Lightning Protection Testing

Lightning protection testing on all lightning protection systems is a legal obligation and insurance requirement and should be carried out at regular intervals. The type and level of lightning protection system in question determines the length of this interval period however as a rule of thumb annual lightning protection testing is recommended for most systems. The testing and certification process is broken down according to:

1. Test points and earth network Earth resistance testing should be carried out by qualified personnel using certified and calibrated approved LP Meggar Tester equipment. The method to be employed for earth testing should incorporate the use of current and potential electrodes spaced equidistantly apart in order to carry out a test on the earth system.

2. Down conductors Testing and inspection of down conductor sections of the system is integral as it forms the path to earth for the lightning from the air termination network and the earth.

3. Air termination Network - the testing of this portion of the system depends on the type of system that is deployed:

i) With the passive EN 62305 system a full visual survey is carried out to ensure that no plant has been added to the building at roof level and that no damage to the system has taken place.

ii) The testing of the ESE Helita system is a complex series of tests whereby the head unit undergoes 3 different stress tests. This is a highly specialised process and requires specialist test engineers to carry out this work.

On satisfactory completion of the above, Rainey & Co Ltd. will issue a full certificate which should be kept on file for insurance purposes.

Electrical Safety Testing

Electrical safety forms part of the obligation of any Duty Holder (an employer or director, possibly a premises/facilities/H&S manager) to provide a Duty of Care to those using or visiting the site they are responsible for. As the risk posed by electricity can be considerable – both by electrocution and fire – this obligation must be considered as a priority and diligence carefully evidenced. Ultimately the Duty Holder must ensure that “electrical equipment used at work must be maintained in a safe condition, so far as is reasonably practicable”.

Rainey & Co offer the following electrical safety services:

  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
  • Emergency Lighting Testing
  • Fire Alarm Testing
  • Thermal imaging and analysis