Don't leave it to chance! In today's economic climate, limiting overhead and fixed costs is a top priority. This often means essential power systems maintenance agreements and regularly scheduled maintenance contracts are put on the chopping block. How can your organization ensure reliable power without added cost? CSA Power has the solution with our one-time reliability inspections.
Why perform Facility and/or Electrical System assessments? The most common reason that assessments are solicited is associated with some event or events that occurred that caused the facility's engineering or operations staff concerns, problems or stress. Some typical examples might be:
Tripping of protective devices.
Evaluation of protective relays or circuit breakers to determine functionality and reliability.
Unexplained dysfunction or unexpected operation of electrical equipment or controls.
An electrical shock incident of a patient, visitor or staff member.
Abnormalities with the emergency power systems
Another reason for an assessment is that management may desire to have an independent review or second opinion of work performed by others. An independent assessment or inspection is often employed as a quality assurance method to review the contracted scope-of-work performed by a contractor or service agency. Assessments are often employed to determine if an existing or new electrical installation is in compliance with local electrical codes, the NEC, applicable IEEE® Standards, the equipment manufacturer's installation and operational specifications, or best engineering and construction practices.
Since September 11, 2001 the NEC 708.5(A), has mandated that risk assessments be perform in all facilities classified as “Critical Operations Power Systems”. A risk assessment may require a systems assessment to fully understand the liability the system may present for a reliable critical power operation.
Benefits of an Assessment An assessment can provide the following:
A means to determine the electrical or mechanical systems' risk to future dysfunctions.
A means to determine if there are any violations of electrical codes, electrical standards, or best practices.
A means to determine the cost for necessary corrections or improvements.
A means to determine the necessary requirements to improve the state of a mechanical or electrical system in order to extend the life and reliability of the equipment.
A means to evaluate the quality of a maintenance program or service agency