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.
GFI devices have little stickers on them that say the test button should be pushed once per month.
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.
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.
mikesh, the Z 463 looks like exactly what I am looking for - I'll just have to wait until it comes out.
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.
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".