Periodic Inspection Reports will have a different title, however ELECSA is going to be fighting that it is far from RIP for PIRs regardless of setbacks to sector information on the actual specified coding that needs to be utilised. Amendment 1 of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations came into force on 1st July 2011 and that has re-named Periodic Inspection Reports (PIRs) to Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs).
PIRs have always been the way to routinely test electrical installations for faulty electrical wiring, accessories or even inadequate workmanship which doesn’t conform to the requirements and could impair safety. The reasoning behind replacing the identity to Electrical Installation Condition Reports is really because it ‘does precisely what it states on the tin’ simply by explaining the selection of inspections and testing that has been carried out on present electrical installations to determine the condition and make sure they fulfil basic safety requirements for ongoing usage.
These types of reports will also be used by workplaces in order to show conformity with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. The particular types of properties which generally drop within the EICR recommendations tend to be properties belonging to local authorities, private property owners or housing associations in addition to commercial and industrial properties. The common recommendations on time periods between EICRs in any domestic property are on change of occupancy or every 10 years. With regard to a commercial business it has to be every 5 years, 3 years for caravans and every 12 months for swimming pools.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) really should be performed by qualified electricians who have got experience with the installation under inspection. The scope of the inspection and testing should be specified together with the individual ordering the job, and then any specified limitations documented within the report presented to the individual ordering the work.
Senior industry associates will be looking at quite a few examples of departures as well as their best suited unique codes and this guidance is going to be issued shortly.