Many buildings (shopping centers, office buildings, hospitals, etc.) are equipped with generators.
These are supposed to take over the power supply of the building, in the event of a breakdown or malfunction on the main electrical network. They are also often referred to as “emergency equipment” since they are the ones that ensure continuity of service within the infrastructure when a breakdown occurs.
Therefore, they must be perfectly operational.
Thus, to check their proper functioning, we will periodically test them with load banks.
In terms of legislation: It should be noted that generators are subject to periodic test regulations for all installations open to the public or for all installations at risk. This is the case, for example, for all medico-social establishments or health establishments.
This is the regulatory system of April 7, 2008 relating to the prevention of power cuts in health establishments which obliges each structure to ensure continuity of service for at least 48 hours in the event of absence from the national network.
The rescue network is particularly sensitive and strategic. The law therefore requires that the generating set be tested monthly under dummy load and at least twice a year under real load on the network. The reason is to avoid energy breaks in survival and protective equipment for hospital patients: fire detectors, security lights, elevators, etc.
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