Every electrical installation deteriorates over time. Periodic inspection and regular electric safety checks are vital to ensuring your systems are working efficiently and safely.

As well as identifying possible faults and defects, regular inspection can prevent costly breakdowns and even reduce the risk of injury to members of staff.

Many businesses use Electrical Installation Condition Reports to regularly assess the condition and safety of their electrics. This in-depth test will provide you with a report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects and non-compliances.

At Acco Systems, we can use that report to identify any remedial work needed and carry out the necessary repairs and improvements to ensure your business is back operating safely and efficiently, as soon as possible.

What is an EICR?

Electrical Safety First describes an EICR as ‘an assessment of the in-service condition of an electrical installation against the requirements of BS 7671, current at the time of inspection’. Its main purpose is to test and detect any factors which could affect the safety of an installation.

This includes:

  • Protecting against the risk of electric shocks and burns
  • Identifying any damage, deterioration or defects which could potentially increase risk of fire
  • Identifying any damage, deterioration or defects which could impair safety
  • Identifying non-compliances

Remedial work following EICR

The EICR process should identify areas which would benefit from remedial action, but is not a proposal for remedial work in itself. There is also an argument for employing a different company to carry out the remedial work than the one which carried out the inspection.

EICRs will detail areas which need improvement, rather than recommending the work needed to rectify the situation.

Faults and defects are classified according to the level of risk and this classification determines how quickly any remedial work needs to be carried out.

EICR classification codes:

C1 Danger present – Risk of injury, immediate remedial action required. This signifies that people using the electrical systems in question are at immediate risk and appropriate action should be taken without delay.

C2 Potentially dangerous – Urgent remedial action required. This is used to indicate that, although an observed fault is not considered to be dangerous at the time of inspection, it could reasonably become an immediate fault. Remedial action should be taken as a matter of urgency to remove the potential for danger.

C3 Improvement recommended – This means that although any observed faults or deficiencies are not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improving it would significantly enhance the safety of the installation.

As electrical design and installation experts, we can repair and improve any electrical installation. Our engineers are highly trained and extremely knowledgeable. We will also go out of our way to minimise disruption and downtime so that your operation is running safely and efficiently as quickly as possible.

Contact us today for more information about electrical installation and EICR remedial works.

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