Periodic inspection & electrical installation condition report (EICR) explained




Regardless of whether you are a landlord, a property owner, or a business owner, having an initial periodic inspection & electrical installation condition report (EICR) conducted by a professionally qualified electrician will be required to ensure that your premises is safe for all occupants present.


The initial periodic inspection should reveal the following:


  • Uncover any aspects of your electrical circuits or equipment that are overloaded


  • Identify any elements of installations that could be fire hazards or


  • Locate any substandard electrical work


  • Detect any lack of earthing or bonding present in the installation


Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.


With the initial periodic inspection completed, An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will be issued.


The main purposes for an electrical installation condition report:


  • Document results of the inspection and testing, thus making sure that the electrical installation is safe for use up until the next scheduled inspection (following any required corrective works to secure safety)


  • Locate any damage caused by wear and tear that could compromise safety, being sure to report any findings to the relevant person on site


  • Help discover anything that could potentially lead to electric shocks and any parts that are significantly high in temperature and could lead to overheating


  • Identify any aspects of the electrical installation in question that are not in line with the updated IET Wiring Regulations and UK HSE guidelines