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The checklist below lists the risks your company could be facing if it were to be struck by a power failure. The list can help you prepare for such an event by taking appropriate action to ensure that you and your organisation are inconvenienced as little as possible in the event of a power failure. If you are unable to answer any of the questions below, it would be a good idea to ask around in your company.

Does your company have an emergency plan?

In other words, does every person in the company know what to do in the event of an emergency? If so, does the plan contain specific procedures regarding a power failure?

What are the most important power-dependent processes within your company?

These could include such aspects as:

  • cooling
  • computer systems
  • data traffic
  • water pressure system
  • lighting
  • temperature control
  • air quality
  • applications

In a healthcare environment, think of intensive care units, geriatric sections and paediatric wards. It is always a good strategy to be clear in your mind about the main priorities in your facility.

How much power do these processes require?
If a power failure occurs, who should you contact?

If a power failure occurs and you want to keep your main processes going, you will probably have to make emergency arrangements, for example by installing a generator. Most generators are driven by a diesel engine. Depending on your risk profile, you can choose from a selection of different options. Hospitals and airports tend to opt for managing their own emergency power systems. To calculate the amount of power your generator should be able to supply, you need to find out what your operating voltage is and how much current is drawn by the most important power-dependent processes within your business.

How long can your business do without power before this results in permanent damage?

Consider such factors as actually running your business, environmental effects, social responsibilities and possible consequences for the direct vicinity.

Have you already installed an emergency power system?

If so, how often does it get tested? Genpower will be happy to inform you about testing intervals for emergency power systems. If you do not have your own emergency power system, now is the time to call us to arrange one, temporary or permanent. When the time comes, you may find you've left it too late. We can offer contracts to guarantee rapid delivery of an emergency power system should you ever need one. Please contact us to find out more about the solutions we can offer.
Perhaps the building you occupy also accommodates other activities such as shops, other commercial premises or healthcare branches. Are you aware of the other occupants' preferences regarding an emergency power supply?

Are your business processes safeguarded by process monitoring?

Given the vital importance of some business processes, many businesses opt for built-in checks and safeties that give warning if a process fails to run as it should. It would be a good idea to find out how such safety systems handle a power failure.

What about the physical security of your premises in the event of a power failure?

Most large business sites are secured by means of barriers, cameras and various other kinds of electronic surveillance. How will these systems continue to operate in the event of a power failure?

How will you communicate with visitors on your premises in the event of a power failure?

Can the building be evacuated?
If the power goes, electrically operated doors and lifts will no longer be working. Will everybody inside be able to leave the building?

Have you got an evacuation plan?

How often does it get tested?

Has the building been fitted with an emergency lighting system?

In the event of a blackout, industrial environments can become a source of danger. It might be sensible to install an emergency lighting system operated from a separate power supply.

If your activities include agriculture or market gardening:

Growing your crops takes electricity. You should draw up a list of the primary conditions required by your crops, and the role electricity plays in maintaining them, e.g. light, temperature, humidity, irrigation, air quality, etc.

If your activities include keeping cattle:

The extent to which your business depends on electric power is closely related to the seasons. It goes without saying that with your cattle penned up you rely much more on electricity than you need to do at the height of summer, but even when it's warm outside a power failure can cause considerable problems. Cows need to be milked, automatic feeding systems need to be run, or perhaps your farm uses an automatic slurry disposal system. Draw up a list of the most important processes in your operation and the role electricity plays in keeping them going, e.g. light, installations (milking, feeding, slurry disposal, drinking water, fuel), temperature, air quality/ventilation, CCTV monitoring, etc.