Electrical Wiring Safety For Agricultural Buildings

Electrical Wiring Safety For Agricultural Buildings

Here at the Future Energy Group we provide high quality, professional wiring design and installation for a wide range of projects, everything from small scale domestic through to commercial buildings. However we also specialise in providing, repairing and maintaining wiring systems on agricultural buildings. Agricultural buildings have somewhat different safety requirements than either domestic or commercial buildings and this is not always something that all electrical contractors have the specialist knowledge and experience to work with.

Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the UK, and along with working with potentially hazardous animals and large machinery, electric shocks and electrical fires are some of the most prevalent dangers.

The specialist contractors at the Future Energy Group have experience of working in an agricultural setting, which is often extremely different to most domestic or commercial jobs. This means that we are able to assess and carry out and necessary work quickly and easily, without interfering with busy life on the farm too much.

There are a number of specific points that are covered in the UK Agricultural Wiring Regulations and that need to be adhered to for your wiring to come up to code, be safe and not invalidate your insurance. These include:
• That the levels of separated extra-low voltage (SELV) must not be too high, typically no higher than 25V.
• The wiring system must be protected to IP44 (ie, protected from solid objects and not exceeding 1mm and from splashing water) or the insulation must be able to withstand 500V r.m.s. for at least 1 minute.
• All socket outlets must be protected by residual current device(s) (RCDs) with an operating current of no more than 30 mA.
• Agricultural wiring systems must be protected by an RCD with an operating current not greater than 500 mA, although in practice, a 300 mA rating is likely to be used.

For more information about electrical systems in agricultural buildings, contact the Future Energy Group today.

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