So, how do you make sure your social housing stock is compliant with the relevant regulations? And how do you validate that compliance to avoid any complications in future?
Every house requires a full electrical system with a number of fixtures and devices. With this comes several potential hazards, ranging from poor installation and exposed wiring to overloaded sockets.
There are also several must-haves from a compliance point of view, with the Government outlining five key electrical safety features:
Unfortunately, not all social housing complies with these. According to the Electrical Safety Roundtable, 26% of social housing in England does not have the recommended five electrical safety features installed. On top of that, 12% of social housing failed to meet the Government’s Decent Homes criteria in 2018.
With 9% of all fires caused by electrical problems and over 600 annual A&E visits down to electric shocks, it’s fair to say this isn’t an area where you should cut corners.
To avoid any electrical issues, social housing should be regularly inspected across several key areas:
If problems are found with any of the above, a qualified electrician will need to carry out the necessary repairs.
A routine visual inspection by a professional electrician will prevent the majority of electrical problems in your properties. However, to validate your compliance, you’ll need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
Recommended at least every five years, EICRs comprise a comprehensive check of your entire electrical system. It ensures that every component of your system is running safely, effectively and compliantly.
This all-encompassing inspection will provide you with a formal document outlining your compliance, or any work that is required. The check will also reduce the need for unexpected callouts, which could save you money in the long run.
As of July 2020, it’s actually a legal requirement for landlords to have an EICR report carried out every five years for new tenancies. This will also apply to existing tenancies from April 2021. You’ll need to keep a copy of your report for future inspections, complete any required work within 28 days and supply a copy to:
As fully certified electricians, Volta Compliance can provide professional EICR services to businesses across Leeds and the surrounding areas. Our full-scale assessment will ensure you’re compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), as well as recommending the best course of action going forward.
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