Depending on the type of work that is carried out with the electrical equipment, the requirements for inspecting and testing differ. This article will contain the suggested intervals for testing and tagging as well as answering some commonly asked questions about test and tag.
What is involved in testing tagging?
A qualified electrician will come to your workplace at a time that is convenient for you. Each appliance is disconnected from the power and then visually inspected. This includes examining the plug, the flexible cord and the cord strain reliefs. Depending on the type of appliance, we then use electrical testing instruments to test for invisible flaws such as broken earth connection or flawed insulation.
Once the appliance passes the tests a record is made in the Appliance Test Log database and a compliance tag bearing information about the date of testing is affixed to the cord.
After the completion of testing at your workplace we will issue you with a copy of the Appliance Test Log for your OHS Risk Management records.
How Long Does it Take to Test and Tag an Appliance?
The time taken to test each device is varied, however as a rough guide we find that 15 appliances can be properly tested by one technician in one hour.
How Often is an Appliance faulty?
About 2% of all items tested are faulty. Many of these faulty items have the potential to cause electrocution or electrical fire. We find that tidy office spaces usually have less faulty equipment than workshops or building sites. This is why the inspection periods vary.
What happens when an appliance is found faulty?
A DANGER tag will be applied to the faulty appliance. Meaning the appliance has failed testing and must be either repaired or replaced before reintroduction to the workplace. They are highly dangerous and should not be used under any circumstances.
What types of electrical appliances require testing?
Any appliance that is plugged into a power point.
For example, the following items require testing and tagging:-
- Vacuum cleaners
- Power leads
- Audio/visual equipment
- Kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters
- Extension cords
- Power tools
If you are unsure if your appliance needs testing, call a master electrician in Kiama now.