Most people will be aware that their business should have a valid EICR, but still not all businesses have one. Here are 5 good reasons that you should consider having one carried out on your premises:

EICRs For Business

Safety, safety, safety – protecting your staff and the public from serious injury or death.

The safety of your employees should be paramount to any business owner. Regular electrical testing will provide peace of mind that measures have been taken to ensure your workplace is safe, can you put a price on that? Injuries and deaths in the workplace are unfortunately all too common, but you can reduce the risk of electrical shocks, fires and accidents by ensuring your electrics are periodically inspected. This is not to mention the cost of a fire or serious accident which could have been avoided.

Compliance – meeting your electrical safety at work obligations

There are various laws which require business owners to take appropriate measures to prevent accidents, including:

                 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which states that employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees in                       the workplace

                 The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from                               electricity used as part of work activities

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work. An EICR helps you fulfil your obligations by providing documented proof that your electrics have been thoroughly inspected. This can be crucial in the event of any accidents that are investigated by the HSE.

Insurance – making sure your insurance pays out in the event of a claim

Insurance companies are increasingly requesting that electrical testing is carried out and evidenced on a regular basis as part of your policy agreement. Requirements such as this should be detailed in your policy, so it’s important to make sure you have thoroughly read and understood it.

Whether your insurance will pay out in the event of a claim related to an electrical incident depends on the terms of your policy and whether you have met those terms. This may include being able to prove robust processes for checking your electrics are safe, such as holding a current EICR certificate, and that the incident was therefore unavoidable.

Saving money – how an electrical inspection can save your business money

As well as making sure your electrics are safe, getting an EICR trained and qualified electrician to inspect your installations could even save you money. The EICR tests systems and identifies faults. It could be, for example, that you have an overloaded circuit or a piece of equipment that is overheating and is, therefore, wasting energy and costing you money. An EICR report can make recommendations for efficiency improvements that you hadn’t thought of, or didn’t realise were necessary.

Energy efficiency – saving money and doing your bit for the environment

Further to saving money by having equipment that is functioning correctly, an experienced and knowledgable company, such as Alto Electrical, can also make recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. This could include lighting, heating, motor control, fans and pumps. In addition to cutting costs, reducing energy consumption is a great way of boosting your business’s carbon footprint in line with your corporate social responsibility commitments.

At Alto Electrical, all our electricians are trained and experienced in inspection and testing. Every report that we carry out comes with a detailed breakdown of anything that you should be aware of, whether it is unsafe, could potentially become unsafe or that may just be recommended. When you receive your report, if we find anything that may need work, we will provide you with two quotations. One for work that needs to be carried out to make your installation safe and compliant, and one for any recommended work.

Alto Electrical are Competent and Registered with the NICEIC, insured to £5Million, are reputable and approachable and offer great value for money. If you would like to discuss any queries you have regarding your rental property, would like to enquire about electrical testing or would like to book us in for a FREE QUOTATION, then call Kay in the office on 01778 772595.