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Our Guide to Getting Your Electrical Safety Certificate for Commercial Premises

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06/08/2019
Electrical Safety Certificate For Commercial Premises

Our Guide to Getting Your Electrical Safety Certificate for Commercial Premises

Learn more about safety certificates. Need help? Get in touch

About Volta Compliance

Here at Volta Compliance, we understand that keeping up to electrical requirements and certification can feel time –consuming or complex. We ensure that your premises are inspected when you need it and with minimal downtime for your business.

All our electricians are graded with the JIB and specialise in commercial, industrial and business property.

With over 20 years’ experience and 65 years of combined experience, our expertise keeps your premises safe and compliant. Get in touch today for your commercial electrical certificate.

What Is An Electrical Safety Certificate?

A Fixed Wiring Certificate or an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is commonly referred to as an electrical safety certificate. This is a document from an electrician that gives you an accurate overview of the condition of your electrical installations at the time of review.

A great way to think of your electrical safety certificate is like an MOT for a car; it is vital that your car has an MOT when necessary. However an MOT does not guarantee that the car is safe, it will only identify where work is needed.

Who Needs One?

It is not only commercial properties that require an electrical safety certificate. You will also need one if you are a company, business, or industrial premises.

How Do I Go About Getting a Commercial Electrical Installation Certificate?

The responsible person for each property must find an electrician to carry out an inspection. For example, this could be a unit manager or site owner.

A periodic inspection is essential in minimising any risk of injury or damage. After inspection, your electrician will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This details any potential risks or faults that will need work to maintain safety. With your approval, your electrician will then carry out any remedial work necessary to make sure your premises are electrically compliant and safe.

This will allow your electrician to accurately identify potential issues and carry out any subsequent, often challenging remedial work. Commercial experience will ensure not only specialist expertise, but minimal disruption to your business.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Safety Certificate for Commercial Premises?

First and foremost; it helps to minimise risk in your premises such as electric shock, injury or building damage due to fire. An inspection will:

  • Identify electric shock or fire hazards
  • Highlight any overloaded or faulty electrical installations
  • Find out whether any earthing or bonding is necessary
  • Check for outdated installations
  • Any immediate dangers will be fixed as a priority (following client approval)

Once you approve any remedial work, you will be issued with an electrical safety certificate.

It is important that you keep hold of any documents regarding electrical certification such as a commercial electrical installation certificate. Not only does it minimise safety risks, it is beneficial to your business.

For example:

  • It provides your electrician with prior knowledge about fittings and potential issues. This can prevent costly explorative work during your next inspection
  • If building damage or injury is due to a suspected electrical fault, a record of an electrical safety certificate for commercial premises will provide evidence of following the correct procedure.

If you do not secure an electrical safety certificate for commercial premises, it can invalidate your insurance certificates.

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Do All Electrical Fittings Need Certification?

Yes. It doesn’t matter whether they are old, new or have been part of a previous inspection. Deterioration or damage can happen for a number of reasons; damage is not always visible on the outside of an electrical installation.

How Long Does a Commercial Electrical Installation Certificate last?

To keep your premises compliant with UK law and regulation, you must renew your relevant commercial electrical certificates with a periodic inspection.

It is essential that you have an electrician carry out an electrical inspection every few years. This will ensure that you, your premises and staff are as safe as they can be; an inspection will minimise the risk of injury or fire.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.