Electrical Contracting News (ECN) July 2017 - Page 20

KEY ISSUE SAFE AT HOME Frank Bertie, group technical director at NAPIT, discusses the Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary and why it is vital for the industry to keep on top of electrical safety in the private rented sector. T he number of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) is set to grow as a result of an increase in demand from the Private Rented Sector. This follows pressure from the government as it looks to improve electrical safety in this area of housing. The standard of electrical safety in private rented homes is particularly poor and the government now realises that more needs to be done to improve this. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced a clause which gave the government powers to introduce electrical safety standards in the private rented sector through secondary legislation. For this reason, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the introduction of mandatory EICRs. An EICR shows if the electrical installation is in a satisfactory or unsatisfactory condition and the form includes a list of observations relating to the installation’s safety or aspects that may require improvements. An EICR will be unsatisfactory if it has any of the following observations classified as: Only where there are no observations – or those classified as C3 are identified – can the installation be deemed to be satisfactory. There is much confusion among the non-electrically trained as to what constitutes a satisfactory EICR and how to read and interpret them as they are often lengthy and technically detailed documents. Following an unsatisfactory EICR, there is no means of providing the customer with an overall satisfactory installation record following the certification and completion of any required works. This issue has led to NAPIT creating an Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary (EISRS) to bring together all the elements to ensure safe electrical installations. The EISRS acts as a simple one-page document which provides clear and concise information regarding the outcome of an EICR and defines what further actions need to be taken. Through the EISRS, customers are able to demonstrate that they have carried out the rectification works highlighted by the EICR on their property. This includes completing the electrical certificates necessary to show compliance with BS7671. The EISRS provides an easy to understand cover sheet for an EICR and a way for an unsatisfactory EICR to be married up with the certification following the successful completion of all required works (C1, C2 and FI observations). Following on from this, the customer will be able to use the EISRS as evidence to prove that they have carried out an EICR on their property and that any required rectification work has been completed. How to complete the EISRS The EISRS is split into two parts. The first (Sections 1, 2 and 3) are always completed by the electrical inspector who undertook the EICR and it provides a summary of the condition of the installation in terms of electrical safety and shows: 1 Client Details Client: Address: Postcode: Installation (If diff erent from client): Address: Postcode: Installation type: 2 Domestic Industrial Company details EICR carried out by: Signature: Company name: Address: Postcode: Registration No: Date of inspection/test: EICR number: 3 Electrical Installation Condition Report Conclusion Satisfactory 4 Unsatisfactory Recommended date for next EICR for this installation if conclusion is satisfactory: Confi rmation that required works have been completed if EICR was unsatisfactory All required works (C1, C2, and FI observations) have been investigated, completed, certifi ed and the installation is safe for continued use. This record confi rms that the required Electrical Installation Certifi cate/s (EIC) and/or Minor Works (MW) Certifi cate/s have been issued for the installation above. Certificate Numbers: 5 Company Details Remedial work carried out by: Signature: Company Name: Address: Postcode: Registration No: Date of work completed: Recommended date for the next EICR for the installation following the completion of works: NAPIT, 4th Floor, Mill 3, Pleasley Vale Business Park, Mansfi eld, Nottinghamshire, NG19 8RL When to use the form In the case of an unsatisfactory EICR the second (Sections 4 and 5) only requires completion by the registered electrical competent person who undertook the required rectification work, if the EICR was unsatisfactory, and the correct electrical certification has been issued. 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