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Able Electric always use fully qualified NICEIC Electricians to carry out EICR electrical Testing and over the years have become specialists in EICR electrical testing


Is EICR Testing a Legal Requirement?

Advice from EICR Testing Coventry. From July 2020 there will be legislation that specifically says homeowners, businesses or landlords should have an EICR certificate. Also laws such as the Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) and Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) outline the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also require that precautions are taken against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used in work activities.


How Often Do I Need an EICR?

Electrical installations are not immune to the process of ageing, deterioration and even general wear and tear. For this reason, an EICR should be conducted at regular intervals. British Standard BS 76719 (IET Wiring Regulations) recommends the following intervals for businesses, landlords and homeowners:

Businesses – employers are recommended to have an EICR test undertaken once every five years.

Buy-to-let or rented property – landlords should have an EICR test done every five years or when new tenants enter the property.

Homeowners – an EICR is recommended every 10 years. If the property has a swimming pool, this should be tested once every year.


What Does an EICR Test Involve?

An EICR will check if your property’s electrics have any faults that cannot be identified through a visual check. A number of faults may occur, such as electrical circuits being overloaded or overheating during use. If any electrical circuit is not properly installed – for example, without earthing or bonding to safely secure the electrics – it may potentially cause a fire or shock hazard. EICR testing will identify any defective electrical work within the system.


What is a visual electrical Inspection?

A visual check can also be performed to give you a quick analysis of how safe your property is. This will look for broken sockets and light switches, damaged cables and scorching / burn marks as a result of overloading the power outlet. It will also look at the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits that operate the bathrooms and gardens. It is recommended that this visual check is completed at regular intervals in between the more in-depth EICR tests.


What happens after an EICR test?

After the test has been completed, the testing engineer will produce a certificate for you. It will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also highlight anything that doesn’t match the present day safety standards and things that might put people at risk. Should the EICR test come back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory” meaning that the required work needs to be done, without delay, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property.  As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the report will detail which electrical system(s) failed the test. Work required is classified using the following codes:


C1 – ‘danger is present’, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.


C2 – potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.


C3 – improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.


Once your electrical system has passed the inspection fully and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with an EICR Certificate of Safety, giving you peace of mind that your electrics are safe.

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Emergency Lighting Testing Company Able Electrical advice: Emergency Lighting is the ‘back-up’ lighting that kicks in when there’s a power cut to the mains supply which would otherwise plunge a building into darkness. It must be professionally designed, installed, maintained and tested by qualified electricians in order to meet regulations. At ABLE ELECTRICAL Birmingham Testing, our expert engineers take the worry out of the whole process for you by ensuring that your systems are up to date, up to standard, well maintained and above all, provide the required level of safety for your employees and customers in the event of an emergency.



3 hours is the magic number

It is really important that emergency lights are given a full rated duration test every year. That means if the emergency lights back up should provide 3 hours of illumination (which is often the case), they need to be tested for the full 3 hours to ensure they’re still working at the end of the test.



You can break emergency lighting down into three main categories:



When people need to leave a building in an emergency and the power has gone out, such as in the event of fire, emergency lighting covers all escape routes. The aim is safely guiding people to their nearest exit via lit escape routes.



This applies when power has failed, but it’s not an emergency situation. Emergency safety lighting is enough for people to remain in areas of a building while power is restored, but it’s not enough to carry on working.



This is back-up lighting that is activated during a power cut to a level that allows work to continue. This must be 100% of the normal lighting as a standby measure.



Almost all commercial properties, including workplaces, retail, leisure and public buildings (and some domestic properties) need some form of emergency lighting and there are different requirements relating to different categories of building.

Risk assessments are usually necessary to determine what level of emergency lighting system is needed.



All emergency lighting needs to be regularly tested by qualified electricians in accordance with safety standards. This is to ensure it is working correctly, compatible with fire safety systems and continues to meet regulations – for example, if you’ve redesigned or refurbished your premises, the chances are your emergency lighting systems will need to be altered accordingly.

Various tests are required daily, monthly and annually, including checks of individual luminaries and exit signs and of central battery systems.



Rules and regulations around emergency lighting have toughened up in recent years and the legal obligations for installing emergency lighting systems now carry the same importance as fire alarm systems.

Relative legislation includes the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order), the Health and Safety at Work Act, Building Regulations and the EU Workplace Directive.

Emergency lighting regulation is covered by a variety of British Standards at each stage of the process, including general advice about the provision of emergency lighting (BS 5266-1:2016), the specified illumination (BS EN 1838: 2013), minimum requirements for the provision and testing of emergency lighting for different premises and various product standards (BE EN 50172:2004/BS 5265:2004).





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What is an EICR test?

An EICR – or Electrical Installation Condition Report – is an official document produced following a full inspection of the electrical systems and installations in your home or workplace. 

As part of the periodic inspection process, qualified electricians will check whether your electrics are well-maintained and, more importantly, safe. Once your premises have passed all the checks and any urgent remedial work has been carried out, you will be presented with a certificate of safety.

Who can provide an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is an in-depth inspection of the electrical systems at your home, place of work or public premises. 

Periodic testing and inspection should only be carried out by electrically competent, qualified electricians. EICR Testing engineers are further trained to City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing level. 

Who needs an EICR?

Electrical Installation Condition Reports are for any buildings or premises which have electrical systems. They are used by business owners, homeowners, landlords and authorities which manage a variety of public buildings, such as schools, churches and leisure centres etc.  

There are many reasons why a business or property owner might request an EICR and there are many benefits to having one, but what it often boils down to is documented proof that the on-site electrics are safe.

How often do I need an EICR?

How often an EICR is needed depends 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.

As a guide, an Electrical Installation Condition Report should be carried out at the minimum of:

  • Domestic installations – every 10 years or at a change of occupancy
  • Commercial installations – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
  • Industrial installations – every 3 years
  • Landlord-owned residential accommodation – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
  • Offices, shops and laboratories – every 5 years

Is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) a legal requirement?

Although an Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is not a legal requirement in itself, many property owners are bound by legal obligations to their staff, customers or tenants which can be met by an EICR inspection. Relevant legislation could include the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 or The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985).

How much does an EICR cost?

The cost of an EICR varies from premise to premise. For example, there is much more work involved in testing a large plant facility in comparison with a residential property. Tests can take anything from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the size and nature of the operation.

Also, no two businesses are the same, which means the testing procedure differs each time an Electrical Installation Condition Report is carried out. 

EICR Testing in Coventry Services

EICR Testing for Businesses in Coventry

When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy

Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.

EICR Testing Bespoke Solutions in Coventry

When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy

Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.

Coventry EICR Testing for Landlords

When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy

Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.

PAT (Portable Appliance) Testing

Portable Appliance Testing Coventry : providing electrical solutions across Walsall and the West Midlands.

Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT, is a safety procedure that involves a series of inspections and electrical tests to ensure the appliances within a property meet the legal obligations to ensure a high standard of electrical safety.

PAT tests are particularly important in buildings used by employees and members of the public, such as schools, hospitals and office blocks.

To make sure an appliance is safe, all aspects of it will be tested including the plug, the lead and the appliance itself. The work will be carried out by an electrician with the skills and knowledge to complete the testing quickly and safely.

Once the PAT testing is complete, you will receive a report detailing everything that was tested and whether it received a pass or fail. All appliances should have a sticker with inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature.

Our electricians are happy to provide any help or advice about the report and any remedial work needed.

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