NAPIT unveils the new Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary (EISRS). The document is designed to accompany the completion of Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) by electrical inspectors and provide an easy to understand cover sheet for customers.
At present, the findings of EICRs are often confusing for customers and it can sometimes be difficult for them to know how to address an unsatisfactory EICR result. To solve this, the EISRS acts as a simple one-page document which provides clear and concise information regarding the outcome of an EICR and defines what further actions need to be taken. Through the EISRS, customers are able to demonstrate that they have carried out any rectification works highlighted by the EICR on their property including the electrical certificates necessary to show compliance with regulations.
The EISRS itself is split into two distinct parts. The first part is always completed by the electrical inspector who undertook the initial EICR and contains a tick-box section where they can confirm whether an EICR has been satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The second part only needs to be completed if the initial EICR was unsatisfactory and when the rectification work has been carried out, alongside the relevant electrical certification being issued. This part is to be completed by the registered electrical competent person who carried out the required rectification work, so it is possible that two different people could complete the two parts of the summary record.
Due to the government’s commitment to improving electrical safety in the private rented sector, there is an expectation that the demand for EICRs will grow in the near future, especially if they are made mandatory as expected. The Housing and Planning Act 2016, which was released last May, introduced a clause which gives the Government powers to set requirements for electrical safety in the private rented sector through secondary legislation. With this in mind, there has been evidence since the Act which shows that the Government is considering legislation to make EICRs mandatory for private landlords. Alongside EICRs becoming mandatory, it is also expected that landlords would have to have an EICR conducted on their property at least once every 5 years. With the introduction of the new EISRS, NAPIT hopes to be at the forefront of these developments and give further support for members and their customers.
NAPIT members who are part of the Electrical Inspector Scheme can either access the EISRS document through NAPIT Desktop, or can contact NAPIT Customer Services who will provide members with a fillable PDF on request. NAPIT are currently the only Competent Person Scheme Operator who offer the document.
Chairman of the NAPIT Trade Association, Frank Bertie, commented:
“At NAPIT, we are always looking to find new ways to help our members and their client. With the introduction of the EISRS we hope to achieve just that. The safety record gives clients a clear overview of the results of an EICR and how they need to proceed. This in turn gives benefits to our inspections, who can be assured that their clients have a clear understanding of the inspection work that has been carried out and its results. As the only Competent Person Scheme operator that is offering such a document, we are proud to be leading the line and pushing for new ways to increase electrical safety and awareness.”
Looking ahead, NAPIT is going to continue to campaign on the issues of electrical safety and search for new ways to increase awareness. The EISRS represents a step in the right direction and NAPIT hopes that electrical inspectors will make the most out of its potential.
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