Posts tagged “Inspection and testing”

Now that many businesses are re-opening offices, shops and other buildings it’s important to remember emergency lighting maintenance. 
 
When a building has been empty for weeks or months the batteries or backup power for all types of emergency lighting bulkheads or LEDs and exit signs need to be fully checked 
Leaders in testing, inspection and certification, Bureau Veritas, have highlighted safety risks in the UK’s schools. 
 
All of the country’s education institutions are being urged to take a more rigorous approach to safety and compliance. 
The new Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) was released last month. It’s intended to be used by bodies that certify and register anyone carrying out electrical installation and inspections. It is part of work to improve electrical safety and competence to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. It will come into effect in September 2020, but it can be used voluntarily from now on. 
Quality, health and safety experts, Bureau Veritas, have warned that an increasing number of AC-type residual current devices (RCDs) are being affected by direct currents (DC) from modern electronic devices, electric appliances, and renewable energy sources. 
 
The previous (17th Edition) Wiring regulations said that AC-type RCDs should be used for sockets that might supply outdoor equipment. However, with increasing number of domestic, commercial and industrial sites now installing renewable energy sources such as solar panels, Bureau Veritas says that these RCDs might not be fit for purpose. 
We’ve recently had some challenges to find and fix faults in commercial electrical installations. 
 
Electrical systems are often complicated and tailored to a business’s needs. 
 
If you’re not the electrician who did the original installation, it can be quite difficult to track down the root cause of a problem. 
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