Inspection and Test

A new electrical installation will have undergone a full inspection and test when installed. But given time like all things it will deteriorate, and they should be checked for safety. Consider it like a MOT test for a car, which we are all familiar with.

A new installation usually will not need any inspection for 10 years.  After this it should be checked for safety.

Electrical Installation Condition Report

or Periodic Inspection and Test?

BS7671:2008(2011) or the 1st Amendment to the seventeenth edition of the wiring regulations introduced the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). The EICR replaced the Periodic Inspection & Test report (PIAT).

The new report groups the observations into to three very simple choices:

  1. Danger Present
  2. Potentially Dangerous
  3. Improvements Recommended.

The first one requires to be made safe immediately and would apply to such things as exposed live wires. The second one is for something that could be dangerous if some circumstances. An example would be inadequate earthing of the installations. Whilst the last code covers many things like unsheathed cables hanging outside a junction box.

Visual Inspection

An EICR may take a long time to complete and can be quite disruptive as the installation is turned off and everything is unplugged in order to perform the electrical tests. Paul Jackman does not do visual inspections as some companies do. A visual inspection is not an alternative to an EICR and is not recognised by the IET.

Paul Jackman does carry out an informal safety checks for landlords when a tenancy changes to verify the installation has not been obviously tampered with or a dangerous issue has arisen. A full EICR is recommended when a tenant changes. The safety check will lead to a recommendation that a full EICR is carried out if faults are found.