IEM 38kV Switchgear Pre-approved by the State of California for Healthcare Facilities

Monday, January 06, 2014

Fremont, CA, January, 2014 – IEM, the largest independent full-line manufacturer of electrical and power quality equipment in the U.S., recently completed Special Seismic Certification pre-approval (OSP) of its equipment in 38kV NEMA 3R Outdoor Switchgear to comply with California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) earthquake certification requirements. The test report was reviewed by Forell/Elsesser Structural Engineering of San Francisco.

“We are pleased to have obtained OSHPD’s pre-approval (OSP) for IEM equipment in 38kV Switchgear as a continuous effort to add to our portfolio of pre-approved equipment.” said Ashok Kulkarni, Vice President of Engineering at IEM. “This certification and pre-approval exemplifies IEM’s commitment to test beyond accepted standards to deliver the most reliable electrical distribution products in the industry.”


About IEM

Headquartered in Fremont, CA, IEM is the largest independent full-line manufacturer of electrical distribution and power quality equipment in the U.S. For over half a century, IEM has delivered customer-specific solutions to meet the ever changing power requirements of growth industries in North America. At IEM, tradition and technology still drive innovation. An experienced engineering staff and one of the most flexible design and manufacturing systems in the industry set IEM apart from standard product manufacturers.


About OSHPD Certification

The purpose of OSHPD certification is to ensure that hospitals and other “Critical Care Units” in California will be able to continue functioning during and after an earthquake. The program covers all critical parts of a healthcare facility, including the building itself and its power systems, as well as electrical, mechanical and diagnostic equipment. The Facilities Development Division (FDD) established the Special Seismic Certification Preapproval (OSP) Program in 2009 in response to the overwhelming number of applications from thousands of healthcare facilities for OSHPD project approval.


About Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.

Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. is a 50 year old, San Francisco-based company providing structural engineering and consulting services to architects, contractors, developers, and suppliers for new construction and retro-fit projects.