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Periodic Inspection of Line-Powered Equipment (F&E.06.20.08)

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F&E.06.20.08

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE




Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
PE.06.20.08

Original
X Revision
Page 1
of 3
Title: Periodic Inspection of Line-
Powered Equipment


PE.06.20.08 Inspection Line Powered Eqpt
I PURPOSE

To provide a safe environment for patients and staff by inspecting the electrical safety of both
clinical and non-clinical equipment.

II POLICY

A. All line-powered equipment will be inspected, tested, and tagged for electrical safety
annually. If the equipment has been incorporated into the Equipment Management
System, this inspection will be included in the PM procedure. Remaining equipment will
be inspected as part of an annual electrical safety sweep. The sweep inspection will use
the procedures detailed in this policy.

B. Line-powered equipment that is substantially non-conductive (presents no grounded
surfaces within the normal reach of the patient and operator) will be visually inspected
but not tested for grounding integrity and leakage current.

C. Using exception reporting, equipment which does not pass the sweep inspection will be
recorded and a work order issued for follow-up.

D. Defective equipment that poses a risk to staff or patients will be tagged to prevent further
use until repairs are accomplished.


III FORMS USED: Electrical Safety Inspection Form (UWH 3310).

IV PROCEDURE

A. All line powered equipment will be visually inspected and tagged during an annual
walk-through (sweep) inspection. The inspection procedure will differ depending on
whether the equipment is used in direct contact with patients. If equipment is:

 used in a clinical setting (direct patient contact) or
 used where there is a significant increase the risk of injury from electric shock
or
 subject to extraordinary wear and tear,

All other equipment (non-clinical) will be inspected and tested as described in
paragraph B.



FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE




Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
PE.06.20.08

Original
X Revision
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of 3
Title: Periodic Inspection of Line-
Powered Equipment


PE.06.20.08 Inspection Line Powered Eqpt
B. Non-clinical equipment will be inspected as follows:

 The equipment will be visually inspected for cleanliness and general
physical condition. The housing should be intact with all assembly hardware
present and tight. There should be no signs of spilled liquids or other abuse.
 The AC plug should be examined for loose blades and rattles that could
indicate loose screws
 The line cord should be inspected for signs of damage. Examine the strain
relief at both ends of the cord to insure that they hold the cord securely.
 The equipment will be tested for the integrity of the grounding provided by
the power cord. An ohm-meter with acceptable accuracy and resolution will
be used to perform the test. Non-clinical equipment will pass this test if the
measured grounding resistance of less than 0.5 ohm (500 milliohm). Listed
double insulated appliances shall be exempt from testing.

C. Equipment that does not meet the minimum performance characteristics specified in
sections B or C must be repaired at the time of inspection or labeled as defective.
Equipment that presents an immediate life-threatening hazard must be removed from
service until repaired. In no case will the equipment be removed without first informing
the person responsible for the area. Satisfactory arrangements must be made for a
replacement unit if needed.

D. Remove any previous green electrical safety stickers.

E. Affix the new green safety sticker to equipment.

F. Record a brief equipment description on area equipment log sheet

G. If equipment fails any of the tests in section B or C, record equipment identification on
defective equipment log.

H. After inspection and testing of all line-powered equipment in an area, review the
equipment log with the area manager. If the manager is satisfied that all known
equipment has been tested, ask the manager to initial the completed area equipment
log.

I. Review the defective equipment log sheet. Initiate the necessary repair requests in the
Maintenance Management System.

V REFERENCE NFPA 99 Standard for Health Care Facilities


FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE




Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
PE.06.20.08

Original
X Revision
Page 3
of 3
Title: Periodic Inspection of Line-
Powered Equipment


PE.06.20.08 Inspection Line Powered Eqpt
VI COORDINATION UWHC Equipment Team
Continual Readiness Committee




Wayne Abbott
Director, Facilities & Engineering Services