One of the most common causes of workplace fires is electrical faults, including defective wiring, overloaded sockets and faulty machinery.
To avoid fires and electrical shock risks electrical installations, which all deteriorate over time, should be tested periodically.
Is it your responsibility?
As a commercial landlord or property owner you have a duty of care to your tenants. You are legally required to ensure that electrics in your buildings are not a danger to occupiers and visitors to your building. Repairing and maintaining the building’s electrical system is your responsibility.
What are your obligations?
Having an EICR for a building, and carrying out five yearly inspections, isn’t a legal requirement – there is no legislation that specifically requires landlords to have an EICR certificate – however other laws, such as the Landlord and Tenants Act (1985), The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), contain enough legislation regarding precautionary responsibilities to indicate that maintaining EICR certification is advisable if you wish to fulfil your legal obligations. Your property should be made safe for tenants at the beginning of their tenancy and kept safe for the duration of their lease.
What is an EICR?
An Electrical Inspection Condition Report (ECIR) details the condition of a property’s fixed electrical system – cables, switches and sockets etc.
The main purpose of an EICR is to guarantee the safety of those using the building, to ensure they are not susceptible to electrical shocks and/or fires.
Specifically, an EICR report will record the results of the inspection and the condition of the electrics at that point in time, providing details of:
- Overloaded electrical circuits
- Potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
- Defective electrical work, including damage and wear and tear
- Elements of the electrical installation that do not meet IET Wiring Regulations
- Lack of earthing or bonding.
Ideally an EICR should be carried out every 3 to 5 years with visual inspections carried out annually.
Following the undertaking of an electrical inspection and full report and certificate will be issued together with details of any remedial actions required which should be graded by urgency to affect any faults found.
What are the implications of non-compliance?
If someone, be it a tenant, their visitor or even a trespasser, injures themselves during their time in your property, you could be prosecuted.
We can help you fulfil your obligations
We can help you to keep your building compliant and the people in it happy and safe. The simplest way to ensure that you comply with all the Maintenance Essentials, including having regular Electric Installation Conditioning Reports carried out by qualified electricians, is to put a Darenth Valley planned and preventative maintenance contract in place.
Do our Happy Building Health Check
We’ve identified 12 areas of essential maintenance for keeping commercial property compliant and created a Happy Building Health Check chart. If compliance is your responsibility download it and check that your building complies.