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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:
- C1 (dangerous)
- C2 (potentially dangerous)
- FI if the need for Further Investigation is identiﬁed.
- 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.
If the (EICR) fails Napit has issued a certificate which can be added to the (EICR) once the work is completed to allow the five-year certification.
This code is the most common and used to indicate that, while an observed deficiency is not of immediate or potential danger, an improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.
Below is the average of 100 properties tested
The issues C1-C2-F1, we made the necessary repairs in the most economical way to achieve a safety certified report
- EICR With no codes perfect test PASS
- EICR with code C3 PASS
- EICR with fail code C1 & C2 (FAIL)
- EICR with code F1 (FAIL)
The Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years.
Guidance has been produced by the electrical safety industry that covers how landlords can choose a qualified and competent inspector and tester.
USE A QUALIFIED INSPECTOR
Using an Electrical Inspector Registered on Electrical Inspector Scheme gives you the confidence that the person undertaking the electrical inspection and testing of your electrical installation satisfies the ‘competent and qualified’ requirement of the Regulations and guidance in England, Scotland and Wales.
The electrical safety industry has established competent person schemes. Membership of these will not be compulsory to ensure there is no further pressure placed on the industry, nor undue burden placed on inspectors and testers.
When commissioning an inspection, to establish if a person is qualified and competent landlords can:
- check if the inspector is a member of a competent person scheme; or
- require the inspector to sign a checklist certifying their competence, including their experience, whether they have adequate insurance and hold a qualification covering the current version of the Wiring Regulations and the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.
Example Code C1
A Code 1 (C1) observation means ‘ Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.’
A C1 represents an immediate threat to safety and should be rectified or made safe as soon as possible.
An example of a C1 defect would be accessible live conductors due to damage, poorly modified enclosures or removed maintenance panels. Incorrect polarity would also attract a code C1 as it may allow conductive parts, not normally expected to be live, to become live.
C1 is an immediate threat to safety the inspector will inform the duty holder or landlord for the installation immediately, both verbally and in writing, of the risk of injury that exists. Access to the faulty circuit may even be blocked or turned off until the defect is fixed
Example Code C2
A Code 2 (C2) is not as severe as a C1 but is still a potentially dangerous defect. It may not pose an immediate threat but is likely to become a danger in the future. A C2 is ‘Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.’
The phrase “potentially dangerous”, in the C2 code is to point towards a risk of injury from contact with live parts after a sequence of events. A series of events could mean that an individual may gain access to live parts through a day to day task that would not usually be expected
Example Code C3 (most common)
Code 3 ‘Improvement recommended.’
Meaning something has been identified which does not comply with the latest regulations but is not dangerous. For example, the installation may not comply with the current version of the regulations or may have damaged fittings which do not have exposed live parts. A code C3, in itself, should not warrant an overall unsatisfactory report.
You will need to address C1, C2 and FI faults on your report to achieve compliance with electrical safety regulations. However, it’s always good practice and usually well worthwhile considering rectifying all faults on site. Remember you aren’t obliged to use the same electrical contractor to test and to carry out remedial repairs. You do not need to have the whole installation re-tested after the repairs, but you should obtain a certificate for the changed elements.
Example Code F1
An observation code FI ‘ Further investigation required without delay.‘ for example, your electrical testing engineer has observed something carrying out the testing, for instance, circuit protective conductor high measured resistance possible loose connection.
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