Electrical Maintenance for Business- Prevention is Better than Cure
Most businesses have in place a maintenance program for their machinery and equipment but not all think of electrical maintenance as a critical factor in ensuring they are always able to conduct their business to maximum effect.
Benefits of a maintenance program
Preventing failure and downtime
The Institute of Electrical Engineers has reported that electrical components are three times more likely to fail in businesses without a preventative maintenance program. The most common causes of electrical failure are loose connections and problems resulting from exposure to dirt, dust and moisture. An electrical maintenance program enables these problems to be diagnosed before they become disasters and prevent your organization from carrying on business.
Loose connections, frayed cords, faulty equipment, damaged outlets and overloaded circuits can all put your workforce and customers at risk of shocks, other injuries or an electrical fire. Regular inspection is more likely to catch these issues before they become problems and if you can demonstrate commitment to proper maintenance it may help to minimize your liability should any claims be made against you.
Keeping equipment and machinery working as intended by the manufacturer ensures it is operating in the most efficient manner and is not wasting energy.
Good asset management
Equipment that is not well maintained wears out more quickly and often uses more energy to produce the same result. Regular assessment can ensure all your equipment is kept in optimum condition and so extending its useful life and minimizing the number assets that need to be replaced because of electrical problems.
If you are thinking that you need to instigate a maintenance program, here are some issues to consider that will help you get the best results.
How often should inspection take place?
Inspection and testing should take place on a regular basis. Exactly how often depends on how critical different components are to the running of your business. Every three years is considered the minimum period between scheduled inspections.
Who should undertake the inspection?
It is important to use professionals who understand the type of equipment you have and who can conduct the inspection and testing safely. Licensed electrical contractors are best placed to undertake this work.
What happens after an inspection?
You maintenance program should identify who is responsible for monitoring the results, ordering and organizing any repairs or work which is identified as necessary after the inspection and testing has taken place.
What records need to be kept?
You also need to decide who within your organization is responsible for keeping the records of the inspection and testing and of any scheduled work and its outcome.
Although an effective maintenance program will result in costs to your business, overall it is generally more cost effective than allowing problems to develop which will have an adverse impact on your equipment and your organization’s ability to perform its function. Failed equipment generally costs more to replace than undertaking a repair before failure has occurred. Emergency repairs are also likely to be more costly than if you have work planned to suit the needs of your business. You can schedule a period of downtime to undertake remedial work at one of your quieter periods in the year, for example, rather than having to have work done when there is a failure, which is more likely to occur during your peak periods.
If your business does not have an Electrical Preventative Maintenance program, contact your electrical contractor to discuss putting one in place without delay. Prevention is better than cure!