CSA Z32 Testing

CSA-Z32.2. BRANCH CIRCUIT WIRING IN PATIENT CARE AREAS

heatseeking2FACILITIES REQUIRED TO MEET CSA Z32: According to the Alberta Building Code STANDATA CEC-24 “Canadian Electrical Code, Section 24 – Patient Care Areas”:

Section 24 rules apply to health care facilities beyond the traditional hospital locations including but not limited to dental clinics, physician’s offices, and chiropractic clinics.

Testing:

The Owner (and or) Installer will retain the services of an independent 3rd party testing agent to perform tests of the system as specified and as required by CAN 5/CSA-Z32.2.

Patient care area receptacle testing is intended to verify the integrity of electrical services for patient care and treatment facilities. The testing is to be performed by the testing personnel who will confirm acceptability of the final electrical installations in patient care areas and be used as a basis for routine repeated testing required by the Canadian Standard CAN/CSA-Z32.2-M89, Electrical Safety in Patient Care Areas.

Patient care areas are classified as basic, intermediate or critical care areas generally corresponding to casual, external and internal contact procedures respectively.

Risk classified patient rooms may contain at least one housekeeping or convenience outlet in addition to the patient care outlets. Housekeeping/ convenience outlets do not require testing.

The testing procedures are not to be considered as part of the installation process but rather the basic purpose is to ensure the performance of the system with all components in their proper place physically and electrically. The tests are performed only after the electrical contractor/electrician have achieved a fully operational system and have provided us with (and all devices are installed, all wiring terminated, circuits are energized, panel directories installed, and as-built drawings complete) will be provide as-built drawings to the testing personnel prior to start of the work (electronic & paper copies).