Commercial EICRs near Charing Cross
Sometimes referred to as fixed wire testing or periodic electrical reports (PIRs), EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Reports. This form of testing is essential for both domestic and residential properties in Barbican, including:
- Restaurants and pubs
An EICR is an official document which is created following a detailed inspection of the electrical system in a building or premises. If you are a business owner or your building is used for commercial, industrial, or non-dwelling purposes, it is your legal requirement to keep the electrical system safe at all times. This is not just to ensure the safety of you and your staff but also to protect any members of the public accessing the building.
The test consists of multiple visual inspections and hands-on testing to examine all the hardwiring, including sockets, lighting, switches, distribution boards, and other fixed electrical components. If our local electricians detect a risk of potential risk, this will be flagged up using a code, according to its severity.
Do I need an EICR?
If you have ever wondered if you need an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), the answer is yes. Whether you own your own home or a property, which you rent out, or you are responsible for a non-domestic property, an EICR is always necessary.
Home-owners: Whilst it may not be a legal requirement within owner-occupied homes to have an EICR, home owners should have their electrics tested regularly, to ensure they are safe to use and are functioning correctly. This will minimise the chance of electrical faults, which could lead to electric shocks or fire and even be a risk to life. EICRs are often recommended during the house buying and selling process.
Businesses: Employers are legally responsible for the health and safety of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They are also required to safeguard staff against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used during work conditions under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Landlords: Landlords have a duty of care towards their tenants under The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985, and this ensures checking the electrics within their rental properties are safe at the start of a tenancy and maintained throughout. EICRs for both landlords and businesses provide proof that they have met their legal obligations and are often required for insurance purposes.