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Testing & Tagging Equipment

Why should I test and tag my electrical equipment?
In the interest of occupational health and safety, well planned program of preventive maintenance on all electrical equipment is required to avoid unnecessary and unfortunate accidents.

By law, any appliance within a business that has a flexible cord that plugs into either a 240 v power outlet or 3 phase power outlet must be tested regularly to ensure that the appliance is electrically safe.

How often must equipment be tested?
Every work situation is different and the frequency of testing depends on the harshness of the environment.  In harsh environments, appliances may need to be retested in as little as 3 months.  However, if the surrounding environments less detrimental to the appliance itself, retest dates may extend to a period of anywhere up to 5 years.  Australian Standards AS3760 clearly outline how often portable appliances in different workplace environments must be tested.

What is involved in testing and tagging?
The process of testing appliances involves a visual inspection of the device, especially leads.  Cords should be firmly anchored in plugs; connections made solidly with no frayed ends and terminals should be clean and not pitted.  The appliance is then tested with a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) to test for any unseen electrical faults. 

Upon test completion, a relevant industry standard tag is applied to the appliance verifying its compliance.

Failed equipment is taken out of service immediately and either repaired or replaced.