Electrical systems are the lifeblood of many industrial operations, and ensuring their safety and reliability is of utmost importance. It is essential and a legal obligation to ensure your manufacturing and industrial premises are compliant and safe and have a current EICR (Electrical Installation Conditional Report).
What is an Electrical Installation Conditional Report?
An EICR is a comprehensive electrical inspection and testing document. It is used to assess the condition of electrical installations in premises to ensure they are safe, compliant with regulations, and in good working order. EICRs are essential for maintaining the safety of personnel, safeguarding property, and complying with legal requirements.
How frequently do you need to undertake an EICR?
Electrical equipment and installations will deteriorate over time, due to wear and tear. Industrial facilities, which include manufacturing, workshops, and warehousing require an EICR no greater than five years.
Who can undertake an EICR?
Only a qualified electrical engineer can undertake the inspection of your electrical equipment and installations.
What does an EICR involve?
The inspection is carried out against the conditions detailed in the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations – BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations), which is in conjunction with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The inspection will be for all equipment and installations and will review and report on the following:
- General condition of the electrical installation
- Any electrical circuits or equipment that are overloaded
- Identify any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards
- Highlight any worn or defective electrical installations
Findings and recommendations must be reported
Following the completion of an inspection, a full detailed report must be issued.
This should include the elements as detailed above, with recommendations, using the EICR standard codes: C1, C2, C3 and can include FI. These describe any defects that have been identified in your electrical equipment, installation, and electrical circuits.
|EICR standard report codes
|Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
|Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.
|Further investigation required without delay.
Common electrical hazards that can be identified
- Overloaded circuits – incorrect wiring used, causing fluctuations of currents, causing the circuit to overheat and pose a fire risk.
- Incorrect earthing – can result in electrical shock to personnel, which can kill.
- Insufficient insulation – exposed electrical parts can also cause electrical shock risk and potential fire hazard.
Recommendations and actions
Based upon the EICR, any remedial work will be recommended. This work may range from minor repairs to complete rewiring, depending on the severity of the issues identified.
Once all required remedial work is completed an Installation certificate/Minor Works certificate or a covering letter will be issued identifying what works have been completed. This certificate will be valid for the duration stipulated on the certificate and should be kept on file, as it serves as evidence of compliance with electrical safety regulations.
Why are EICR important for your industrial manufacturing business?
- Safety: Safety is the primary concern for any business. Electrical faults and failures can result in fires, electrocution, and other life-threatening hazards. Regular EICRs help identify and rectify potential dangers, ensuring a safe working environment. EICR are to reduce the risk of injury to your workforce and damage to your business.
- Compliance: In the UK, industrial businesses are legally required to comply with and adhere to the various electrical safety regulations and standards. EICR’s are a vital tool for demonstrating compliance with these regulations.
- Insurance and Liability: Many insurance companies require industrial businesses to provide evidence of regular EICRs as a condition of coverage. Failure to comply with these requirements could lead to insurance claims being rejected in the event of an electrical incident.
- Preventive Maintenance: EICRs serve as a proactive tool to identify potential issues before they lead to costly downtime or equipment failures. Addressing problems early can save industrial businesses time, resource, and money.
Protecting your business
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is not just a piece of paper; it’s a lifeline to safety, compliance, and operational integrity. Regular EICRs help ensure the electrical systems that power your business are safe, reliable, and legally sound.
Don’t underestimate the importance of these reports; they can be the difference between smooth operations and costly disasters.
If you haven’t had an EICR conducted for your premises recently, or haven’t got a current certificate, now is the time to schedule an inspection and prioritize the safety of your business, employees, and assets.
Delta Rock has qualified electrical engineers that can undertake an EICR to ensure your business is safe and compliant.
Contact us now to book your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).