Day: 7 May 2024

Electrical Thermal Imaging Surveys & Building Insurance Compliance

Electrical Thermal Imaging Surveys & Building Insurance Compliance

Electrical Thermal Imaging Surveys

Many building managers may not be fully aware of the critical importance of an annual electrical thermal imaging survey for their building’s electrical systems. This survey is not just a precautionary measure but is usually required to comply with insurance obligations. Failure to conduct this infrared inspection can potentially invalidate the building insurance, particularly in the event of a fire or other electrical mishaps. Therefore, understanding and adhering to the necessity of an electrical thermal imaging inspection is paramount for building managers.

The significance of an electrical thermal imaging inspection extends beyond insurance compliance; it is crucial for ensuring the safety and operational efficiency of the building’s electrical systems. Fortunately, modern thermal imaging technology makes these surveys operationally convenient for building operators. Unlike traditional inspection methods, thermal imaging eliminates the need to power down or isolate any part of the electrical systems.

By detecting temperature differences behind walls and other obstacles, thermal imaging provides a quick, easy, and less intrusive service that can be conducted in all weather conditions.

Moreover, conducting electrical thermal imaging inspections is not just about meeting insurance requirements; it is also a legal obligation under The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) Act and various other regulatory frameworks. Compliance with these statutory obligations ensures the safety of occupants and minimizes the risk of electrical hazards within the building.

Thermal imaging inspections are not uniform; they vary in complexity and comprehensiveness. Typically, insurance companies, facility managers, and safety auditors expect a thorough examination conducted by a Level 3 thermographer. The reports generated from these inspections serve as crucial documentation for insurance claims and regulatory compliance.

A standard electrical thermographic inspection report usually consists of four main sections:

  1. Introduction/Report Summary: This section provides an overview of the survey conducted and summarizes the key findings.
  2. Main Body Report Pages: Here, identified faults or anomalies detected during the thermal imaging inspection are detailed. Each fault is described, its severity assessed, and recommended remedial actions provided.
  3. Condition Monitoring Assessment: This section offers insights into the operational condition of equipment reported during previous surveys, providing an ongoing assessment of equipment health.
  4. Appendices: This section includes a checklist and thermal images of every asset inspected during the survey, creating an auditable record of the inspection process and equipment health at the time of the survey.

While clients may not directly witness the meticulousness of the thermographic reportage, it is a vital aspect of the service provided. The aim is to deliver clear, easily referenceable reports to the end-user, ensuring transparency and facilitating informed decision-making regarding maintenance and repairs.

Thermography & Electrical Thermal Imaging Inspections

When selecting a thermographer for electrical thermal imaging inspections, it is essential to consider several factors to ensure the quality and reliability of the service:

  • Certification: Ensure that the thermographer holds Level 3 certification, indicating a high level of expertise and competence in thermal imaging inspections.
  • Equipment: Verify that the thermographer uses high-quality equipment, such as large format FLIR thermal imaging cameras with 45-degree lenses, ensuring accurate and detailed imaging.
  • Comprehensive Reporting: Seek thermographers who provide comprehensive and detailed reports, clearly documenting all defects and anomalies identified during the inspection process.

At APT Sound Testing, we prioritize the quality and reliability of our thermal imaging services. Our inspections are conducted by Level 3 certified thermographers using state-of-the-art FLIR thermal imaging cameras. We provide comprehensive reports that meet the requirements of insurance companies, facility managers, and safety auditors, ensuring compliance with regulatory obligations.

If you require more information about our thermal imaging services or wish to schedule an inspection, please contact us at 01525 303905 or email us at info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk. We are committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of your building’s electrical systems through our professional thermal imaging inspections.