TEST AND INSPECTIONS
O&C specialise in the periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations of all industrial, commercial and domestic properties. Our tests and reports are accepted by major banks, building societies, councils, insurance companies, health and safety executive and licensing authorities. This is backed by our membership of the National Inspection Council for Installation Contractors since 1978.
We are fully approved under Part P of the Building Regulations and have an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management accreditation.
Our engineers work closely with clients to provide a programme of works that minimises disruption but still allows for a 100% EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) to be carried out.
It is not a legal requirement to have an EICR but many legal documents refer to this as a way of satisfying their requirements; e.g. The Electricity at Work Act. Many insurers require an EICR before providing cover, especially where workers or the public are concerned.
Our highly qualified engineers will inspect for faults or deviations covering the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories to ensure that they meet the current 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.
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, if your insurance requires one – or if you suspect your current electrics are old, faulty or have been subject to poor quality additions.
The only exception to this is if the property has a swimming pool – this should ideally be tested once every year.
BTL or Rented Homes – Under the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) landlords must ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is maintained safely throughout a tenancy. To ensure this, BS7671 recommend an EICR test at change of tenancy or at least every 5 years. We also recommend annual PAT testing.
Businesses – Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have an EICR, as an employer you are responsible for the welfare of your employees. Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act stating that employers are ‘responsible for the health and safety of their employees’ and ensure that precautions are taken against the risk of injury from electricity used as part of work activities. BS7671 recommend having an EICR undertaken at least every 5 years