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Commercial Electrical Testing

What is commercial electrical testing?

Commercial electrical testing – also referred to as a commercial electrical installation condition report (EICR) – is a document that provides a detailed assessment of the electrical installations within a property. Commercial electrical testing covers various inspections such as fixed wire testing, portable appliance testing (PAT), and emergency lighting testing.

Commercial EICRs are used to check the safety and compliance of electrical installations within commercial buildings. Like domestic reports, these are required every five years on most commercial buildings including offices, warehouses, shops, and restaurants. Commercial property owners must also obtain a new EICR if there has been a change of occupancy.

Why is commercial electrical testing required?

Business owners have a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and any other people who visit their business facility. Electrical equipment and installations are used more frequently in business properties, which means they become worn quickly. For instance, electric cables can deteriorate over time with general use.

According to “Faulty electrics is the most common cause of workplace fires and roughly 12,000 fires a year are caused by damaged, faulty or misused electrical appliances.” Many electrical faults can be rectified by having regular maintenance.

Commercial electrical testing is required on all commercial buildings to check for safety and efficiency. Employers have a duty to protect their employees and visitors by ensuring that electrics meet the relevant safety regulations.

If a person is injured by an electrical installation in your commercial property and you don’t have a valid EICR, then they could take legal action against you. As a commercial property owner, you must ensure that your building is well maintained and electrically sound.

What happens during commercial electrical testing?

A certified inspector will visit your commercial property and complete a thorough assessment of all electrical installations within your building. The inspector will look for potential safety hazards such as signs of wear or damage to electrical sockets and fixtures. You will be provided with a report outlining the outcomes of the inspection.

If any electrical issues are found, then you must arrange remedial work to minimise the identified risks and improve electrical safety within your commercial property.

How much does commercial electrical testing cost?

The cost of commercial electrical testing will depend on several factors such as the size of your commercial property and the age of your electrical installations. Generally speaking, larger or older commercial properties take longer to inspect and so the cost of a commercial EICR will be higher.

You can check how much commercial electrical testing will cost and receive a quote by getting in touch with your local electrical inspection specialists.

Why choose Hexo for your commercial electrical testing?

At Hexo, we have many years of experience providing commercial electrical testing services to businesses in London and the surrounding areas. Our inspectors receive the highest standards of industry training and complete specialist training modules in commercial electrical testing.

You will be in safe and capable hands when you choose Hexo for your commercial electrical testing. We have the skills and expertise to ensure that your installations are safe and legally compliant while maximising the performance of your electrical systems.

Get in touch with our specialist team if you have any questions about commercial electrical testing or would like to find out more about our services. You can email us at or call 0207 315 4151.