Other Critical Elements Of The EICR
Limitations: You will need to be aware whether any circuits or areas have been excluded from the inspection and test. Where there are exclusions then arrangements will be required to ensure such areas have been checked.
20% Testing Regime: Inspections can take place on an annual basis by inspecting 20% of an installation each year over a 5 year period. However, to convert to this testing regime an initial 100% inspection must be completed in the first year. This approach is useful for larger sites as, with the exception of the first year of the new testing regime, the testing costs and remedial works will be spread out over the testing period.
EICR Observation Codes Explained: EICR Observation Codes will be recorded during the process and coded appropriately in terms of their severity and danger level. It may even be possible that items found to present immediate danger will need to be identified to you straightaway and in some cases switched off and isolated until such time that the unsafe condition is remedied. The observations will be coded as below:
- C1 – There is a danger present, risk of injury and immediate remedial action required.
- C2 – There is a potential danger present and urgent remedial work is required.
- C3 – Improvement is recommended.
- FI – Further Investigation required without delay. These are observations that are departures from the requirements of the current edition of BS 7671 and therefore, need to be recorded separately as FI.
Where an EICR contains either a C1, C2 or FI coded observation then it is not reasonable for the installation to be assessed as ‘satisfactory’ for continued use and will therefore be categorised as ‘unsatisfactory’ on the report. However, if there are C3s on the report then it is at your discretion whether any action is taken.
Once the remedial works are completed a minor works certificate must be obtained as it will form part of your due diligence record and obtaining evidence of completed minor works a number of years later is often problematical.
In addition, it should be noted that the date for a new EICR is driven by the date of the original inspection, and not the anniversary of completing the remedials.
Commissioning Certificates: Should be obtained for new electrical systems and for new circuits installed into an existing system. Records should be maintained as part of your compliance record.
Thermal Imaging: Does not constitute a test but may be seen as an additional way of monitoring and maintaining your electrical installation, however, it will not be a substitute for testing. It can be used as an inspection / Planned Preventative Maintenance tool to highlight hotspots due to overloading, loose connection etc.