Frequency Of Testing And Tagging

Frequency Of Testing And Tagging Australian EstablishmentsTesting and tagging your electrical equipment is highly important to ensure safety within your residential and commercial establishments. But doing this just once may not be enough. To guarantee optimal safety and the efficiency of your devices, it is highly required that you get them tested and tagged according to the AS/NZS 3760:2010 standard.

What does the Australian standard say about the frequency of testing and tagging? How frequent should we test and tag? These are some of the most common questions every homeowner has over this matter. This article will answer those questions and help you understand more about it.

The frequency of retests is normally dependent on the kind of environment your appliance is located. Your area will most likely have different environments and risk factors associated with it. The more unsafe the environment is, the more frequent it will be to retest the appliance since they are much prone to damage.

One place has different associated risk factors from the other. For example, a single establishment consists of a number of areas and rooms such a kitchen, bathrooms, office and warehouse. Appliances located in the kitchen and the bathrooms will have different retest periods from those in the office or in the warehouse.

When it’s time for you to retest your equipment, always make sure that you only seek the services of a competent test and tag expert around your area such as ACE Sydney Electricians. Our experts will assist in you meeting all electrical safety standards and requirements in Australia. Below is a list of different environments and the frequency of testing and tagging the appliances located in each area.

Construction Site
Hire equipment including tools, power boards, chargers, RCD’s, leads and power packs used in construction or building sites are to be tested and tagged every 3 months.

Factories or Manufacturing Site
Equipment and appliances inside factories as well as assembly, repair, fabrication and maintenance areas should undergo testing and tagging at 6 monthly intervals. But if these equipment are double insulated, the test and tag period can be lengthened to 12 months.

Service Areas
In areas where appliances and supply flexible cords are subjected to constant flexing or if they’re located in a hostile environment such as schools and staff rooms, they must be tested and tagged at least once a year. This includes devices that are placed on the floor which are prone to malfunction.

Residential areas, motels, rest homes and hotels
Homeowners don’t need frequent testing and tagging services. You can test and tag your home appliances at least twice a year. With appliances that you don’t use regularly it could take longer.

Devices which are connected to a safety switch inside the office are recommended to be inspected and tagged at 5 years interval. If you have protected appliances which are securely attached to one place and the supply cord is not normally flexed, they can also be tested every 5 years.

Amusement Areas
Amusement devices and rides in amusement parks should be inspected and tested after every onsite assembly to ensure maximum safety and security. If after six months they have not been been transferred, they must be retested.

Rural Industry Area
All plug in appliances and equipment located in industrial establishments should undergo a thorough visual examination before every use. If a specified electrical device is utilised in a condition with associated electrical risk factors, it is required to be inspected and tested after every 12 months. The appliance or device must be protected with a safety switch as well for optimal safety.

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