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Electrical Safety (England) | England | Responsibilities and Liabilities (England)

12 Month EICR

13 Mar 2021 | 1 comment

We have a electrician who is providing EIRC’s but on some reports only granting them 1 year not 5 years as he feels they may be borderline. But surely they are a pass or fail? Are we within are right to request/demand a 5 year one?

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  1. guildy

    We suppose it depends what’s borderline.

    If the earth test was borderline for example, it’s sensible to only put a year so another comparative test can be done which would determine if there’s any deterioration of concern. 5 years might be too long to wait for that example.

    That’s why the rules allow for a lower date (and that the lower date wins for next test date).

    What we’ve been doing with ours is doing an initial inspection and the work gets done first so that it gets 5 years without compromise. The main work we’ve needed on older ones has been upgrading to metal consumer units, fire rated spot lights, upgrade bathroom lights and surge protection added.

    Perhaps see if they will return, do the works to necessary, and give a new certificate for 5 years. That will still be cheaper than 5 inspections over the next 5 years (or just do that next year).

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