Electrical Test and Tag North Brisbane & Sunshine Coast
Our widely trained and thoroughly qualified electricians can visually inspect your electrical appliances for any damage, as well as complete rigorous electrical testing utilising a Portable Appliance Tester. This guarantees your equipment remains in safe functioning order on all occasions. You’ll have peace of mind appreciating your equipment and appliances are working well, and your staff and customers are protected from electrical hazards.
What is Test & Tag?
Test and Tag is the title given to the method of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances.
It includes two parts: first, visually examining the appliance for any damage, ensued by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester.
Once tested and examined, the item is assigned with a tag to validate that it has, in fact, been tested, along with proving who tested it, the test date and when the following test is due.
The primary purpose behind testing and tagging is to assure the safety of the individuals in the workplace coming into contact with the appliances while also reducing the risk of an electrical shock.
The AS/NZS 3760 is the Australian Standard that implements guidelines and regulations for the test and tag industry with concerns to the electrical safety of appliances. It places out recommendations to test and tag intervals, determining who can test and tag and general guidelines.
Who needs to test and tag?
Industries including construction, demolition and mining are obligated to have their appliances tested and tagged each 3 months. This is because of the hard nature of the industry, which is likely to degrade equipment at a faster rate. For every 3 months of testing, the test and tag colours will vary for different points throughout the year, making specific months coincide with a particular test tag colour.
With the exclusion of these industries, testing and tagging is not a legislative necessity for other workplaces. Nevertheless, the employer does have a duty of care to assure the protection of its employees, meaning that if someone was injured from an appliance that wasn’t tested and unsafe, they could be found accountable. Because of this, it’s the employer’s obligation and responsibility to have all portable electrical appliances tested.
For individuals in the hire industry, there are some minimum requirements. For example, before equipment is rented out, the hirer must be visually inspected before each lease. The actual appliance must also be tested every 3 months, which is the hirer’s responsibility when they hold it.
What type of equipment is tested and tagged?
In summary, any device that has a flexible cable, a detachable plug and is not low voltage (not surpassing 50V). This covers extension leads, cord sets and portable RCD’s.
Commonly, electrical appliances can be classified as either:
- Class I – earthed appliances, i.e. kettles, toasters, irons etc
- Class II – this includes double insulated appliances, which are generally distinguished with a symbol (a square within a square) or with the terms’ Double Insulated,’ i.e. most electric tools (drills) and hair dryers.
- It’s worth stating that new equipment doesn’t require to be tested – just visually examined and tagged.
How often should appliances be tested and tagged?
The Australian Standards suggest particular test and tag frequencies based on the type of conditions the appliance remains in. This is displayed in the worksafe.qld.gov.au website here, which defines the minimum requirement. Sometimes, this might vary depending on a workplaces individual risk evaluation.
What is a Portable Appliance Tester
A portable appliance tester, also identified as a PAT Tester or PAT, is the main item of equipment used by anyone testing and tagging. It permits you to test an electrical appliance to warrant its safe, which does so by providing you results on whether it passed or failed your tests.
Our electricians use state of the art and up to date Test and Tag tools to ensure all of your electrical equipment and appliance are working correctly and are safe to use.
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