Many industries have multiple types of systems in place to facilitate daily operations. Occasionally these are very industry-specific such as in the electrical utilities or telecommunications companies. But many businesses also have a number of systems in common. These would include heating and air conditioning, air handling systems, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting, uninterruptible power supplies and many more.
Some of these systems are in place to ensure the safety of those working within the structure. With commercial buildings, systems are typically installed during construction. Often older buildings do not modify these systems and over time they can become outdated or insufficient to support current demands. in some cases the systems may no longer be compliant with current building control departments, rendering them unsafe. Testing of these systems by an NICEIC certified electrical contractor can reveal deficiencies or weaknesses.
Fixed wiring ought to be tested at a minimum of every five years for residential and commercial structures, offices, shops and educational facilities. Industriai structures should be checked every three years. Petrol filling stations and places where public entertainment is provided should be tested annually. Every time there is a change of occupancy, residential and commercial structures should be tested. This ensures that safety issues are being addressed. Emergency lighting and uninterruptible power supplies should be checked at regular intervals to ensure they can provide sufficient battery runtime when the mains power supply fails.
Fire alarms, air conditioning and heating systems and other systems which rely on electrical service (including UPS systems) to operate correctly should all be checked at regular intervals. Each week, mission-critical systems should be visually checked to see that they are working properly, with no alarms (audible or visual) and their alarm logs checked. Each month, critical electrical systems should be tested and run on load (including standby power generators) and annually entire systems should to be tested for a suitable period. This not only keeps you in compliance with regulations but gives the confidence of knowing that your site test and maintenance regime means that your systems will perform when required.
Thamesgate has the electrical engineers and contractors, with the training and experience to work with you to ensure ali of your systems are running at peak performance. When the safety and the well-being of you and those you employ depends upon your electrical systems functioning properly, it makes sense use the testing services of a qualified electrical contracting company such as Thamesgate.
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Written by Nick Watkins.