Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification for Government Building Electrical Installations Brings Peace of Mind
Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification (PITC) for fixed electrical installations can serve as precautionary measures to ensure reliable electricity supply and minimise the instance of electrical accidents. According to the Electricity (Wiring) Regulations, fixed electrical installations located at a place of public entertainment, premises for the manufacturing or storing of dangerous goods, or premises with a high voltage fixed electrical installation shall be inspected, tested and certified at least once every 12 months. Meanwhile, fixed electrical installations of other buildings as prescribed in the Regulations shall be inspected, tested and certified at least once every five years. To ensure public safety and safeguard clients’ assets, EMSD has taken the lead to properly maintain government buildings and has conducted PITC for their fixed electrical installations to offer clients peace of mind.
Recently, we have completed PITC for fixed electrical installations of the Central Government Complex, the EMSD Headquarters and the Tai Po Air Quality Monitoring Station. Taking the Central Government Complex for example, the buildings house various bureaux and departments, many of which serve the public seven days a week throughout the year. They are at the public’s service even at night or during holidays. This makes allocating a time slot to suspend power supply for conducting inspection of electrical installations particularly difficult. To ensure government services remain unaffected, we began planning more than two years ahead, conducted detailed research on the designs and modes of operation of the electrical installations, organised numerous inter-departmental meetings with representatives of the Architectural Services Department and various bureaux and departments at the Central Government Complex, formulated comprehensive inspection plans and contingency solutions based on risk assessments, and carried out PITC in phases and on a zone-by-zone basis with all of them completed successfully in the end. The operations of the Central Government Complex, the Office of the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council Complex were not affected at all throughout the process.
Government buildings are venues where services are provided to the public. We have always initiated PITC for the fixed electrical installations with our clients in view of their operations. Moreover, to prevent any electrical accident and ensure public safety, EMSD has been proactively promoting the importance of PITC to owners of private buildings, and enforcing the Regulations.
Should clients have any enquiry on PITC for fixed electrical installations, you are welcome to contact Ms. Janet Lam, Senior Engineer, at 3155 4301.