LOAD TESTING &
Ensuring Roof Top Equipment Meets All Safety Regulations and Standards
As building owners and property managers have become increasingly aware of the importance of maintaining their existing roof top equipment (window cleaning), the frequency and way the equipment is tested has been the subject of much discussion. Below is a brief overview of the load testing requirements to help clarify any questions that you may have about this procedure.
Performing load tests is dependent upon several factors. Below are some common examples of why a load test would be required:
- If original documents and calculations of the equipment are not readily available (installation, design, age, and inspection results)
- If the window cleaning or facade access equipment is deemed deficient by the inspector or engineer of record (repair or replacement might be needed)
- Any modification to existing or new equipment added to the building will require inspecting and load testing
- Should an inspector or engineer find the condition of any window cleaning equipment questionable or damaged, a testing program will be needed to determine if moderate or extensive testing is needed depending on the specific condition
- The frequency of performing load testing on appropriately designed roof top equipment systems is at the discretion of the inspector or engineer of record. It is typical to have equipment tested every ten (10) years depending on the equipment type and documentation provided by the building (Source: CAL-OSHA Article 6, Section 3296).
Load Test Certification and Oversight
Load Testing Equipment makes everyone think twice about the equipment design and intent for use by putting the installation through operation and confirming all the equipment is functioning as intended.
FEIS provides load testing services that include detailed testing protocols prescribed by our engineer of record (EOR), which is required by code (CAL OSHA Article 6, Section 3296) Our professional load test certification report and results will allow you to provide written assurance to the operators and vendors of your roof top equipment that it meets all safety regulations and standards.
In addition, FEIS provides professional oversight to ensure that the load tests are administered and documented properly for your building’s records. This oversight ensures compliance with relevant safety standards and regulations, offering peace of mind and legal protection.
Lastly, our custom load testing prescriptions include detailed instructions which determine the way each element of the equipment shall be tested and documented. All of our documents are stamped by a professional EOR (engineer of record) licensed by the state of California, ensuring compliance and certification are up to state and federal standards.
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