ANNUAL TESTING, INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE
Annual testing, inspection and maintenance of a lightning protection system is crucial for ensuring that an existing lightning protection system remains in a serviceable condition, thus providing continued protection to the structure itself, along with the contents and occupants within. British Standard BS EN 62305 states that all lightning conductor and earth installations should be visually inspected at intervals not exceeding 11 months and that this work should be carried out by approved lightning protection specialists. This can be achieved by following the guidance laid out by the HSE who recommend the use of members of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS).
Here’s why our annual testing, inspection and maintenance works should for a crucial part of your regular management programme:
It is generally a requirement of building insurance providers that this work be completed in accordance with the British Standard by qualified Lightning & Earthing Specialists and an up to date certificate is in place at all times
Lightning Protection effectiveness
The effectiveness of the Lightning Protection System may be compromised over a period due to; fluctuations of earth resistance readings, accidental damage, adverse weather damage, or modifications of an existing building
Raffertys are one of the original members of ATLAS and are an accredited lightning protection specialist company
reduce the risk
A main function of Lightning Protection is to reduce the risk of “loss of human life” and “loss of service to the public” in accordance with BS EN 62305 and therefore falls under duty of care
Raffertys can provide a multi year annual testing and inspection contract so that you can be safe in the knowledge that we will ensure your system is inspected and tested in accordance with industry requirements
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is a statutory document which states that, where a Lightning Protection System is fitted, testing should be completed on an annual basis in accordance with either BS6651:1999 or BS EN 62305.