If you own a rental property or a commercial building, you may be wondering how often you have to have an EICR carried out.
If you have a PAT test every year… do you need to carry out an EICR inspection at the same frequency?
The answer is, it depends on what type of property the EICR is intended for.
The general rule of thumb is, the more high risk the building, the more often you need to have an EICR carried out.
You should have an EICR inspection every year for the following buildings (or parts of your buildings):
- Petrol stations
- Medical locations in hospitals (e.g. operating theatres)
- Front of house in a cinema (i.e. the cinema screens and areas open to the public)
- Swimming pools
This is because these venues use flammable gases or chemicals or contain large amounts of water.
A faulty electrical installation can generate sparks or become a fire risk, which can be catastrophic in these kinds of environments. Testing the electrical installations annually helps reduce the risk.
You only need to get the higher risk areas tested every year. For example, if you have a leisure centre that needs an EICR, you only need to get your sauna and swimming pool checked every year. An engineer only needs to inspect the rest of the building every three years.
Remember that as duty holder, it is your responsibility to ensure that your buildings' electrical installations are in a safe condition and compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
EICR inspections can help you achieve this, as well as ensure the safety of tenants, staff and visitors.