Whether you are an employer or an owner of any house, safety should be your priority. Whether you run an office, shop, construction site or factory or own a place, you are required by law to ensure that your workplace and equipment are safe and without health risks. To ensure the safety of yourself and the people around you, that is where tests and tags are important.
What is test and tag?
Test and Tag is a way of minimizing electrical hazards to people in your house and workplace. It helps keep your staff and customers safe and reduces the risk of fines and even imprisonment of managers arising from breaches of electrical safety laws. Reeves Electrical is a leading service provider for test and tag in Melbourne. We offer a range of test and tag services for electrical equipment and safety appliances.
What are the dangers?
Employers are responsible for identifying any potential workplace risks associated with electrical equipment, assessing those risks and then taking measures to eliminate or control them. Dangers associated with electrical equipment include:
· Contact with exposed live parts, which may cause electric shock and burns.
· Equipment faults, which may cause fires and electric shock injury.
· Fire or explosion, where electricity could be the source of ignition.
What is required of you as an employer or an owner of a house?
The nationally accepted minimum standard for workplace safety around electrical equipment is Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3760. This standard requires that electrical equipment be regularly tested, and then fitted with a tag.
What equipment does it apply to?
The ANZ3760 standard applies to all plug-in or portable electrical equipment and appliances, as well as any machinery that is connected to a power supply by a flexible cord.
What is the test, and what is the tag?
Equipment can only be tagged as compliant once it has been subjected to the following tests or inspections: visual, earth continuity, insulation resistance, polarity and earth leakage.
Once it has been tested, a tag must be attached to each appliance that includes the item, date, identity of the person conducting the test, the test result and the required date for retesting.
How often must testing be done?
Retesting intervals generally vary from 3 months to 5 years, depending on the environment where the equipment is located. Equipment stored in hostile environments may be exposed to damage from moisture, heat, vibration or physical abuse, and thus require more frequent testing.
Who can test and tag?
The ANZ3760 standard says testing and tagging must be done by a competent person. While the person does not have to be a licensed electrician if they can demonstrate other relevant qualifications and skills, it is always safer to use a qualified electrician with expertise in this area.
Contact Melbourne’s test and tag experts:
Reeves’ electricians are licensed and fully qualified to provide a test and tag Melbourne service. We use specialized instruments to test for invisible electrical faults, as well as complete thorough, professional inspections of equipment. Our electricians can carry out repairs on a range of electrical appliances, and we can plan and coordinate all your testing and tagging for you. Scheduled maintenance can be arranged to ensure your electrical equipment is always safety compliant. No matter where you are in the greater Melbourne area, there’s an ITA electrician near you.