Inspection of electric equipment for fire risks in accordance with SCIOS scope 10
An inspection of an electrical installation on the basis of NTA 8220 and in accordance with SCIOS scope 10 is intended to investigate to what degree electric equipment can cause a fire. So it is not so much an inspection on the basis of standards but more of a risk assessment.
SCIOS is a foundation that manages a quality system for the inspection and maintenance of technical installations for the owners of installations and inspection and installation companies. The quality system has been incorporated in the SCIOS certification scheme. Amongst others the inspection company and inspector of the inspection company are audited under the scheme. This guarantees you a high-quality and certified inspection.
A Scope 10 is an inspection of electrical installations and the connected electrical appliances (together called the electrical equipment) to assess their fire risk.
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Scope 10 is based on NTA 8220. The application of this technical agreement combined with the SCIOS method has made it possible to define a widely supported verification method to assess the fire risk of electrical equipment. It describes what must be checked and how this should be done.
The role of electrical inspections
The Dutch Association of Insurers advises its members, the insurance companies, to prescribe this verification method in the conditions of their fire insurance policies, with the aim of obtaining clarity and transparency, both for the policyholder and the electrical engineering sector.
Naturally you can also have this inspection carried out if it is not demanded by your insurance company but you would like insight into the possible fire risk of the electrical equipment in your building.
The aim of this (periodical) inspection is to assess the fire risk of the electrical equipment. During the inspection, stock is taken of any shortcomings that could give rise to fire. The shortcomings can then be resolved to achieve firesafe electrical equipment.
Although your insurance company may demand this inspection, you should have this inspection carried out because prevention is better than cure. Naturally you are well-insured against fire, but if fire does break out, then a lot more is involved than just the damage to your property and compensation of the damages, especially if people are also injured.
Having this inspection carried out will considerably reduce your risk of fire!
Having this inspection carried out by an employee of SOCOTEC means you are certain that it will be done properly within the framework of the certification scheme, professionally, expertly and with the regulations applied correctly.
The Scope 10 us carried out by means of visual checks, measurements and thermography using a predetermined inspection plan.
Depending on the use and environment in which the electrical equipment is housed and used, the entirety of the equipment is tested or it is inspected using spot checks.
A Scope 10 inspection is registered in the SCIOS portal. You will receive a certificate, with or without observations depending on the inspection results.
If observations were made, they must be resolved within a reasonable period of time (usually three months). The way in which this is done will be assessed in mutual consultation. It might be necessary to carry out another inspection afterwards.
The frequency of the inspections also depends on the environment (building function) and the results of the inspection. The next inspection might have to occur within 3 or 5 years.