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Megger Socket Tester Used For EICR


An electrical installation condition report ( EICR ) is used to identify defects, deterioration, damages and/or conditions which may indicate potential danger. The report also provides recommendations for improvement within a given property.

Do you need an EICR? The simple answer is yes. Whether it’s your home, a business or a property you rent out, your electrical installation should always be covered by an in-date EICR. Although it’s not a legal requirement, many legal documents refer to it as a way of satisfying their requirements. The Electricity at Work Act is one such example.

What is inspected in an EICR?

The consumer unit, wiring and electrical accessories are tested and inspected for faults or deviations from BS7671 Wiring Standards. Throughout the test, the following will be inspected and tested:

The adequacy of the earthing and bonding.
Devices for protection against fire and electric shock.
Any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the properties inhabitants.
Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.
Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury.

An EICR should only be carried out by a skilled and competent electrician with the experience to know what they are looking for. EICR’s require a high level of skill and these skills are only gained after considerable additional training and years of experience.

Frequency of testing

The recommended frequencies for having electrical testing carried out will vary depending on the type of premises, the recommended frequencies are as follows:

Homeowners: BS7671 (18th Edition Wiring Regulations) recommend having an EICR carried out at least every 10 years. It is also important to have one done if you are moving out or into a new home. Some insurance companies may require a certificate. It is advisable to have an EICR if you suspect your current electrics are old, faulty or have been subject to poor quality additions. If the property has a swimming pool it is recommended that you carry out an EICR every year.

Rented properties: Under the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) landlords must ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is maintained safely throughout a tenancy. BS7671 recommends an EICR be carried out at each change of tenancy or at least every 5 years. We also recommend annual Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) testing.

Businesses: It’s not a legal requirement to have an EICR but as an employer you’re responsible for the welfare of employees. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. The ‘Electricity at work regulations’ require that precautions be taken against the risk of injury from electricity . BS7671 recommends having an EICR at least every 5 years.

For further information or to book a domestic or commercial EICR please contact us.