At Select Switchboards, we offer comprehensive Switchboard Safety Audits to inspect and evaluate your electrical switchboards or distribution panels to ensure that they are in good working order, comply with safety standards, and pose no hazards to people or property.
It is a requirement as per the standards that all switchboards should receive a Switchboard Safety Audit every 12 months as a routine inspection. This scheduled auditing helps to identify any weaknesses or faults within the system that could potentially cause power outages, electrical fires, electrical damage, safety risks, disruption to operations, downtime, and loss of productivity.
As Switchboard specialists, our team works closely with you to audit and assess the safety and performance of your switchboard to ensure minimal disruption to your operations.
Switchboard Safety Auditing Importance
The majority of switchboards are rarely de-energised, which over time can lead to wear and tear issues that affect both its efficiency of performance and also the safety of its operation.
The regular daily demands on your switchboard such as vibrations, environmental effects, changes over time, large fluctuations in power loads or occasional overloading can accelerate these deteriorations, making your switchboard a potential safety risk.
Common Faults Identified in Switchboard Safety Audits:
- Loose Connections
- Circuit Breaker Failures
- Ground Faults
- Insulation Damage
- Component Failure
Potential Risks and Dangers from Unsafe Switchboards:
- Personal Safety Risks
- Operational Risks
- Power Outages
- Electrical Fires
- Electrical Damage
- Disruption to Operations
- Downtime and Loss of Productivity
Switchboard Safety Risks
Below are the three largest safety risks that can be caused by a compromised or unsafe switchboard. You can mitigate these risks and ensure your switchboard is operating at both its optimum performance and safety level by requesting a Switchboard Safety Audit.
Risk to yourself, your personnel, or the general public being in proximity or in contact with a faulty switchboard.
Faulty switchboards can result in electrical fires and even explosions that risk the safety of your work site and/or property.
A faulty switchboard can cause power surges that damage your equipment and machinery preventing you from operating.
Switchboard Safety Auditing
At Select Switchboards, we specialise in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of switchboards. So, who better to complete a switchboard safety audit, than the people that make switchboards?
Our team of electricians and fitters know switchboards inside out, which makes them the perfect people to audit and test switchboards already existing within your property's infrastructure.
Our Switchboard Safety Auditing Process
Each Switchboard Safety Audit we carry out at Select Switchboards is in line with the relevant legislation and standards. We work closely with you to reduce the amount of downtime or power interruption to ensure that your operations have minimal disruption during the audit.
Physical Inspection: We will visually examine the switchboard, looking for signs of damage, wear, or other potential problems. Examples of potential issues include corroded components, missing parts, signs of overheating or burning, and more.
Thermal Inspection: Using our industry-leading thermal imaging equipment we will scan the switchboard to identify any areas of excessive heat caused by faults.
Operational Check: Next, we will test the operation of the switchboard, ensuring that all switches and breakers function correctly and that the board effectively manages electrical loads.
Compliance Verification: We will verify that the switchboard and its installation comply with all relevant safety standards and regulations. This can involve checking the quality of the workmanship, ensuring that the correct components have been used, verifying proper grounding, and more.
Documentation Review: Any relevant documentation, such as installation records, maintenance logs, and previous inspection reports will be reviewed and updated.
Risk Assessment: Based on the inspections completed in the above steps, we will identify any potential risks or hazards within the switchboard, and recommend any necessary actions.