EICR - Fixed Wire Testing
Fixed Installation Testing is also referred to as a Periodic Inspection and Testing (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) of a Fixed Installation. It is a report on the electrical wiring of a property; outlining any defects it may have that may prove to be a safety hazard. Regular inspection of an electrical installation of a property is an essential part of any preventive maintenance programme.
Norwood Electrical has a long standing history of high quality electrical testing and installation and have worked with a wide range of organisations from small businesses to Multi National corporations and NHS Trusts.
All our engineers are fully qualified and NIC EIC Approved to ensure only the highest standards are adhered to in our testing and installations.
All of our Fixed electrical testing is carried out to the IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) to ensure that your electrical systems are free from problems which may cause fire or injury.
Fixed Installation Testing involves two main stages:
- Visual Inspection Our engineers carry out a series of visual check, to ensure that your electrical systems are in a safe condition
- Electrical Testing A number of electronic tests are carried out by injected test voltages and current through the system to determine the integrity and functionality of cables, accessories and disconnection devices.
Electrical testing will require the main supply to be isolated and with careful planning can be done with little disruption to your business. This work can even be carried out whilst your workplace is empty, such as nights, weekends or holiday periods.
On completion of the tests we will provide you with a comprehensive report accredited by the NICEIC on the fixed installation for your organisation. This report will detail the status of your installation along with any remedial work necessary to bring it back into a safe condition.
The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 places a “duty of care” on employers and landlords to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist. The most efficient and comprehensive way of ensuring your duties are performed and adequate records are kept is by performing Periodic Electrical Test and Inspection in accordance with BS7671 (The IEE Wiring Regulations). By following this practice, you can be sure that your obligations have been met under the Health and Safety at Work Act so far as electrical safety is concerned and more importantly that your staffs, visitors, patients, buildings and possessions are safe.
Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, the Duty Holder will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety. If nobody at your place of work is clear on who that is, then the responsibility falls on the most senior person. It is important to know who has the responsibility for safety and welfare of staff in order to establish that compliance is achieved.
Periodic test and inspection requires a series of visual inspections and electronic tests to be performed to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system. If performed correctly, you can expect that each electrical circuit within your workplace will have to be de-energised for a period of 15 minutes whilst the Engineer injects test signals into the cables and protective devices to ensure their integrity and carries out a thorough visual inspection of the Installation. This type of work will require the main supply to be isolated and with careful planning can be done with little disruption to your business. Alternatively, this work can be carried out whilst your workplace is empty, such as nights, weekends or holiday periods.
It is vital that this type of work is carried by a qualified and experienced test Engineer. Such Engineers are generally fully qualified electricians who have experience of test and inspection and have been trained and qualified in electrical inspection work specifically. When selecting your contractor you should ask to see evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work.
There will be some impact such as short periods of downtime on circuits; however, with careful planning and strong liaison between you and your contractor, this can be conducted at a time that best suits your business. Be wary of contractors that tell you this work can be fully carried out without isolating circuits – it is impossible.
Upon completion of periodic electrical test and inspection you should receive a report that details the following:
- Installation details and characteristics
- Circuit information and test results
- Schedule of items tested and inspected
- A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)
If you are not a technical person, then your contractor should be pleased to talk through your report with you and advise you of any further action required.
There are many factors that can affect the cost of electrical inspection work such as location, type of installation, size of building(s), access and availability of previous records. As a rule of thumb, your contractor should attend site prior to quoting to survey the building(s) in order to establish all of the necessary details, you should be wary of accepting a quotation unless a full survey has been conducted or you are sure you have provided enough information.
There are many reasons not to do periodic electrical test and inspection such as cost, inconvenience, or lack of knowledge. However none of these reasons will be accepted as a defence in the event that an accident or fire occurs. Aside from the threat of prosecution in the event of injury or death, surely the safety of your colleagues, employees, patients or belongings are reason enough to test and inspect electrical systems at work.
Norwood Electrical has been undertaking electrical safety testing for over a decade to public and private sector business and is one of the country’s leading companies in this market. We are accredited to all of the industry watchdogs and associations such as the NICEIC and City and Guilds. Norwood has all the relevant health and safety accreditations, public and employer liability insurance, the latest equipment and systems in place to ensure a first class service.
We are accredited to the following:
- City and Guilds
- Exor Management
We can provide testimonials and references from over 100 satisfied customers across all sectors and regions, please request these from our sales department.
A PDF version of this report will be available to download at your leisure from the customer area of our website following the completion of testing.To find out more click the link above and login using the username: Sample and Password: Demo
A paper copy of the certificate can be posted to you if you prefer. Further to this, we have the facilities to produce full schematic diagrams showing the layout of the fixed installation if required.
Our testing services can be tailored to each location to fit in with your schedule and building use patterns.