Three Steps To An Electrical System Recovery

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

A sound recovery of an electrical system depends on 3 key factors which we will discuss in today’s post. The idea is to provide companies who operate on large scale electrical systems with the information they need to make their infrastructure safe, secure and redundant, in case of a disaster.

Knowledge Of the Electrical System

Companies need to be intimately familiar with every aspect of their electrical system. The more knowledge they have of their system, the quickly they can get the right recovery efforts underway.

Every business or company should have a recovery plan for all its processes. In case of electrical disasters, a safe and efficient recovery plan has to be in place. In light of that, businesses and companies should have the following.

A current single-line drawing of the electrical distribution system

Seek out and identify equipment that is critical to maintaining the existing infrastructure

Determine what components need to be replaced

These may be three simple steps but in fact they are enormous tasks each with its own set of tasks and subtask.

Let’s talk about water related disasters. Any type of electrical equipment exposed or drenched is water is a serious cause for concern. There is a good chance that the equipment is lost forever. However even if it’s not, re-energizing it without proper precautions and repairs is a disaster waiting to happen. Be mindful of other attributes besides water such as moisture and weather exposure. Both can effect system integrity. The excess water not only poses a risk for the equipment but to workers as well. It could be contaminated with debris, chemical or sewage, all potentially harmful elements to human life.

Implement Electrical Safe Work Policy Practice

Abbreviated shortly as ESWP, is a policy document that is created by the company. It is a very detail oriented document that defines in good length all the areas of a company’s electrical safety practices. Having a safety document is just a good practice, it is a legal and federal requirement in order to promote safety and contain hazardous incidents from occurring. The one thing to know about ESWP policy is that no two policies are alike. They vary from company to company and industry to industry. Each facility for example has its own specified levels of circuit layout, energy expenditure and voltage requirements. As such each facility will require its own ESWP and multiple location will involve multiple ESWP as part of the overall work safety plan.

Must Have An EEAP

By that, we mean an Electrical Emergency Action Plan. It details all electrical assets, and operational infrastructure. This plan will and should also highlight the potential risks and limitations of the systems to that engineers working on a recovery effort know the boundaries within which they need to work. This also translates to less uncertainties when a natural or man-made disaster occurs and severely reductions the down town of an electrical system because engineers have an eagle eye of the entire system and know where to dissect and which part to work on. From a financial point of view, an electrical emergency action plan will also highlight the parts the can be defective and thus provide cost engineers with the cost of repairing the system, a key calculation when formulating a repair strategy.

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