Periodic Inspections - All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as 'periodic inspection and testing'.
From June 2020, private landlords in England are required to have a periodic inspection carried out on the installations in their rental properties every five years to ensure the safety of your property and your tenants.
Once a periodic inspection has been completed, you will be issued with an Electrical Installation Condition Certificate (EIC). We will also bring to your attention any urgent and recommended recommendations in line with the current IEE regulations, and give you an estimate of the cost involved to bring the installation up to the acceptable standard.
Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate – The Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate is intended to be used for additions and alterations to an installation that do not extend to the provision of a new circuit. Examples include the addition of socket-outlets or lighting points to an existing circuit, the relocation of a light switch etc. This Certificate may also be used for the replacement of equipment such as accessories or luminaires, but not for the replacement of distribution boards or similar items. Appropriate inspection and testing, however, should always be carried out irrespective of the extent of the work undertaken.
Emergency Lighting - The latest British Standard recommends that you have a 3 hour emergency lighting test once a year. BS EN 50172 / BS 5266-8 (Emergency escape lighting systems) specify the minimum provision and testing of emergency lighting for different premises. Additional information on servicing can be found in BS 5266-1: (Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises). All emergency lighting systems must also be tested monthly. The monthly test is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172 / BS 5266-8 and can be carried out by a competent person(s). The result of the monthly and annual tests must be recorded and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible.
Portable Appliance Testing – This is required for landlords and offices where people have access to portable appliances and requires that all portable appliances, i.e. kettles, radios, computers, etc. Are in a safe condition to use. This form of testing must be carried out annually by a competent person(s).
All of the certificates mentioned above are legally allowed to be issued by R.C. Electrics Ltd as a member of the NICEIC regulating body. Being registered with a regulatory authority such as NICEIC and having the authority to issue these certificates is how to tell an electrical contracting company takes their role in this sector seriously. We will never out source our testing!