Electrical Testing And Tagging Adelaide
For electric testing tagging Adelaide businesses should be fully aware of all requirements as well as the penalties and potential problems with non-compliance.
The test and tag process involves several key steps to identify all electrical equipment and components in a facility and determine their level of risk for fires or electrical sparks. Far too often businesses fail to properly inspect their electrical machinery and the results can be devastating. Not only can there be loss of property but employees and other personnel are put at risk for losing their life.
The electric testing tagging Adelaide locations should utilize include several steps:
- Track and document all electrical items including socket outlets, machinery, appliances and other electrical components
- Test the electrical connection to make sure the current is running safely and smoothly
- Check cords and connections for any frayed wires or faulty connectors
- Look for situations that may cause damage to the electrical connection – this may include cords that are spread across doorways or traffic areas, water or chemicals near electrical items, excessive heat or vibrations from machinery, dust or any corrosive materials that could spill onto electrical components
- Tag the equipment indicating the date of testing, whether there are any issues, and when the next test should be performed
- Any equipment deemed unacceptable must be repaired or replaced immediately
Note that the testing and tagging process should be performed by a knowledgeable professional who is well versed with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760 . This professional will know how to properly perform the tests and can easily spot issues before they cause real problems. What may seem insignificant to an untrained eye could be an alert for someone who understands the hazards associated with electrical machinery.
For construction and manufacturing operations there are fairly frequent intervals to test and tag electrical equipment. The interval for construction is every three months while the interval for manufacturing every six months for items that are not double insulated. Service operations can have testing and tagging performed every 12 months while office intervals can be as long as every five years. Depending on your industry the interval can change, so it is important to consult with a professional to determine how often your business should conduct testing and tagging.
Falling out of compliance with the test and tag process can put your business at risk in several ways:
- Penalties and fines for non-compliance with Australian Standards
- Insurance penalties or increases in fees
- Risk for fire, property damage, or electrical injury
- Death from electrical fire or electrocution