22 Jan Why you should be reviewing the wiring of your commercial property on a regular basis
In the United Kingdom, the law makes it clear that business owners, directors, and employees must comply with “The Electricity at Work Regulations”. These Regulations state that all electrical systems must maintained to be safe always.
Note the word “systems”. This means that the law goes beyond just appliances and switchgear. It covers every aspect of electrical infrastructure, including wiring. The reason for the law is to prevent as best as possible a risk to health and life. In fact, Regulation 4(2) states that, “All systems are to be maintained to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that.
So, commercial property landlords, business owners, directors, and employees have a duty to comply with The Electricity at Work Regulation.
Looking beyond the law
Looking beyond the law, it makes sense to review the wiring of your commercial property on a regular basis to ensure system health. In a mile of electrical cabling, all it takes it one single faulty wire to derail the whole system. Over time, electrical wires deteriorate, and that rate of degradation can be accelerated by weathering, building movement, and pests. It therefore makes operational sense to review wiring periodically.
When to review wiring?
The IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) states that electrical systems in commercial properties should be inspected every 5 years. In industrial properties, that number is 3 years. Petrol stations have a unique requirement for inspection every 12 months, and that also applies to emergency lighting and fire alarm systems in commercial buildings.
This rate of inspection is a minimum requirement for electrical system safety. It is up to business owners or landlords to ensure this minimum requirement is met.
We recommend that commercial property owners have periodic electrical inspection and testing every 12 months to ensure electrical system safely. Once completed, you will receive an Electrical Condition Report (EICR). This will reveal the condition of your circuits and equipment and detect any defective electrical work. If you are experiencing problems with your electrical system, this is a good place to start to address the issues.