FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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, In NSW, Commercial 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 of the switchboard however, You will lose power to the
whole circuit 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
Does having a tagged appliance mean it is in 100% working
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.
Why risk the safety of your staff, customers, business or yourself. Call us today to
organise a workplace inspection. Don’t wait till it’s too late!