What is a Periodic Inspection Report / Electrical Installation Condition Report
A Periodic Inspection / Electrical Installation Condition Report is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations. If you think your wiring is unsafe this is something you should have done.
A periodic inspection / Electrical Installation Condition Report will:
The electrician will test wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Why is a periodic inspection / Electrical Installation Condition Report needed?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
When is a periodic inspection needed?
Who should undertake a periodic inspection?
Periodic inspections / electrical installation condition reports should be carried out by a competent electrician.
What happens during a periodic inspection?
The electrician will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS 7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) - as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations. The periodic inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:
The electrician will provide a periodic inspection report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.
What is a periodic inspection report?
A periodic inspection report (PIR) now called an Electrical Installation Condition Report is a formal method of recording the findings of the inspection, on at least three pages for domestic installations and six pages for larger installations.
The main purpose of a PIR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. Box E on page 1 should describe the overall condition as either 'satisfactory', in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or 'unsatisfactory' which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use. The following example is for a satisfactory installation: Where a PIR describes the installation as 'unsatisfactory', the next thing to look at is Box F on page 2 `Observations and Recommendations for Actions to be Taken'.
The following example is for an 'unsatisfactory' electrical installation:
This is where any departures from BS 7671 are recorded, and a code to indicate the urgency of the action needed is given.
Code 1 indicates a dangerous, or potentially dangerous, condition that requires urgent attention to make the installation safe. Once you have had an electrician do the necessary remedial work, an appropriate certificate would be issued to confirm that the remedial work has been carried out in accordance with BS 7671.
The electrician will give you a summary of the inspection in the report, which will give a clear indication of the condition of the electrical installation, taking into account all relevant circumstances.
What happens after a periodic inspection?
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