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Test and Tag Central Coast NSW – Test and Tag Electrical Equipment Guidelines

Electrical equipment and appliances are used in almost all types of business theses such ovens, heaters, and electric kettles. These appliances are susceptible to errors and can malfunction after years of wear and tear. This is the reason why test and tag are required under Australian Workplace Safety Standards.

Frequency of testing
The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment, its usage, and the working environment. The goal of testing and tagging is to ensure that electrical equipment is safe for use and that the risk of electrical hazards is minimized. Here are some general guidelines for the frequency of testing and tagging:

  1. Hire Equipment, Construction, Building & Demolition is every 3 months.
  2. Warehouses, Factories, Cleaning items or similar are every 6 months.
  3. Offices are 12-5 years depending on the appliance & the environment of that appliance.
  4. Portable RCDs: Portable RCDs (Residual Current Devices) vary depending on the environment & location & the type of RCD it is.

Test and Tag Central Coast Testing procedures

The testing procedures for electrical equipment involve both visual inspections and electrical tests. The visual inspection involves looking for any signs of damage, such as frayed cords or broken plugs. In this process, technicians will identify any visible damage, wear, or defects that could compromise its safety. Part of the process includes unplugging the equipment, examining the power cord, checking the body of the equipment, inspecting buttons and switches, and recording inspection results.

Electrical tests involve checking the equipment’s insulation and the resistance of its earth connection. It uses specialize equipment to check electrical circuits, components, and connections of equipment. Another type of electrical test is called insulation resistance test. This test is used to measure the resistance of the electrical insulation between conductive parts and the earth. The test involves applying a high voltage to the insulation and measuring the current that flows to determine the level of insulation resistance.

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Testing equipment

The testing equipment used should be properly calibrated and maintained to ensure accurate and reliable results. The testing equipment should also be able to test a range of different types of electrical equipment.
Tagging requirements: Once electrical equipment has been tested and deemed safe to use, it must be tagged with a label or tag that indicates the date of the test, the date of the next test, and the name of the person or company that performed the test.
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Record keeping

It is important to keep accurate records of all test and tag services that are performed. These records should include the equipment tested, the date of the test, the results of the test, and any repairs or maintenance that were performed. By maintaining accurate records, they can demonstrate compliance with regulations and provide evidence of the steps they have taken to ensure electrical safety.
Moreover, having a record of test and tag schedules will help businesses in case of liabilities. For instance, in the even of electrical accident or injury, you can show your record as proof for workplace safety compliance. It demonstrates that reasonable steps were taken to prevent the accident or injury.
Accurate record-keeping can also help businesses and individuals to efficiently manage their electrical equipment. By maintaining a complete inventory of their equipment and its testing history, they can easily track and schedule testing and maintenance tasks, reducing the risk of equipment failure or downtime.

Qualifications of Test & Tag Techncian

Test and tag services should only be performed by qualified and competent technicians who have the necessary skills and training to perform the tests safely and accurately.

  1. Electrical knowledge and experience: Test and tag technicians must have a sound understanding of electrical systems and equipment, including electrical hazards, protective devices, and testing procedures. It is good to find someone with a background in electrical engineering or a related field, or they may have completed an apprenticeship in electrical work.
  2. Certification: To perform testing and tagging in Australia, technicians must hold a valid certification or license, such as a Certificate III in Electrotechnology or a Statement of Attainment in Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment.
  3. Training: Test and tag technicians must have completed a training course in testing and tagging, which covers the relevant testing procedures and regulations, and provides practical experience in testing a range of different types of electrical equipment. The training must be conducted by a registered training organization (RTO) that is recognized by the relevant state or territory.
  4. Continuing professional development: To maintain their competency and knowledge, test and tag technicians must undertake ongoing professional development, which may include attending training courses, workshops, and industry events. Most test and tag companies provide this benefit to their technicians.
  5. Insurance: Electricians conducting test and tag must have the appropriate insurance coverage, such as public liability insurance, to protect themselves and their clients against any damages or injuries that may occur during the testing and tagging process.

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