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There is a statutory duty of care under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 for all electrical installations in work places to be maintained as to be safe and to prevent danger.
It is likely therefore that in the event of an accident the authorities will look at the wiring regulations as the benchmark for standards that should be adopted
A periodic inspection report is a report on the condition of your electrical installation. It is not as sometimes can be mistakenly known as a safety certificate but a report on how safe your electrical installation is. It should be considered as an MOT for your property electrical installation.
The EPC report is usually a three plus page plus document (depending on the size and type of the property to be inspected & tested).
It is a fact that every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age and the older the property the more likely it is the electrical systems have been running over their ideal running capacity.
The history of the property will in most cases not be fully known and many people over the years may have carried out d.i.y. disasters on your property (floor boards can hide a multitude of electrical sins).
If you are considering buying a property then it would be very wise to invest in a PIR before making your final descision. A surveyors report will not tell you if a property is electrically sound, although they may recommend having a PIR undertaken.
Periodic inspections should be carried out by a competent electrician who has the experience and knowledge to give an informed detailed and educated report into the past, current and future requirements of the electrical installation.
The competent person should be skilled in the field of inspection and testing and should have a city and guilds certificate in this area of work.
If you don't have a PIR for your property then it would be advisable to have one carried out sooner rather than later. Generally a domestic property should have a PIR every 10 years or change of occupancy.
The frequency a PIR should be carried out on other types of properties varies dependant on use and varies between 1 –5 years.