New regulations will come into force on 1st January 2012 and among the amendments is the inclusion of the new Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) replacing the Periodic Inspection Report.Significant changes are due to come into force on 1st January 2012, regarding the 5 year fixed wiring inspections on commercial buildings.
Changes to the Periodic Inspection Report, which come into effect on 1st Jan 2012 represent a major shift from the 17th edition of the Wiring Regulations. The new report will be called the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and will contain new codes and definitions which will require action. The four observations within the old PIR were:
Code 1. Requires urgent attention
Code 2. Requires improvement
Code 3. Requires further investigation
Code 4. Does not comply with BS 7671:2008
The above have now been replaced by three new codes with the intention of making it clearer to companies what needs to be carried out and to help make reporting more consistent between inspectors and making priorities clearer.
Code C1. Danger present - for example, bare live wires which can be easily touched
Code C2. Potentially dangerous - for example, RCD did not operate correctly when tested
Code C3. Improvements recommended - for example, no 30mA RCD to offer additional protection of electrical socket outlets used by non-skilled/non-instructed persons
The existing PIR Code 4 will no longer be used
Any observations given a new code of 1 or 2 classification, will result in the overall condition of the installation being reported as ‘unsatisfactory', whereas under the PIR only a classification of 1 requires urgent attention and would result in the overall assessment being unsatisfactory.