Electrical Testing Frequently Asked Questions
What areas do you service?
We service Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surfcoast including Corio, Lovely Banks, Bell Post Hill, Norlane, North Shore, Bell Park, North Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Manifold Heights, Fyansford, Geelong West, Drumcondra, East Geelong, Newtown, South Geelong, Wandana Heights, Highton, Belmont, Breakwater, St Albans Park, Whittington, Newcomb, Moolap, Marshall, Waurn Ponds, Grovedale, Mount Duneed, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Bellarine, Portarlington, Indented Heads, St Leonards, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Wallington, Breamlea, Torquay, Jan Juc, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven, Freshwater Creek, Moriac, Modewarre, Winchelsea, Armstrong Creek, Waralilly.
What does electrical appliance testing involve?
Each electrical item within a site is visually inspected and then tested for compliance. A number of tests can be performed on an item depending on its type. These include:
- earth continuity
- insulation testing (either insulation resistance or leakage current)
Once testing is complete, a durable tag is fitted. This includes the name of person or company who performed the test, test date and re-test date. Documentation is given to the site after testing and this should include:
- a register of all equipment
- record of inspection and testing
- a repair register
- a record of all faulty equipment, showing details of corrective actions
What faults may be found when doing electrical safety testing?
Frayed cords, wiring faults, safety switch not tripping, earthing system fault, current leakage and exposure to moisture or damaged equipment.
Who needs to have electrical testing and tagging done?
If you are an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure a safe workplace for employees and visitors. Under the OH&S Act, AS/NZS 3760:2003, every business is required to maintain all electrical equipment and appliances to asafe standard. This means that all ‘plug-in’ type equipment must be regularly safety inspected, tested and maintained.
Is a test and tag compulsory?
It is compulsory to provide a safe work environment for staff and visitors to your site. This includes ensuring all electrical equipment is safe and complies with the OH&S Act AS/NZO 3760:2010. Failure to provide a safe environment will result in hefty fines should an accident occur as a result of non-compliance.
What electrical items need test and tagging?
All ‘plug-in’ type equipment must be regularly inspected and tested. This includes hand-held equipment as well as larger electrical items. Extension leads and power boards are particularly important as these are the most commonly failed items.
How often is electrical testing required to be done?
The Australian Standard AS/NZO 3760:2010 clearly specifies the testing frequencies. It depends on the equipment and the environment it is being used in. Equipment used in a hostile environment must be tested more frequently. There may be different testing intervals for different areas within a work site.
Do new items need a test and tag?
No. New items do not need to be tested but they do need a New to Service tag applied showing the date they were introduced into service.
Who can do test & tag?
Testing must be done by a competent person who has undertaken training and understands and adheres to AS/NZO 3760:2010.
How does testing and tagging electrical equipment affect my worksite?
In consultation with management, we endeavour to fit in with your work requirements and to cause minimal disruption. We can work around staff breaks etc to minimise any downtime.
What happens if items fail an electrical testing service?
Items failing to comply are labelled with a ‘failed item’ tag and must be withdrawn from service immediately. Depending on the reason for the fail and whether the item is repairable, the choice of disposal, or repair and retest will be given.
Who needs to have test & tag done?
All work sites and anyone required to meet duty of care &/or OH&S obligations, including professional offices, schools, colleges, universities, Hotels/Motels, accommodation, child care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, cleaning companies, factories, workshops, the building industry, second-hand dealers, laboratories and hairdressers.
Are there any special requirements for construction sites?
Yes. As construction sites are particularly hazardous and regular testing of electrical equipment is required. Some recent workplace incidents illustrate the importance of electrical testing and tagging.