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What needs to be tested? The easiest way to explain this would be to say anything that can be plugged in to a powerpoint will need to be tested and tagged. If you have any questions please email us for more info. What if my equipment is brand new? If your equipment is brand new (NOT Second hand) we can either put a “New To Service” tag to the lead and have it tested & tagged at the next interval or you can have it tested first. Just because an item is new does not guarantee that it is free from faults, Especially as equipment is quite often made by companies trying to make the equipment as cheap as possible. Some new leads and equipment etc have been found to be incorrectly wired, unearthed, and electrically unsafe. How often does my equipment need test tagging? The testing intervals between tests depend on a number of factors including the class of the equipment AND environment that it is operated in. Intervals typically ranges from 3 to 12 months, Construction sites are monthly inspections, With some intervals in well maintained offices etc going up to 5 years. We can assist you in determining what intervals are required for your appliances. What happens if the item fails? If your equipment fails either the visual inspection OR the electrical test it must be removed from service and tagged with a “DANGER DO NOT USE” or “OUT OF SERVICE”  tag. It is then to be sent for repair or disposal but can not be returned to service until the issue is resolved. The item must be tested and tagged upon return to service after repair. What happens if I lose my report? You need to keep a log of tests performed on the appliances on-site. If you lose these reports you can order another one from us as we will also keep these on file for you. Or if you wish, you can also order spare copies. The log must be kept for at least 7 years OR for the life of the equipment, Whichever is the greater. Will I lose power while testing? In order to test the appliance it must be unplugged. So you will lose power to that appliance for the test. But it is only for a short period of time. With RCD (Residual Current Device) Testing on the switchboard however, You will lose power to the whole circuit at least twice While the test is performed. But the RCD testing only takes a short moment to complete. What if it is my employee’s own personal equipment? If your employees use their own personal appliances in your business or on your premises they also need to be tested and tagged as you can still be held liable for these items. Does having a tagged appliance mean it is in 100%  working order? No. Having your equipment tested and tagged means that the equipment has passed the visual and electrical test and does not in anyway mean that it is or is not operating to manufacturers specifications. It does however mean that the equipment is electrically safe. Is it enough to have current test tags affixed to equipment? Testing and tagging alone is not enough. A log of the equipment and test results should be kept on-site. We also will keep these on file for you if you happen to lose the report you can order another copy from us. Logs must be kept for at least 7 years OR for the life of the equipment, Whichever is the greater. Also your items should be regularly inspected for signs of damage or faults. any found issues should be reported to your site / office safety officer. What about if I buy an item second hand? If you buy a second hand item it must be tested and tagged before it is used. Just because it may look in good order does not mean that there is no electrical risk. What do I need to comply? By law your business is required to meet and comply with current safety standards, and the easiest way to meet this standard is to have your equipment and appliances tested and tagged to the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 3760:2010) which forms the basis of testing, identifying and removal of electrical hazards as required by Work Cover. As of 1st Jan 2013, ALL power outlets supplying power to hand held appliances, appliances that are moved whilstin use MUST be protected by a MAINTAINED RCD device. What happens if I do not comply? If you do not comply you run the risk of being found negligent if an accident is the result of an unsafe electrical device. Also a failure to comply with Occupational Health & Safety legislation can provide an opportunity for your insurance company to refuse a claim if you have a fire or workplace injury. Not to mention the fines and possible imprisonment. And if you’re not compliant, You’re not insured.
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