Codes for electrical installation condition report EICR’s is a topic which sparks a hot debate, excuse the pun, between electrician’s whilst carrying out testing.
A while ago I posted a photo of a damaged cracked light switch on Linkedin and asked what you would code it. There was a variety of opinions on what the defect should be coded.
In this video, I show the damaged switch in a kitchen and explain what the different codes on an electrical condition report mean and how to determine what the item should be coded.
I read out two particularly good comments in regards to testing. One by electrical consultant Dave Watts AKA Sparky Ninja and the other by Richard Townsend from Napit.
Coding requires a risk assessment by the electrical test inspector, engineering judgement, understanding of BS7671:2008 A3:2015 and considerations of the environment and use of the electrical installation.
Classification code C1 (Danger present)
Where an observation has been given a Classification code C1, the safety of those using the installation is at risk
and immediate remedial action is required.
Classification code C2 (Potentially dangerous)
Classification code C2 indicates that, whilst those using the installation may not be at immediate risk, urgent
remedial action is required to remove potential danger.
Classification code C3 (Improvement recommended)
Where an observation has been given a Classification code C3, the inspection and/or testing has revealed a
non-compliance with the current safety standard which, whilst not presenting immediate or potential danger,
would result in a significant safety improvement if remedied. Careful consideration should be given to the safety
benefits of improving these aspects of the installation.
A great guide on coding can be found in Napit’s publication ‘Code Breakers’ which can be purchased on the Napit’s website. I spoke to Richard Townsend at Elex Sandown about the book during a vlog video https://youtu.be/tUoU6_5X1jY
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