Inspection Reports

We are an NICEIC and ECA approved company, with a specialist division that undertakes inspection reports for both the domestic and commercial sectors.

Why choose us?

  • The NICEIC and ECA recognize that inspection reporting requires above average knowledge and experience, to be able to carry it out correctly and to industry standards.
  • Our engineers are City & Guilds qualified and have undertaken specialist training in inspection and testing.
  • We operate a simple fixed fee price structure for standard installations.
  • Our knowledge of statutory requirements and BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations enables us to produce accurate objective reports and not just proposals for unnecessary upgrading work. A non-compliance with a latest regulation does not necessarily render an installation unsafe.
  • Reports can be issued by e-mail for speed, forward transmission and safe storage.

This is an electrical survey that includes visual inspection and testing.

It looks for evidence of overloaded circuits, potential hazards in the installation, defective DIY work and highlights any lack of earthing or bonding. The report will assess the overall condition of the installation and point out identified defects.

The IEE recommends that the maximum period between Electrical Installation Condition Reports is:

  • Domestic – 10 years.
  • Commercial – 5 years.
  • Places of Public Entertainment – 1 year.

These intervals should be reduced if the installation is in poor condition or subject to wear and tear.

This is similar to the Electrical Installation Condition Report but excludes testing.

A visual inspection and test are undertaken and the results are recorded.

Frequency of test should relate to the condition of the appliance, its environment and manner of use.

BS5266 requires the following test and inspection regime.

Monthly – illuminate each emergency light for a short period.
6 monthly – illuminate each emergency light for a period of 1 hour.
3 yearly – illuminate each emergency light for the full period, usually 3 hours.
These tests should be recorded in a Log Book.

BS5839 requires the following test and inspection regime.

Weekly – operation of test button by user.
6 monthly – test, clean and service devices
Annually – check battery backup.
These tests should be recorded in a Log Book.

The Law

Lettings – all portable and fixed wired electrical appliances must be tested by a competent person and conform to the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, mandatory for rented properties since 1997. The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 requires that the electrical installation is safe when the tenancy begins and that it is maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.

Work Place – there is a statutory duty of care under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 for all electrical installations in work places to be maintained, so as to be safe and to prevent danger. It is likely that in the event of an accident the authorities will look to BS7671:2008 IEE Wiring Regulations as the benchmark for standards.