What is a Electrical Installation Condition Report?

According to Electrical Safety First (a UK charity dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents) there are 5 aims for An Electrical Installation Condition Report:

  1. Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
  2. Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
  3. Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
  4. Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
  5. Provide and important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.

The most important thing to remember is getting an electrical report done is not the point of the exercise, the point is to fix any problems that are raised by the report.

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What does an Electrical Installation Condition Report do?

I should point out that an electrical installation condition report is not a certificate that your building is safe, it is not a carte blanche that removes you of all responsibility if you do have an electrical problem.

It is a report that highlights all the potential problems points with your electrical installation.

The details

There are 2 different types of electrical condition report:

  • There is a visual inspection – no testing is done and this is only appropriate if your electrics have been tested recently (in the past year)
  • A periodic inspection report – this is when they test the installation and they would find any damages.

Dead Testing

  1. Continuity testing: This is a test to find out if any of your conductors are badly connected.
  2. Insulation resistance testing: This checks the insulation surrounding your electrics to make sure its all intact and working properly.
  3. Polarity: This is testing the connection between the phase and the neutral and the other between the phase and the earth (usually performed on all sockets)

Live Testing

  1. Earth loop testing:  This is a check to ensure that if a fault does occur the system will discconect within an acceptable time frame (your fuze box is working)
  2. RCD testing: An RCD is a protective device used to automatically disconnect the electrical supply when an imbalance is detected between live conductors.
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What to do with you Electrical Condition Report

Once the report has been completed your electrician will give you a list of things that need to be fixed or things that you should consider fixing in the future.

You should take note that there are several instances of business owners being sued and found liable because they have conducted an electrical condition report but done nothing about the findings. So when you have a report done make sure to make the changes suggested.

Whoever conducts your report you should ask them for a full quotation to fix the necessary problems.

Who Can Do A Electrical Installation Condition Report For You

You can get any registered electrician to perform and electrical condition report on your property to find a list of all the electrical competent person scheme operators take a look at another blog post here.