Make Sure Your Workplace Is Safe
As an employer, you’re legally required to make sure that your commercial property
‘The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 places a “duty of care” on employers and landlords to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist.
In many cases traditional inspection and test work is not feasible where supplies are hard to isolate such as hospitals, prisons, factories etc. ‘
Thermal imaging is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for predictive maintenance. Thermography is a non-contact and non-destructive type of testing, and can detect faults that would otherwise go unnoticed.
A thermographic survey is one of the simplest and most accurate methods employed to monitor and predict when a system might fail.
Call our team today to enquire about thermographic surveys for your property on 0141 429 1254
The benefits of THERMAL IMAGING
Thermography can detect the following in electrical systems:
- Loose connections
- Phase imbalances
- High resistance in fuses and switchgear
Thermography can detect the following in buildings:
- Continuity of insulation
- Flat roof leakage
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
- Cold storage thermal gain
Thermography can detect the following in mechanical systems:
- Motor overload
- Worn Bearings
- Boiler seal leakage
- Insulation breakdown
- Hydraulic, steam and hot water systems
- Tank levels and insulation
We answer your questions about THERMAL IMAGING SURVEYS
Interlink Lighting and Electrical works hard to help clients understand the importance PAT certificates.
Below we have answered some of your frequently asked questions regarding the thermal imaging process.
Infrared Thermography is non-contact temperature measurement technique and has the ability to see and measure temperature differences in a non-intrusive manner with the use of an infrared thermal imaging camera.
Electrical circuits and components often fail because of fatigue, defective components, contamination, or just loose connections due to poor workmanship.
Failing components have one thing in common, they will always have a rise in temperature or
'hot spot' prior to failure. Infrared thermal imaging cameras allow us to quickly identify anomalies before your components fail.
Typical faults that the imaging survey will detect include:
- Loose cable connections
- Unbalanced circuits
- Corroded connections
- Internal faults within a circuit breaker
- Internal faults and overheating within a fuse
- Connections with high resistance
- Internal faults or overheating of contactors
- Overheating lighting circuits
The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) places a "duty of care" on employers and landlords to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist.
Everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, the Duty Holder will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety. If nobody at your place of work is clear on who that is, then the responsibility falls on the most senior person. It is important to know who has the responsibility for safety and welfare of staff to establish that compliance is achieved.
No, the legislation states that the person testing the item must be a competent person. All Interlink Lighting & Electrical operatives are ECS graded & qualified electricians who have experience in inspection & testing of electrical equipment
Annually is minimum recommended frequency.
There is no specific schedule set out however guidelines to help. The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.
Essentially it is the responsibility of the employer to assess the risk involved and implement its own programme of testing. Most companies still opt for a blanket test of all equipment on an annual basis to ensure conformity.
This type of testing will generally be undertaken during normal business hours. If you oversee a department budget, you should be aware that it is likely that evening work and weekend work would attract uplift in costs.
At Interlink Lighting & Electrical, we appreciate that after reading the FAQs, you may still have a question about thermal imaging and we encourage you to give us a call on 0141 429 1254 and we will be happy to advise.