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Tip of the week: Review generator test requirements under EC.7.40

Hospital Safety Insider, February 13, 2008

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To comply with Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) standard EC 7.40, hospitals need to have completed a four-hour generator test at some point within the past 36 months-and perform a similar generator run every 36 months thereafter. There are other testing provisions to consider, too.

EC.7.40 also requires the following:

  • Generator tests 12 times a year for 30 minutes that draw at least 30% nameplate, or energy capacity, of the equipment (if a generator doesn't hit 30%, the hospital may substitute a supplemental test at various nameplate ratings totaling two hours, as outlined in EC.7.40)
  • Automatic transfer switch tests 12 times a year



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