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Testing (Generators)Generators

Q: When doing monthly generator testing, do you have to maintain 30% for 30 minutes or does hitting the 30% sometime during the 30 minutes suffice? In other words, if …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2020
Testing (Generators)

Q: Is there a standard that says we need to write the start and stop time on our monthly generator load test for 30 minutes? A: In so many words …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 30, 2020
Testing (Generators)Generators

Q: Who can do the annual and monthly checks on a generator in an Ambulatory Surgery Center? A: Well, those are not checks, but actual load tests. According to NFPA …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2020
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Q: Has there been an update to the definition of time by TJC/CMS? I'm looking at quarterly fire drills right now, but any changes/clarification on the definition for all intervals …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2020
Manual Stop SwitchTesting (Generators)

Q: Are there any regular testing requirements for Generator Remote Shutdown Switches? A: Yes… sort of. Section 8.4.1 of NFPA 110-2010 says generators, including all appurtenant components, shall be inspected …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 20, 2019
Automatic Transfer SwitchesTesting (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

Q: We have a generator that doesn’t meet the 30% load for the monthly run so we have to do an annual run with the load at 50% for 30 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2019
Testing (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

Q: Do generators for healthcare need to be load-bank tested annually if they meet the 30% nameplate load requirement during each monthly test? A: No. Load bank testing is only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 12, 2019
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Q: We are going to have temporary generators onsite for two months that we will use during our construction project to replace the main power distribution gear for our bed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 26, 2019
Testing (Generators)Batteries (Generators)

As you may be aware, you are now permitted to have maintenance free batteries to start your generators. Previous to the adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 5, 2019
Automatic Transfer SwitchesTesting (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)Batteries (Generators)

Q: I am new in my position and I would like to know what the weekly generator inspection consists of? I also would like to know what the monthly generator …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 16, 2019
Testing (Generators)GeneratorsArticle

Q: Does our hospital have to test the generator for 30 minutes every week, and then 1-hour once a month? We have programmed our generators to operate every Wednesday at …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 30, 2018
Testing (Generators)GeneratorsArticle

Q: We have a generator that doesn’t meet the 30% load for the monthly run so we have to do an annual run with the load at 50% for 30 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 19, 2018
Q&ATesting (Generators)Generators

Q: In a business occupancy and an ambulatory occupancy do we need to test our generator on load each month or can we do a load bank test once per …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesTesting (Generators)Generators

Q: Does a diesel generator that is located in a business occupancy require the same testing frequencies as the one at our hospital requires? A: It depends if the generator …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2017
Q&ATesting (Generators)Generators

Q: Is it allowed to combine the 3-year 4-hour generator load test along with the annual 2-hour load test? Our generator test company plans on running the generator at 50% …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 25, 2013

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