Electrical Test and Tag in Sydney

What Is Electrical Test And Tag?

The process of Electrical Test and Tag consists of two primary steps: initially, visually examining the appliance for any signs of damage, followed by conducting electrical testing using a Portable Appliance Tester.

Upon completion of the testing, the item is labelled with a tag to verify that it has undergone testing. This tag includes details such as the tester’s identity, the test date, and the next scheduled test date.

What type of equipment is tested and tagged?

  • Class I – this is an earthed appliance i.e. kettles, irons and toasters
  • Class II – double insulated appliances, which are usually identified with a symbol (a square within a square) or with the words ‘Double Insulated’ i.e. most electric drills and hair dryers.
  • Lead – these are normally extension leads, IEC leads and figure 8 leads.
  • RCD – Fixed RCDS and portable RCDS normally used on construction sites.
  • 3 PHASE – Mostly found in industrial and commercial buildings and warehouses.

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Why You Should Test and Tag Your Equipment

  • Proper test and tag in Sydney can help maintain the features and functionalities of all portable electrical appliances, which supports personal and equipment safety.
  • If you have sensitive electronic devices, like printers, computers, and audio-visual devices, you need to protect them from any electrical-related problems, like power surges.
  • By testing and tagging your electronic devices, you can significantly prevent accidents and save money from having to buy new ones to replace those that are damaged beyond repair.
  • Companies that use regular testing and tagging services comply with the safety standards for Australia. In the event, an accident should occur and the employer can show compliance with these safety standards, he or she may be able to avoid strong fines or even imprisonment; both of which are results of breaching safety laws set by a state or territory.
  • Insurance companies will not cover you if there is a fire due to electrical equipment not being tested and tagged regularly.

At Safe Fire And Electrical Test & Tag, we review your electrical equipment to make sure it’s in safe working order and in line with OH&S requirements.

How often does electrical tagging need to be done?

All testing and tagging of electrical equipment, including RCD’s (safety switch), must be undertaken by a competent person at least every 12 months. Different intervals apply for different industries.

 

Who needs to test and tag?

  • Industries such as construction, demolition, and mining are required to have their appliances tested and tagged every 3 months. This is because of the rusty nature of the industry which is likely to damage equipment at a faster rate.
  • Except for these industries, testing and tagging are no legislative requirements for other workplaces. Still, the employer does have a duty of care to ensure the safety of its workers, meaning that if someone was hurt from an appliance that wasn’t tested and risky, they could be found liable. Because of this, it’s the employer’s responsibility to have all portable electrical appliances tested.
  • For people in the hire industry, there are some minimum requirements. For instance, before equipment is hired out it needs to be visually inspected by the hirer before every lease. The actual appliance needs to be tested also every 3 months, which is the hirer’s responsibility when they have ownership of it.

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What is RCD testing & Do I Need It?

RCD testing is the process of safely “tripping” your RCD to ensure it will operate instantly should there be an electrical incident. This is also known as safety switch testing. Your RCD is designed to trip or switch off all the power to that circuit. The quicker an RCD trips, the smaller the electric shock sustained by an individual. Yes, your RCD needs to be tested and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 3760:2010 to ensure that it will respond in a fault situation and that it will also respond within the required time frame. Should it not trip in the required time, a fatal and extensive electric shock may be delivered.