electrical installations (those that are visible) for damage or signs of deterioration.
Old, faulty wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in businesses & home. The risk of fire can be reduced by regularly checking your cables, switches and sockets, to see that they are in good condition.
Who needs to have periodic inspection & testing?
Properties that typically fall within the new EICR guidelines include those owned by local authorities, private landlords or housing associations as well as all commercial and industrial properties.
How often is periodic inspection required to take place?
Guidelines for the frequency of EICR testing now detail how often periodic inspection should take place
- Commercial installations: every 5 years or at change of occupancy.
- Industrial installations & laboratories: every 3 years.
- Rented or buy-to-let properties: every 5 years & prior to new tenants moving in.
- Offices, Retail shops, Churches: every 5 years.
- Caravans: every 3 years.
- Swimming Pools: every year.
- Domestic homes: every 10 years & prior to sale of property (this does not apply to rented accommodation…see above).
However, the above is only a guideline and the frequency can depend on a number of other factors, such as the age and quality of the installation, who is using it and how often, guidance from the manufacturer and how well the equipment is maintained.
If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a periodic inspection report (EICR), or have any other questions, please get in touch.
What happens during a periodic inspection?
- Perform test for equipment overloads
- Check if bonding and earthing complies with current regulations.
- Test for potential fire or shock hazards
- Checking for defective electrical installations
- Test equipment is safe
- Visual inspection of accessories.
- Test and inspect of distribution equipment.
- Advise on immediate issues onsite.
- Preparation and completion of EICR report and findings.
- Advised Remedial works coding schedule.
- Client discussion to explain report and findings.
We carry out periodic inspections & produce EICR reports across Glasgow, Edinburgh & the rest of Central Scotland. Just contact us to arrange a test.
What are the potential outcomes of a periodic inspection?
After the test has been completed, our testing engineer will produce an Electrical Installation Condition Report for you. This will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also indicate if anything doesn’t match the present day safety standards that may put people at risk.
Should the test come back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory.” This means that work needs to be done, without delay, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property. As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the report will specifically detail which electrical system(s) failed the test. Any remedial work required is classified using the following codes:
- C1 – ‘danger is present’, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.
- C2 – potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
- C3 – improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.
Once your electrical system has passed the inspection, and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with an EICR Certificate of Safety. While this gives you peace of mind about the safety of your electrics, it is important for your business to keep a copy of this certificate safe, in case you need it in the future.
Is periodic electrical inspection required by law?
While there isn’t any legislation that specifically says homeowners, businesses or landlords should have an EICR certificate, laws such as the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006) and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 detail the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also require that measures are taken against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used in work activities.
Also, Insurance companies are increasingly asking for proof that routine maintenance, including electrical safety certificates have been issued before a claim is processed. Failure to have the proper certification could result in a reduced payout or none at all.
In the case of rented properties, electrical safety certificates (which include Portable Appliance Testing – PAT Testing certificates) are mandatory before the property can be let.
How can I tell if my home needs a periodic electrical inspection?
As mentioned above, it is recommended you have an EICR every decade for your home. You should also look for clear signs that the electrics in your home are outdated, which may help you decide if you need an EICR.
There are some simple things to check, which will indicate of you have old equipment that needs replacing. Things to look for:
- Fixed cables, coated in black rubber.
- Fixed cables, coated in lead or fabric.
- A fuse box with cast iron switches, a wooden back or a mixture of fuse boxes.
- Old-fashioned round pin sockets (or light switches).
- Braided flex hanging from ceiling fixtures.
- Brown (or black) switches.
- Sockets mounted into skirting boards.
All the above indicate that the electrics in question were created before or during the 1960’s. This means you should definitely contact us or another approved contractor to arramge an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Regardless the age of your electrical installation is, it is likely to suffer some damage or wear and tear. This means its condition at least every 10 years or if you move into a new property.
Professional & Affordable
Periodic Inspection Reports
Glasgow, Edinburgh & Ayrshire
Why choose us:
- NICEIC Approved
- Experienced engineers
- Flexible serivce
- Fast response
- Fully insured
- Competitive rates
All properties tested:
- Commercial premises
- Rented properties
- Public buildings
Periodic Inspection Reports: Covering Central Scotland
We cover all of the major cities & towns of the Central belt of Scotland, including:
- Glasgow City Centre, West End & South Side
- Clydebank, Helensburgh & Dumbarton
- Paisley & East Renfrewshire
- East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Bellshill, Airdire & Coatbridge
- Cumbernauld, Falkirk & Stirling
- Edinburgh, Leith, Musselburgh
- East Lothian
- Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg & Penicuik
- Bathgate & Livingston
- West Lothian
- Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Prestwick & Largs
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