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Maximising Safety and Efficiency: How Commercial EICRs Enhance Electrical Systems

Running a commercial property means protecting the people who work in and visit your building. Electrical equipment failures can result in a range of devastating consequences from electric shocks to serious injuries, fires, and even death.

No business owner wants to carry the moral or emotional burden of something going wrong with their electrical equipment which is why there are laws in place to ensure this doesn’t happen.

However, to an untrained person, electrical issues may go unnoticed until it’s too late and that’s when accidents happen. What’s more, even where no injuries occur, faulty electrical equipment can suddenly fail, putting an abrupt stop to the productivity of your business.

One way to ensure your electrical systems are always in tip-top condition is a simple EICR. These checks are usually carried out every five years and provide you with a detailed overview of your electrical equipment, its efficiency, and any potential faults, damage, or maintenance requirements.

What Does An EICR Check?

An EICR or, to call it by its full name, an Electrical Installation Condition Report, is a periodic check that is carried out by a qualified electrician to check the status and condition of your electrical equipment.

During the check, your electrician will carry out a number of inspections to check that your electrical equipment is functioning as it should.

This includes checks on parts like wiring, fuse boxes, light fittings, and sockets. Your electrician will look for signs of damage like cracks as well as for issues such as overheating.

In the event that any problems are acknowledged, it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. Once you have done this, you won’t need to have another EICR carried out as long as all of the recommended remedial work has taken place.

Why EICRs Are Essential For Functioning Electrical Systems

Having a reliable electrical system is essential for many reasons. But when it comes to business, the safety of your employees and visitors is the most crucial. On top of this, you’ll want to ensure that your electrical equipment is efficient and won’t result in productivity problems. Let’s take a closer look.

Protecting People

Your business wouldn’t operate without people. Whether this is your team of employees or the people that visit and buy from your business. So, protecting them should be at the top of your list of priorities and a simple EICR is just one of many ways in which you can do this.

The law is bursting at the seams with safety at work regulations and I’ll go into more detail on this later on. However, at a moral level, business owners and managers should be taking responsibility to ensure their team is safe from hazards; including those posed by dodgy electrical equipment.

Only trained personnel should work with electrical equipment in the workplace but even then, there is room for accidents. By ensuring that you have an up-to-date EICR, you can feel confident that you’ve done everything in your power to protect the people on your property

In fact, there are many reports that state that by having an EICR the risk of accidents and incidents is significantly lowered.

Smooth Sailing

When you’re running a business, downtime means a loss of profit. It’s in every business owner’s interest to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

When electrical equipment fails, the result is a loss of productivity. Let’s assume for a moment that you own a restaurant and the lighting system fails; you’re not going to be able to open to the public without sufficient lighting.

By the time you’ve called out an electrician, identified the problem and had the remedial work completed, you could have lost a day or more’s worth of profit. That simply won’t do.

But by scheduling a regular EICR, you’re able to stay on top of your electrical maintenance and jump on problems before they escalate into something much worse.

EICRs And The Law

Many people ask us whether an EICR is a legal requirement for UK business owners. While it is legally required for landlords renting out domestic properties, EICRs are not currently mandatory for commercial premises.

However, that’s not a reason to skip your next EICR because doing so could come with a whole host of problems, such as the ones I have discussed above.

But much more than this, a regular EICR can help to ensure that your commercial premises remain compliant with the UK’s Electricity At Work Regulations 1989. These regulations (in a nutshell) state that commercial electrical equipment should be free from faults, well maintained, properly installed, and fit for its environment.

Installing electrical equipment and then ignoring it until something goes wrong could result in a tragic accident, damage to property, or human injury or death.

If this happens and you cannot prove that you have properly checked and maintained your electrical equipment, you could be in for a hefty fine or even jail time!

An up-to-date EICR carried out by a qualified electrician is proof that you have done everything possible to ensure safe and well-maintained electrical equipment on your property.

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