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Commercial EICR Testing – explained

One of the most important things we stress to our clients is the importance of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) for commercial properties.

An EICR, also known as periodic inspection reports, are critical to ensuring the safety and compliance of electrical installations in commercial buildings. In this ultimate guide, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about EICRs for commercial properties.

Do commercial properties require an EICR?

Yes, under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, all commercial properties must have a valid EICR. This applies to any building that is used for business, trade, or any other commercial purpose.

What is a commercial EICR?

A commercial EICR is a comprehensive assessment of the electrical installation in a commercial property. The report provides an overview of the electrical installation’s condition, identifies any defects, and assesses the risk of injury or fire due to electrical faults.

How often should a commercial premises have an EICR?

The frequency of EICR testing for commercial properties varies depending on the type of property and its use. Generally, an EICR should be conducted every five years for most commercial properties. However, some properties may require more frequent testing, such as properties used for medical purposes or public entertainment venues. It’s important to consult with a qualified electrician to determine the appropriate testing interval for your specific property.

Who is responsible for the EICR in a commercial property?

The responsibility for obtaining a valid EICR for a commercial property rests with the property owner or the person responsible for the maintenance of the electrical installation. This may be the landlord, the property management company, or the business owner if they own the property. However, it’s important to note that even if a tenant is responsible for electrical maintenance, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining a valid EICR still falls on the property owner.

How often do you need a commercial electrical certificate?

The frequency of commercial electrical certification depends on the type of electrical work and the property’s use. Electrical installation certificates should be obtained for any new electrical installation or modification to an existing installation. These certificates are valid for up to five years, after which time a new certificate must be obtained.

What is the legal requirement for EICR?

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, commercial properties are required to have a valid EICR. The regulations state that electrical installations in commercial properties must be maintained to prevent danger, and that appropriate measures must be taken to prevent injury or fire.

If you are a commercial business that requires electrical testing and inspection, to ensure electrical compliance, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team, you can contact us here: 01604 696113 |


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