Electrical Installation Certificate
Electrical Installation Certificate provide initial certification of a new installation, or an addition to an existing installation where new circuits have been introduced. It verifies the person responsible for the safety of the electrical installation, with a declaration that the installation is safe to use and complies with the current BS7671 regulations. Green Earth Electrical have the accreditation to issue an Electrical INSTALLATION CERTIFICATE after all works have been completed and tested.
Periodic Electrical Test and Inspection (EICR)
They say ‘the first time is always the best’, and the same rules apply to testing a new electrical installation. Unfortunately electrical installations also deteriorate and need to be maintained regularly by performing a Periodic Electrical Test. Periodic Electrical Testing also known as an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), is a comprehensive inspection to an electrical installation for a domestic or commercial property. During an EICR, the consumer unit, circuit wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested for faults or deviations from the BS7671 wiring standards.
Following a Periodic Electrical Test you will receive a certificate which will state whether the installation is ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’. The faults will be listed on page 2 with a priority rating from C1 – C3. These figures refer to the following status:
- C1 – Danger present, Risk of injury – immediate remedial action required
- C2 – Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required
- C3 – Improvement required
- FI- Further investigation required
The installation is deemed unsatisfactory if fault codes C1, C2 or FI are stated on the EICR. Remedial works will have to be undertaken to rectify these codes and for the electrical installation to then become satisfactory. At Green Earth Electrical, we calculate a price for the ‘follow on works’ following an unsatisfactory EICR that will need to be carried out. After the remedial action has taken place we will then issue the customer with a new satisfactory certificate which will be valid for 5 years, which is also included in that price.
Emergency Lighting Certificate
An Emergency Light Test is carried out to ensure that each fitting is working correctly and fit for purpose. Emergency Light tests should be done annually and takes the same form as the monthly functional test. Every month you should perform a short functional test, where the mains power is disconnected from the circuit, and the duration of the test should be sufficient to ensure that the luminaries operate correctly, whilst minimising damage to the system components.
However, you must schedule a full Emergency Lighting test annually, which should take up to 3 hours to ensure that the battery back up packs last the time that they are designed to. If any of the battery packs fail at any point of the test, they must be replaced immediately as ‘follow on works’. Once the failed components have been replaced you will then be issued an Emergency Light certificate, valid for the next upcoming year.
Part P – Notification and Certification
Part P states that any competent person carrying out electrical installation work in a domestic property, must ensure the work has been designed and installed correctly to protect the consumers from fire and electric shock. Part P can apply from minor changes to an existing installation to a full house rewire.
At GREEN EARTH ELECTRICAL we have full NIC-EIC accreditation to reassureour customers that we are able to carry out electrical tasks to an extremely high standard. It also allows us to self certify all works undertaken and notify Building Control directly. Following this notification, you will receive a Building Compliance Certificate confirmingthat your new installation work is compliant.