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Canada - Inspection & Testing #211253
09/30/13 06:31 AM
09/30/13 06:31 AM
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Stuart_Urban  Offline OP
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What periodic inspection and testing is carried out on Canadian installations? By "periodic" I mean inspection and testing carried out at regular intervals on in service existing installations.

I have a copy of the CEC and their does not seem to be any detail in it. Are their any other standards that are usually followed? I am particularly interested in hazardous locations.

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Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211263
09/30/13 09:19 PM
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GFI devices have little stickers on them that say the test button should be pushed once per month.

Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211269
10/01/13 02:16 PM
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I think that's not what Stuart was referring to. I don't think there are any requirements for periodic re-inspection of existing systems.

Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211279
10/02/13 02:01 PM
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2-300 covers maintenance in a generic way but often testing is covered by building code say for a life safety generator needs monthly tests as might the unit equipment supplying exit or emergency lights.
Circuit breaker manufacturers recommend yearly exercising of breakers (turn them off and on a couple of times as this serves to lubricate the mechanisms but we all know that no one does this.
CSA is currently publishing Z 463 which should eventually become a Standard for maintenance but now it is only a guide.

Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211300
10/03/13 03:34 PM
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mikesh, the Z 463 looks like exactly what I am looking for - I'll just have to wait until it comes out.

Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211319
10/04/13 07:39 PM
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BTW, the only country I know of that requires periodic tesing of domestic and commercial installations is Switzerland. Homes are required to be re-inspected and tested every ten years, businesses every five years.

Re: Canada - Inspection & Testing [Re: Stuart_Urban] #211358
10/08/13 04:32 AM
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IEC 60364 recommends that every installation is subject to "periodic verfification". It also goes on to say "where required, periodic verification of every installation shall be carried out".



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