Electrical system plays a vital role in your business and it is an essential part of your daily operations. Without safe and reliable access to electricity, it would be hard to maintain constant business and provide a safe and suitable workplace for your employees.
As such, a commercial electrician can be a valuable partner and guide for your business. Here, we look at some of the most important ways commercial electricians can support your business.
1. TEST AND TAG APPLIANCES
Test and Tag is the name given to the process of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances. It involves two parts: first visually inspecting the appliance for any damage, followed by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester. Once tested, the item is placed with a tag to confirm that it has in fact been tested, along with showing who tested it, the test date and when the next test is due.
The primary reason behind doing testing and tagging is to ensure the safety of the people in the workplace coming into contact with the appliance, while also minimising the risk of an electrical hazard. The AS/NZS 3760 is the Australian Standard that provides guidelines and regulations for the test and tag industry with regards to electrical safety of appliances. It sets out recommendations to issues such as test and tag intervals, defines who can test and tag and general guidelines.
Industries such as construction, demolition and mining are required to have their appliances tested and tagged every 3 months. This is because of the harsh nature of the industry which is likely to damage equipment at a faster rate.
The test and tag colours will change for different periods throughout the year, which effectively make certain times of the year coincide with a specific test tag colour.
Apart from these industries, testing and tagging is not a legislative requirement for other workplaces. However, the employer does have a duty of care to ensure the safety of its employees, meaning that if someone were hurt from an appliance that wasn’t tested and unsafe, they could be found liable. Because of this, it’s the employer’s responsibility to have all portable electrical appliances tested.
2. SWITCHBOARD MAINTENANCE
The switchboard consists of equipment, which may be protected from weather and extreme changes in the temperature. If it is necessary to unpack the switchboard before final installation, it must be kept covered, dry and warm enough to prevent condensation until placed in service.
It’s not uncommon for industrial and commercial sites to rely on low and medium voltage switchboards to distribute their electrical power. Over time, electrical distribution equipment can age and deteriorate, reducing both distribution efficiency and safety.
A qualified commercial electrician can assist with switchboard maintenance to minimise failures in the switchboard gear. In turn, this helps you eliminate unnecessary repair and equipment replacement costs while enhancing electrical safety on your site.
Effective maintenance can increase the lifespan of your switchboard and save you on the costs of upgrading the switchboard. Maintenance should include inspection and testing – including insulation resistance tests, continuity tests, and high potential capability tests – with specialist equipment.
3. CIRCUIT BREAKER TESTING
Circuit Breaker Testing is used to test both the performance of individual switching mechanisms and the timing of the overall tripping system. Circuit Breaker Testing is essential to ensure the safe and reliable performance of this key link in the power asset chain.
- Quick and easy to perform on site
- Circuits can be tested on or off load
- Tests performance of whole tripping cycle
- Tests overall timing of tripping system
- Identifies need for maintenance
Circuit breakers perform a vital role in protecting expensive equipment from damage through faults. Testing the performance of your circuit breakers regularly is therefore an essential and cost-effective part of any maintenance strategy.
4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste. Energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing demand for energy imports, and lowering our costs on a household and economy-wide level.
While renewable energy technologies also help accomplish these objectives, improving energy efficiency is the cheapest – and often the most immediate – way to reduce the use of fossil fuels. There are enormous opportunities for efficiency improvements in every sector of the economy, whether it is buildings, transportation, industry, or energy generation.
5. LIGHTNING & SURGE PROTECTION
Lightning & surge protection is widely used in buildings and commercial sites around the world. These systems divert the lightning current away from your commercial site to reduce the risk of injury and damage. While the likelihood of lightning striking your building might seem remote, the damage to equipment can be significant. Lightning & surge protection can also prevent lightning-related fire and structural damage.
A lightning surge protection system usually features a rod or air terminal, a lightning cable (to carry the lightning current from the rod to the ground), and ground rods (buried in the earth for a safe lightning discharge around the building). It’s important to note these systems don’t attract lightning and usually don’t provide surge protection. As such, make sure you use surge-protection tools on your equipment, even if your electrician has set up a lightning protection system.
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