Best practice guidelines for electrical inspections in wet areas
Jun. 24 2019
There are a number of health and safety obligations placed on hotels, spas, leisure centres and sports organisations. Managing and meeting all these obligations across the entire facility can be a challenge, but perhaps none more so than in leisure facilities.
‘Wet areas’ such as swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis pose a greater risk of injury or electric shock from electrical installations. Cables and equipment are also more susceptible to corrosion due to moisture and the IP (ingress protection) rating of equipment needs to be higher to prevent ingress of moisture as defined by specified zones within BS7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations).
Although non-statutory, BS7671 serves as a best practice guide and it is widely recognised that achieving compliance with BS7671 would satisfy the requirements of the relevant part of the Electricity at Work Regulations.
The standard gives recommended maximum periods between inspections and testing in various locations, and states that the maximum period between inspections and testing in swimming pools should be one year and routine checks every four months.
To support our hospitality and leisure clients in meeting these best practice guidelines, Bureau Veritas offers a full range of testing, inspection and certification services, including bespoke maintenance programmes for wet areas.
Our experienced team of electrical engineers is already working with some of the biggest names in the leisure and hospitality industry, armed with the regulatory knowledge and industry insight needed to drive the efficiency of testing and inspection programmes in wet areas. This includes swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, paddling pools, Japanese baths and changing rooms with bath or shower facilities.
Our team works closely with clients to reduce any disruption to site, combining inspections where possible and testing areas when they are least busy. We also develop bespoke specifications in partnership with clients to optimise inspection programmes across all relevant installations, including cables and equipment in wet areas.
By outsourcing risk to a single, trusted compliance partner in Bureau Veritas, you can combine inspections to reduce downtime and gain complete peace of mind from our experienced team of electrical engineers.
Contact our experienced team on 0845 600 1828 or send us a message below to discuss your individual requirements.