Are you walking the tightrope? Don’t leave it to chance – taken from our full controls and electrical system audit, here are some basic checks you should be frequently conducting in your business.
Whether your business has been on shut down for a while or it’s been a while since an electrician has conducted the necessary checks, now is the time to audit your controls and electrical system.
During the months of neglect, the security and functionality of your controls and electrical distribution system might have been compromised. If you don’t pick up on issues before they escalate, you could end up spending a considerable amount of money on repairs. Plus, the downtime caused by faulty electrics in machinery and lighting will significantly impact productivity and revenue too.
Your best bet is to be proactive and take extra precautions when you have the chance. In doing so, you will not only ensure your business’ operations remain functioning and compliant, but you will also minimise any injuries to employees.
To give you an idea of the things you should be checking, here are a few points taken from our full controls and electrical system audit checklist.
Controls and electrical system audit checklist
Undertake a visual check of fixtures and fittings
One of the first stages of our controls and electrical system audit is to visually check all fixtures and fittings on your business’ premises.
This includes seeing if all lights, sockets, switches, and outlets on the premises are tightly secured in their backbox (with all screws present) and are working. Take a closer look to ensure there aren’t any signs of burning, damage or deterioration that could create a hazardous environment for employees.
Assess the working environment
This is quite a broad point to consider, as it applies to all operations involving your business’ controls and electrical system.
As a starting point, check whether:
- The Electrical system is tested and is working efficiently.
- All electrical equipment is free from corrosion.
- All safety Earthing equipment and working tools, such as voltage testers have been calibrated and tested.
Run tests on machinery and electrics
After a while, controls panels and PLC’s will start to slow down, causing faults and affecting machine efficiency.
One of the easiest ways to test this is to run several checks over the next 7-14 days. Make visual observations on the functioning of the machinery and sequences.
As a next step, assess the state of fuses, PLC panels and wiring to see if there are any burn marks, stains or general damage. Also, inspect fixed wiring installations before it leads to danger, i.e. the circuits from the meter and consumer unit supplying sockets, fixed wired equipment and switches.
Check portable electrics
The next step of every control and electrical systems audit is to assess any portable electrical tools and equipment that have been used around or away from the business.
This is particularly important as this equipment could sustain damage through constant movement and has been subjected to different environments.
Other internal factors to consider
As well as checking the functioning and state of your business’ controls and electrical system, it is vital to re-evaluate processes within your business.
For example, have you got sufficient practices in place to help employees know how to operate and maintain machinery? And are de-energised equipment procedures followed?
After a week or a few months away from the business, employees may need a refresher on the safety elements of controls and electrical systems.
Book a full controls and electrical system audit
Once you’ve checked over these initial points, go one step further by booking a full controls and electrical system audit with Hills Electrical. During the audit, we will check:
- All controls and electrical systems are not posing a fire risk or a chance of electrocution.
- Electrical energy outputs are operating at optimum levels to cut overheads.
- Measure the resistance of the main bonding conductors
- Earthing and bonding are adequate.
- There isn’t any damaged electrical fittings, accessories and exposed wires.
- All equipment is functioning properly and offer best practices on minimising any potential unwanted electrical bills in the future.
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