DGUV3 safety testing for charging points

The electromobility charging infrastructure is a part of the energy and electrical equipment. Energy systems need to be safe both during construction and operation.

DGUV3 safety testing for charging points

Operation also includes expansion, modification and maintenance. In this context, the rules are considered complied with in the eyes of the legislator if the technical rules of the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies are complied with. In this sense, complying with the standards is of great importance for safety and functionality, but also for safeguarding yourself for litigation.

This means that charging stations for electric vehicles need to be inspected and monitored regularly. The exact nature of these tests or inspections and the periods within which they must take place are stipulated in the standards, the installation and manufacturer’s instructions, and, depending on the location and type of use, the legal requirements (e.g. the German Occupation Health and Safety Act and Occupational Safety Regulations) as well as the accident prevention regulations of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) Regulation 3.

The pertinent requirements regarding accident insurance of DGUV Regulation 3 stipulate that only qualified electricians according to DIN VDE 1000-10 (VDE 1000-10):2009-01 may be entrusted with such tasks. If the electrician detects a defect, i.e. the device no longer complies with the technical rules, the operator is required to arrange for the removal of such defect without delay.

According to DGUV Regulation 3DA, charging points for electric cars are stationary electrical systems and operating equipment and are thus subject to the legally prescribed inspections and inspection periods.

According to DGUV Regulation 3DA, charging points for electric cars are stationary electrical systems and operating equipment and are thus subject to the legally prescribed inspections and inspection periods. Nevertheless, there are no rigidly prescribed inspection periods. They are rather to be determined in the context of a risk assessment and set down in writing. Electrical systems and stationary operating equipment need to be inspected at least every four years by a “person authorized to carry out inspections according to TRBS 1203” to make sure that they are in perfect working order.

If these are installed in operating premises or rooms and facilities of a special, particular kind, they must be inspected annually. Residual current operated circuit breakers in stationary systems must be checked by the user every six months for their correct functioning by pressing the test button. This results in an annual inspection period for the charging station. The operator is responsible to comply with these requirements and must also provide proof. These tests and inspections can also be carried out by DEKRA.

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Michael Ringleb

Michael Ringleb

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