22 Feb EICR for the workplace
An Electrical Installation Condition Report offers business owners the peace of mind that their electrics are safe and in good working order. It also provides you, the business owner, with documented proof that you have taken reasonable measures to ensure the safety of your employees. This helps you meet your various health and safety obligations, so it’s an investment well worth making.
There are various laws which require business owners to take suitable measures to prevent accidents. For example, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. At the same time, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity used as part of work activities.
The Health and Safety Executive regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work.
EICR in itself is not a legal requirement, but this form of periodic inspection is a quick and efficient way of ensuring you have taken the appropriate steps to fulfil those obligations.
Insurance companies are also increasingly asking for periodic inspection as part of policy agreements. You can read more about this in our article on EICR for insurance purposes.
How does an EICR work for business?
An EICR test provides a valuable insight into the workings of the electrical infrastructure at your business premises. It will allow you to assess the condition of the systems and evaluate how efficiently they are working.
As well as detailing any issues that require urgent repair, the Electrical Installation Condition Report results will provide information about how you can upgrade systems that have suffered any deterioration.
It could also help you save money by identifying potential energy efficiency savings. It may be that inefficient electrical systems are wasting energy, or that you could benefit from energy efficient lighting, for example.
How often do I need an EICR for my business?
How often you need an EICR for your business depends largely on the size of the installation and the purpose it is used for. Large factories housing industrial plant, for example, will need to be inspected more frequently than a domestic property. Other factors can also come into play, such as extra loads to the system, which may require a new inspection to be carried out sooner than planned.
As a general guideline, large industrial installations should be checked every three years, while offices, shops, laboratories and similar should be checked every five years.
What is the cost of EICR for business?
The cost of Electrical Conditioning Installation Reports varies from premise to premise because no two businesses are the same. It could be that your small office can be tested within a day, but if you have a large factory which works around the clock, then testing will likely need to be carried out in stages to fit around you.
At EICR Testing, our specially qualified engineers will provide you with the best possible quote and a bespoke testing procedure for you and your business. This includes working evenings and weekends to minimise disruption to your organisation.
Contact our team for your bespoke EICR quote today.