What You Need to Know About the Testing and Tagging of Electrical Essentials

What You Need to Know About the Testing and Tagging of Electrical Essentials

There are certain electrical equipment and essentials that need to be assessed or tested every now and then by skilled and qualified electricians. Specifically, regular inspection and testing needs to be done to three types of electrical essentials:

1. Electrical equipment that need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to work.

2. Equipment that are used in dangerous areas, specifically those which expose equipment to damaging elements like heat, vibration, physical or mechanical damage, moisture chemicals, and dust.

3. Electrical equipment used in places of work.

By hiring a skilled and qualified electrician to assess equipment at set times in a year, you are assured that these equipment are not damaged. The assessment that is properly done by these professionals ensures that any damage found to equipment can be addressed right away.

Who Is Qualified Enough To Test Electrical Equipment You Own?
A professional who is deemed qualified or competent enough to do this task is somebody who acquired the needed skills and knowledge through experience, qualification, training, or a combination of the three.

Knowledge And Skills Needed For Proper Testing And Tagging Of All Electrical Equipment And Essentials Include:
1. The ability to visually examine all electrical equipment
2. Being able to differentiate between double insulated equipment and all equipment protectively earthed
3. The ability to do earthing continuity assessments on all equipment while the flexing the cable
4. Being able to do insulation resistance testing on electrical equipment
5. Being able to do testing on all residual current devices
6. Knowing how to properly use all testing instruments
7. Knowing how to interpret test results
8. Knowledge of the way the Electrical Safety Regulation can apply to all workplace installations and electrical equipment

Australian Standards For The Task Are:

  • AS/NZS 3760: 2010 – In service testing and assessment of electrical equipment, inspection of outlines, and methods of testing and tagging.
  • AS/NZS 3012: 2010 – Electrical installations – Demolition and construction sites, regular testing and inspection requirements.

When Should Testing Be Done?
In general, the frequency of assessment and testing depends on two factors: the workplace where the electrical equipment is set up, and any risks that are associated with electrical equipment. For more details, you can refer to the standards mentioned above. You can also ask a friendly neighbourhood electrician for more information on the matter.

Are These Electrical Test Results Recorded?
A record of the testing done (also called the tag) should be stored (or remain attached to a pieceof equipment) until such time that the electrical essentials will be tested again. After the next round of testing, the old record or tag should be permanently removed through proper disposal.

What Is A Testing Record Composed Of?
1. The name of that electrical professional who did the assessment
2. The inspection date
3. The results of the test
4. The exact date of the next round of assessment

What Happens To Equipment And Other Electrical Essentials That Fail Tests?
Any electrical equipment that fails the testing phase are to be removed from use immediately. An electrician will immediately attach a durable tag that warns people to avoid using the equipment at all costs.

If you need more information, help or advice then click HERE to read up on the reasons why you need to test your electrical equipment. Cover your butt with WHS requirements!

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