Generator Inspection Checklist

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Generator Inspection Checklist

By Generator Help Online

I have been servicing generators for over 40 years. The Generator Inspection Checklist I have created comes from customers who have been tagged for these same items as well as conversations I have had with fire marshals, health department officials, insurance adjusters, and Medicare/Medicaid staff.

Is your paperwork ready?

(Most paperwork should go back 2 years. The 4-hour load tests required every 3 years should have records going back past 2 tests, or 6 years.)

  • You should have an appropriate maintenance log. You can download my Inspection & Testing Log at: Download. It comes with written instructions.
    • Your log needs to include the inspections and tests that I have noted. I made videos about how to conduct these procedures. Go to the Weekly and Monthly videos. Pay particular attention to the 30-minute monthly load test. Keep these records for at least 2 years.
    • I can provide other forms. See here on this page Downloads
    • Have your policies available for generator malfunction—rental availability, refueling, issues with residents needing life support.
  • In addition, many surveyors are looking for:
    • Remote annunciator NFPA 110, 2010 edition, chapter 5.6.6
    • Generator work lights. NFPA 110, 2010 edition, chapter 7.3.1
    • 2 sets of manuals See NFPA 110, 2010 edition, chapter 8.2.1 (It is suggested one set of manuals and records be kept in the administrator’s office) Notes on 2 Sets of Manuals

Anything in any standard may be required at the discretion of the surveyor. The items I have listed here are most common. If anything, else comes, up contact me paul@generatorhelponline.com
Important note:     
Your surveyors have hundreds of standards that they need to follow including NFPA, ANSI, ASCE, ASSE, ASCE, ASI, ASTM, UL, and ICC. There is no way anyone can be up to speed on all of these. However, they all apply! This is why you hire an engineer. You pay the engineer to make sure you stay up to code. 

In my opinion, the issues listed above are the ones you are most likely to encounter.


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