The Need For An EICR, Or Fixed Wire Testing, In Your Business



As a UK business you have a responsibility to ensure that your premises are compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. You are probably aware that this includes regular PAT testing, or portable appliance testing. That basically covers anything at all in your business that has a plug on the end of it. 

Unfortunately, simply testing your appliances is not sufficient. You also need to have all your wiring tested. It can and does wear out over the years, and faulty wiring can cause serious damage to your property and put lives at risk. This is commonly known as fixed wire testing, and also hard wire testing, periodic inspection and testing, or simply electrical testing. In the simplest terms, it is an inspection of all the wiring and associated equipment which sends electricity to your lighting, sockets, fire alarms, smoke alarms (if they are hard wired), emergency lighting, and more. When we have carried out an inspection, we issue you with what is known as an EICR – Electrical Installation Condition Report. 

So why use Hawkesworth to carry out an EICR for you? To begin with, we have over 100 fully qualified engineers covering the whole of the UK, and they are accredited by NICEIC and the ECA among other qualifying schemes. We provide you with a dedicated account manager, and we also offer free advice if anything needs attention. We conduct a lot of EICR tests every year along with over 7 million PAT tests, and we have over 25 years’ experience of doing it. When we have completed the inspection, we provide you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report Certificate.

How often should you have an EICR test? It depends. For industrial installations they should be carried out every three years, while for other commercial applications every five years is sufficient. For domestic installations the period is every ten years. However, in all cases, both domestic and commercial installations should be tested every time there is a change of occupancy.