The inspection, testing and tagging of electrical equipment and appliances in your workplace
We all know that electricity can be dangerous, so testing and tagging can help in preventing these hazards from occurring. It is a prevented step we can take to protect our employees, clients and ourselves against a fire and potential electrocution from faulty equipment within a work place or commercial building.
What is Testing and Tagging
Testing and tagging is the process of checking portable electrical equipment and appliances. The testing is carried out by a competent person, they visually inspect the piece of equipment/appliance for any damage before they complete the testing, using a portable appliance tester. Once the equipment has passed the test, it is tagged with the date, who by and the next inspection due date. A record of the testing must be kept until the electrical equipment is next tested, permanently removed from the workplace or disposed of. Sunstone Electrical and Data can provide an electronic log of all the appliances that have tested and tagged.
- A visual inspection is carried out for the equipment, during this time, most defects can be seen.
- The purpose of testing is to detect any faults that can not be seen by the initial visual inspection.
- The purpose of tagging the equipment is to make it easy to identify and have visual evidence that the appliance or equipment is safe to use.
- Once the inspection has been completed, a comprehensive report will be created and provided that confirms that the equipment has meet the requirements outlined by the Australian standards.
Why do I need to test and tag my equipment?
The main and most important reason we complete testing and tagging is to ensure that all equipment in a workplace is safe for those employees who use them. This process will minimise the risk of an electrical hazard or fault from happening if you regularly maintenance your equipment.
What equipment should be tested and tagged?
Any equipment or appliance that is portable and has a flexible cable, on site at your workplace and is located up to 2.5 metres from ground level, at the time of the routine testing should be tested. All areas of the workplace where the equipment is located will need to be accessible to complete the testing successfully.
- Extension cords
- Power boards
- Portable air conditioners
- Desk lamps
- Vacuum cleaners
- 3 phase electrical equipment
- Kitchen appliances, dishwasher, kettles toasters, etc
- Telephone and mobile phone charging stations.
What are the different classes of equipment?
There are two classes that are referred to which the standards AS/NZS 3760. These are Class I and Class II.
Class I is equipment which as an earthed pin located in the plug. E.g. kettles, toaster.
Class II is double insulations with NO protective earthing conductor and will not have an earth pin in the plug. E.g. electric drills and hair dryers.
How often should I be testing and tagging?
The Australian Standards recommend that tag and testing frequency is based on the type of environment in which the appliances and equipment is located. Construction, demolition, and mining are required to complete their testing every 3 months. Whereas the average office or commercial building may only require every 6 months based on AS 3760.
What is an RCD and does this require tagging?
A Residual Current Device (RCD) is an electrical safety device which is designed to monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and detect any disruptions in the flow. The RCD will immediately shut off the power if any risk is detected. RCD’S can often be refereed to as safety switches and are included in the tagging and testing of the other equipment, under the Australian standards legislation. If the RCD is not a push button system, this must be tested by a licence electrician manually.
What is a competent person?
The Australian standard requires testing to be completed by a competent person. This person should have completed the necessary practical and theory course required, which can be acquired though a training company.
Should 2nd hand equipment be tested?
There are obligations associated with selling and buying second hand electrical equipment and it should be tested before using in your workplace.
What happens if the equipment fails the test?
When Sunstone Electrical have completed their testing tagging, and identified which equipment has failed to comply with the criteria of the standards, the equipment must be withdrawn from use, and a label is place on the equipment or appliance to indicate that the equipment required repairs before it can be used again. A quote can be provided to repair the equipment or disposal of the appliance is required. Failed equipment will always be reported to the contact person on duty when the inspection has concluded.
Hiring equipment in a workplace
All equipment must be tested prior to being hired out within a 3-month period. Once the equipment is hired, it then becomes the responsibility of the person leasing the equipment to ensure it is tagged and testing in accordance with the Australian Standards.
How Sunstone Electrical can help
Sunstone Electrical and Data offer a range of services by fully licensed Electricians, with over 15 years of experience. We have the skills, knowledge and expertise to complete electrical and data work in the commercial and residential sectors. All equipment is tested and tagged to Australian Standards AS.NZS3760, and we can assist in the repairing of any faulty equipment whilst we are on site. We would be happy to help with your next routine inspection of the electrical equipment in your workplace, call our team on 0439 856 898 or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch.