To meet your legal obligation as the landlord of a rented home or to satisfy a legal requirement at your workplace you may require a periodic Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
Like everything else, electrical installations can deteriorate over time. Accidental damage, wear and tear, foreign body ingress, corrosion, DIY electrical works and thermal damage to the electrical cables, distribution equipment or accessories due to overloading can all contribute to the deterioration.
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out on all existing electrical installations at regular intervals by an electrically competent person.
In tenanted domestic properties this electrical safety report is widely known as an EICR Certificate or a Landlord Safety Certificate. It is referred to as an Electrical Safety Certificate in commercial establishments. However, it is not a ‘certificate’ but a ‘report’.
The sole purpose of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is to verify and confirm that the existing installation is safe for continued use.