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ELECTRICAL SAFETY


FIRE SAFETY &


challenging for most people to understand


and act upon. To establish


whether or not the installation as a whole was ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ you would have to scrutinise page 2, section G to find this single word summary finding.


In summary, the new EICR will replace the PIR. It should make hings explicit and informative, removing the historic confusion and danger of unmanaged faults. Model forms for the EICR have been issued by the IET (in Appendix 6) and so there is a clear and consistent reporting


approach for those offering test and


inspection. ADDED


FOUR NEW SECTIONS


The structure


of the Standard has not changed; parts one


to seven remain in place, with updates to the content.


One appendix has been added: 16. Devices


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for protection against overvoltage


Two appendices have been removed: 11. Harmonic currents in three phase systems and


12. Voltage drop in consumers’ installations


Content from these has been moved to Appendix 4 which has been renamed: 4. Current carrying capacity and voltage drop for cables


Four new specific Sections have been added:


• Section 444 deals with measures against electromagnetic disturbances


This has been included to provide requirements and recommendations to avoid and reduce electromagnetic disturbances that may interfere or damage IT systems and to meet the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.


• Section 534 deals with devices for protection against overvoltage


Surge protection to limit transient overvoltages and divert surge currents, particularly important with the growing reliance on sensitive electronic components and processors in the equipment that organisations commonly now use.


•Section 710 concerns medical locations


Applies to hospitals, private clinics, medical and dental practices, healthcare centres and dedicated medical rooms in the work


place, designed to manage the risks specific to this environment according to the definition of the location.


• Section 729 offers detail for operating or maintenance gangways


To provide a safe working environment for those professionals working in areas of restricted space or restricted access.


WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? This amendment has implications for those who design, install, test and maintain electrical systems. Preparation for BS7671:2008 (2011) means that all in the electrical market must undergo training to fully understand the details of the changes. The changes to Part 6 also mean that handheld electrical test metres must be updated with software upgrades.


From an FM perspective there may be little required now, other than an appreciation of the changes heralded by the amendment. The most important of these for the FM professional is the introduction of the EICR following periodic fixed installation inspection and test – hopefully making compliance more straightforward. Acting upon the observations within the EICR is the key concern of the commissioning FM and the Duty Holder.


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