If your company uses any kind of electrical equipment, you need to have it tested and tagged regularly to ensure safety on the premises. Without regular testing, you have no idea if a piece of equipment is safe for your employees or customers. The last thing you want for your company is to deal with live extension leads and power boards because you neglected to have a test and tag. This electrical inspection is crucial because every workplace generally has at least one electrical item that fails the testing.
What is electrical testing and tagging?
Testing and tagging is an industry term for checking the condition of the appliances in a company and to guarantee its safety in compliance with the Australian Standard. When a testing and tagging company conducts this inspection, the process typically includes:
- Inspecting an electrical item visually
- Testing the insulation resistance of the item
- Checking for and powering up for earth leakage
- Testing for polarity to make sure the leads are connected correctly
- Testing for earth resistance as well as earth bond to find out if the electrical item can handle a fault.
After the testing, the specialists will tag the item with a label, indicating the information regarding the testing. These details should be recorded into an asset register, recording all of the details of the testing for all the items of electrical equipment in the business premises. If an item is faulty, the testing and tagging company will also put a record of the action taken, whether to repair or dispose of the item.
If you test and tag your electrical equipment regularly, you are ensuring that all the equipment is safe for use by your employees and for everyone who enters the building.
How often do you need to do it?
The purpose of the electrical equipment determines how often it needs testing and tagging. A piece of electrical equipment that receives heavy wear, and is subject to disconnection and reconnection daily should be tested more frequently compared to an item that stays plugged in and attached to a safety switch consistently.
For office work, that equipment has to be tested every year. But for demolition, construction, and mining, they must be tested at least every three months. Any item, including the ones that employees bring from home for use at the workplace, needs to undergo testing and tagging. If you need to plug it to use it, it has to be tested.
Where can you have it done?
It is best to call a reputable testing and tagging company that has experienced and qualified electrical contractors in their team. These professionals will set up a schedule to go through your business, testing all electrical items for you, recording the details of the procedure, attaching legally compliant tags, and so on.
They will help you create a clear paper trail, showing your compliance with all legal requirements regarding electrical testing. Also, they will remind you when your business needs re-testing.
The main reason behind electrical testing and tagging is to make certain that everyone who comes in contact with an appliance is safe. As a business owner, among your duties and responsibilities is to ensure the safety of your employees while at work. This will also lessen the risk of an electrical failure, avoiding accidents and liabilities at the same time.