28 Apr The importance of Periodic Electrical Reports
Let’s face it – very few people give a second thought for their electrical system until something goes wrong. And for many business owners, the fact that their electrical system is working as it should be is enough reason to forget about it.
We believe this is wrong for two reasons:
1. Because electricity always poses a threat to life, and;
2. Because most catastrophic failures are avoidable with checks.
Another reason, and perhaps the most important of all, is that commercial building operators have a statutory obligation to ensure that properties are regularly checked for potential hazards. An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) satisfies this obligation.
The fact is, a building without electricity is useless. Thank about it – you won’t have internet access, and you won’t have any lighting. You won’t even be able to put the kettle on. And, for businesses with significant IT infrastructure, electrical failure can be catastrophic.
Periodic Electrical Reports
Periodic electrical reports are an effective way to ensure that your whole electrical system is fit for purpose. This type of report goes further than a visual inspection, by testing the installation with a piece of equipment that will detect any potential damage or issues, such as those caused by faulty wiring and failing circuit breakers.
We recommend that commercial properties, such as office buildings, have an electric report performed once a year. Industrial workshops and factories with appliances might benefit from a report every six months. It’s also important to remember that appliances in industrial workshops should be PAT tested every six months to ensure that they are safe to use.
A periodic electrical report should always be carried out by a NICEIC accredited electrician, so that the highest report standards are always met. NICEIC (The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) is an assessment and certification service that monitors electricians and other relevant contractors. For example, electricians who wish to work to Part P of the Building Regulations in domestic properties or installations must hold NICEIC Certification’s Domestic Installer Scheme Qualification (DISQ).
Book Your Periodic Electrical Report
At Brightlec, we perform over a hundred periodic electric reports every year for businesses, landlords and homeowners across the United Kingdom. We can carry out a thorough report with testing, or a simpler visual inspection report. To book your report, call us on 0800 9788 168 or 0113 894 1968, or send us a message here.