Testing of stationary equipment according to DGUV V3 (BGV A3)

1. Why check?

There are insurance companies that already point out in their policy that it will lead to a reduction in your contribution payments if you are able to check locally-fixed electrical equipment and verify it within the prescribed time periods and to confirm their perfect condition. By checking the local electrical equipment, existing deficiencies can be identified, documented and eliminated. These deficiencies can, for example, be a malfunction which, as the case may be, leads to the total failure of the operating medium or causes a progressive increase in energy consumption. By recognizing such deficiencies at an early stage, very cost-intensive effects can be detected and set up in advance. With immense consequences, for example, a fire is associated which is triggered by damaged electrical components. Defective stationary electrical equipment can also lead to personal injury. After the test, you will receive a court-specific protocol with all relevant data, with immediate reference being made to any deficiencies. In addition to the examination, we also offer you suggestions for solutions and repairs. The initial consultation can be made by telephone or at your local office.

2. What equipment must be tested?

According to §2 (1) of the German Ordinance on the Protection of Vehicles, "electrical equipment as defined in the accident prevention regulations means all objects which, as a whole or in individual parts, are subjected to the application of electrical energy or objects (eg objects for the generation, forwarding, distributing, storing, measuring and consuming) transmission, distribution and processing of information (eg objects of telecommunication and information technology). "

Usually the following three categories are divided:

  • Portable electrical equipment
  • Stationary electrical equipment
  • Electrical systems

2.1 Fixed electrical equipment:

Fixed electrical equipment is either anchored or very massive equipment with electrical elements. In addition, electrical devices which are used as stationary devices are those which have a mobile connection line, but which are themselves fixed. The test is carried out according to DGUV regulation 3 (formerly BGV A3) according to DIN VDE 701-702. For you as an entrepreneur, this test is extremely important in many ways, as you will be able to meet your obligations towards trade supervisory authorities, professional associations and insurance companies.

Examples of stationary electrical equipment are:

  • Refrigerators
  • Herd
  • Water dispenser
  • Heater
  • Air conditioning
3. How is the test of stationary devices carried out?

The equipment shall be subjected to an individual test. The test comprises the following three steps, which are also laid down in the DIN VDE regulations:

  • Inspection: Visual inspection for damage or improper use
  • Testing: Functional testing
  • Measure: Carry out the prescribed measurements

For the electrical check, calibrated measuring instruments are used which carry out the following measurements:

  • PE resistance
  • Insulation resistance
  • Protective conductor current
  • Contact current
  • Substitute

In Section 2 (2), DGUV V3 stipulates the rules for the examination of stationary operating equipment: "Electrical engineering rules within the meaning of this accident prevention regulation are the generally recognized rules of electrical engineering, which are contained in the VDE regulations to which the Professional association in their newsletter. "

This corresponds to VDE 701/702 for the fixed electrical equipment.

4. How often do you have to check the local electrical equipment?

Electrical equipment must be inspected by a qualified person prior to initial start-up and after a change or repair before re-commissioning. The test periods for the repetitive tests shall be determined by means of a hazard assessment. The DGUV V3 gives a guideline value of 6 months before (on construction sites 3 months), which can be extended if an error rate of < 2% is achieved.

The DGUV V3 provides the maximum guideline values:

  • 1 year in manufacturing plants, workshops, on construction sites or under similar conditions
  • 2 years in offices or under similar conditions

The hazard assessment does not have to take over these guideline values. However, they are usually a good starting point.

According to the company safety regulations, the contractor must ensure that the electrical installations and equipment are checked for their proper condition. The consequences of a lack of verification are serious in the event of damage.

5. Who is allowed to inspect stationary electrical equipment?

The test of stationary equipment must be carried out by electricians. When using suitable measuring and test equipment, persons with electrical engineering (EUP) can carry out the tests under the supervision of an electrician.

6. Testing by HCE Control

If an equipment is the test, it receives a check label with the next check date and a bar code. After completion of the contract, the company receives a court-specific test report or a defect protocol for defective equipment for each resource.

Have the HCE Control check your local electrical equipment quickly, safely and easily.

Look forward to:

  • A competent telephone consultation or a personal conversation on the spot
  • A proven test concept that can be tailor-made to your requirements
  • Friendly professional staff, who carry out the prescribed examinations conscientiously
  • The marking of the equipment with a durable test label
  • A court-specific documentation or an error log

If required, we can also assist you with the following services:

  • Create risk assessments
  • Inventory of equipment
  • On-site repairs
  • Replacement of spare parts