Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Generator load bank tests

By Brad Keyes / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
January 9, 2019

Q: Do generators for healthcare need to be load-bank tested annually if they meet the 30% nameplate load requirement during the monthly test?

A: No. Load bank testing is only required when any monthly load test fails to achieve 30% of the nameplate rating of the generator. Then, an annual load bank test is required of 50% load for 30 minutes and 75% load for 60 minutes. A 3-year 4-hour test is required where the load is a connected load from the facility and must reach a minimum of 30%. A supplemental load may be used if the connected load cannot reach 30%, but that is not the case for you.

Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner of KEYES Life Safety Compliance, and his expertise is in the management of the Life Safety Program, including the Environment of Care and Emergency Management programs.

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