Electricity and explosion risks
Once flammable substances (gases, vapors or powders) are used which can be ignited by, for example, an electric spark, the electrical installation must also be assessed for explosion safety. The inspection class and the frequencies of these inspections depend on the specific situation. EFPC has rich experience in this field and can, therefore, prepare a well-considered inspection plan.
In some situations, installing a lightning protection system is required by law. For companies that do not fall under this obligation, we often find that applying (or not) lightning protection is primarily approached as a financial issue. The area of conflict between safety and economic efficiency is complex.
How can you weigh up the effect of this investment against the potential dangers in the long term? What are the risks for your employees and for the electrical and IT installations if you decide not to install a lightning protection system? What are the possible positive consequences for your insurance premiums if you do?
We are happy to map the risks of lightning strikes and the advantages and disadvantages of lightning protection, including any necessary additional provisions.
Standards for electrical safety at low voltage
When it comes to the electrical safety of low-voltage installations, the standards NEN 1010 (design and construction) and NEN 3140 (operational management) apply. We are talking about the requirements for designing and installing electrical installations and for working safely with low-voltage electrical installations and electrically movable work equipment in homes, other buildings, and infrastructure. The NEN 3140 contains rules about the inspection frequency and the appointment of responsible persons to monitor safety.
In addition, further requirements for the electrical equipment of machines are laid down in NEN-EN-IEC 60204-1, with rules for, among other things, the control of machines, control systems and the colors of cables and (emergency stop) switches and push-buttons. EFPC performs checks based on all these standards and advises on possible measures to be taken.
Exclude risks to and from your electrical installations?
Contact us for independent advice on electrical safety or more information about the NEN1010, NEN 3140 and NEN-EN-IEC 60204-1.