lightning conductor testing

Posted by kev dand on Sunday, January 27, 2013

It is a British and European Standards requirement that all lightning protection systems are tested and inspected annually. The Standard (BS EN 62305-1:2006 Protection against Lightning: General Principles) states that "tests should be repeated at fixed intervals, preferably not exceeding 12 months; it may be advantageous to choose a period slightly shorter than 12 months in order to vary the seasons in which tests are made". This advice is given because earth resistance readings do not simply increase annually, they will invariably rise in summer months as the sub-strata (earth) dries out.

In addition to checking the earth resistance it is also important for a fully qualified Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) registered lightning conductor engineer to check that all joints and bonds are not corroded and still have electrical continuity.

It would be advisable for those commissioning this work to ask to see the engineer's ‘CSCS Card' as this is proof of qualification. The CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Card will feature his or her photograph and CITB registration number. Engineers should not be allowed on any construction site without this card.

The annual testing of lightning protection systems is very important.  An air termination rod is a ‘capture mechanism' so if there was a lightning strike or static electricity in the vicinity of a poorly maintained system or a defective earth installation this could result in devastating effects for the building and its contents. 

Poor joints or high earth resistance readings can result in ‘flashover' to other metals within or on the structure. This can even take place without a direct strike - all lightning conductors pick up static even if a storm is four miles distant.  It is therefore sensible to ensure that all metal bell frames and other metal objects close to the structure are bonded to the lightning conductor system to prevent flashover taking place.


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lightning conductor testing

Posted by kev dand on Sunday, January 27, 2013

It is a British and European Standards requirement that all lightning protection systems are tested and inspected annually. The Standard (BS EN 62305-1:2006 Protection against Lightning: General Principles) states that "tests should be repeated at fixed intervals, preferably not exceeding 12 months; it may be advantageous to choose a period slightly shorter than 12 months in order to vary the seasons in which tests are made". This advice is given because earth resistance readings do not simply increase annually, they will invariably rise in summer months as the sub-strata (earth) dries out.

In addition to checking the earth resistance it is also important for a fully qualified Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) registered lightning conductor engineer to check that all joints and bonds are not corroded and still have electrical continuity.

It would be advisable for those commissioning this work to ask to see the engineer's ‘CSCS Card' as this is proof of qualification. The CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Card will feature his or her photograph and CITB registration number. Engineers should not be allowed on any construction site without this card.

The annual testing of lightning protection systems is very important.  An air termination rod is a ‘capture mechanism' so if there was a lightning strike or static electricity in the vicinity of a poorly maintained system or a defective earth installation this could result in devastating effects for the building and its contents. 

Poor joints or high earth resistance readings can result in ‘flashover' to other metals within or on the structure. This can even take place without a direct strike - all lightning conductors pick up static even if a storm is four miles distant.  It is therefore sensible to ensure that all metal bell frames and other metal objects close to the structure are bonded to the lightning conductor system to prevent flashover taking place.


Tags: lightning protection services  lightning conductor testing