WHAT IS TAGGING?
Electrical Testing and Tagging is a safety inspection of electrical appliances to ensure that equipment when passed is safe for use and compliant with WH&S 2012 regulations.
To minimize risk and protect against potential electrical hazards, all electrical appliances should be regularly inspected, tested and maintained.
TO PROTECT AGAINST ELECTRICAL SHOCK, ELECTRICAL FAULTS AND FIRES.
Because electricity has great potential to seriously injure and kill. All employers are required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and WorkCover NSW Legislation, to provide safe working equipment and a safe work environment.
In order to provide a safe workplace, minimise risks and protect employees and visitors against potential injury, regular Testing and Tagging of all electrical equipment is recommended.
WHO NEEDS TO TAG?
All Employers and Business Owners have a duty of care to ensure that employees and visitors to their workplace are safe from injury and health risks. Employers must Test and Tag in accordance with their specific Industry WH&S 2012 guidelines.
According to WH&S 2012 guidelines “All PCBU (Person conducting a Business or Undertaking) have the primary duty under the WH&S Act 2012 to ensure, that workers and other persons at the workplace are not exposed to electrical risks arising from the business or undertaking.”
All Business Owners must ensure that any risk of injury from electricity at a workplace is eliminated or controlled and minimised. Electrical equipment must be safe for use and testing of this equipment should be carried out at regular intervals in order to minimise risks and protect employees and visitors against potential injury.
In order for employers to fulfil their obligations employers should test equipment at regular prescribed intervals and keep an Asset Register as a record of these inspections.
HOW OFTEN DO WE HAVE TO TAG?
EMPLOYERS MUST TEST AND TAG TO SPECIFIC INDUSTRY TIME FRAME GUIDELINES.
According to guidelines, testing should be carried out every:
- 1 month–5 years
Varying time frames depend on the:
- Type of Industry
- Environment of use
- Type of Equipment
- Class of equipment
FOR ALL INDUSTRIES, AN ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT RISK ASSESSMENT MUST BE CONDUCTED REGULARLY TO DETERMINE THE ENVIRONMENT OF USE AND THE APPROPRIATE FREQUENCY OF TESTING REQUIRED.
For further information see WorkCover publications: “Electrical Equipment risk assessment” “Frequency of Inspection and Testing recommended by Australian Standard AS/NZ3760” “Managing Electrical Risks at the Workplace” at WorkCover Authority of New South Wales www.workcover.nsw.gov.au
WHAT TESTS ARE CARRIED OUT?
All testing is carried out as follows: Our Technicians conduct a thorough VISUAL INSPECTION to ensure the integrity of the appliance.
Our calibrated Testing equipment tests for:
- EARTH CONTINUITY/EARTH BOND
- INSULATION RESISTANCE
- TRIP TIMES ON RCD UNITS
WHAT DO WE TEST & TAG?
Alltest test all electrical appliances, from sensitive office equipment to heavy duty industrial machinery across all industries.
WHAT IS AN ASSET REGISTER?
An Asset Register is a record of inspection. It is a report logging the test results of all Electrical Equipment tested. This report states the make and model of the appliance, the test date, pass/fail status, re-test date and appliance ID number.
THE ASSET REGISTER SHOULD BE KEPT ON SITE AND BE AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT THAT WORKCOVER AUTHORITIES CARRY OUT AN INSPECTION.
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