Written on the 2 March 2020 by Kerri Vandenberg
Over time, electrical systems age, undergoing wear and tear just like your office building, appliances, and equipment. For this and other reasons, it's crucial for every business site to have a well-planned electrical maintenance schedule in place. With this in mind, we explore some of the vital reasons you should establish an ongoing maintenance program for your operations, and the advantages your business could reap as a result.
WHAT DOES ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE INVOLVE?
Electrical maintenance is carried out by a licensed electrician, and it incorporates the testing and tagging, monitoring, troubleshooting, repairs, and replacement of electrical equipment. It can deal with any aspect of your electrical system and equipment such as wiring, switches, office appliances, and plant machinery. For example, an electrical contractor could assist with updating your lighting, installing a new security system, or replacing a malfunctioning heating system. Electrical maintenance can include preventative measures, as well as general repairs and maintenance.
SCHEDULED ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESSES?
THE DANGERS AND RISKS OF POORLY PLANNED ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE
Exposed live parts can cause electrical shocks and burns, while electrical faults can lead to fires or explosions. What's more, if your electrical system is poorly maintained, your business won't be able to respond well during emergencies. For example, your fire alarms and security systems could fail, leading to slow evacuations, losses from theft, and other risks.
Extreme environments like mining sites, dust-prone work areas, and spaces with harsh operating temperatures could have a heightened risk of electrical incidents. A scheduled maintenance program could help manage associated dangers from electrical equipment damage, which can also result from wet conditions, radiation, and proximity to chemicals.By optimising your electrical system, as well as your electrical equipment and appliances, you can set up your premises to better deal with emergencies. For example, your business might need to use standby generators during extreme weather events or a power blackout. If these are faulty, you could be exposing your employees to a safety hazard.
HOW TO BUDGET FOR ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE
Take into account relevant laws and regulations in your state/territory. Compliance could be more onerous depending on your sector, working environment, and the types of equipment you use, meaning your electrician might need to do more complex maintenance work as a result.
SCHEDULED ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE SUPPORTS YOUR BUSINESS GOALS
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