Ensure Electrical Safety in The Workplace

Here are some tips to keep you safe and your business protected with electrical maintenance and testing.

The importance of electrical safety in the workplace cannot be overstated. As such it is essential that electrical equipment and appliances be used on a daily basis without the risk of malfunction. Electrical testing plays a vital role when dealing with dangerous electrical equipment. If precautions aren’t taken beforehand, failure and malfunction can lead to serious accidents, injury or even death. Don’t let this happen at your business today by neglecting proper procedures.

Widely known as Test and Tag, electrical safety testing is often the only way to identify faults that could compromise the use of the product and the safety of the user. Electrical testing protects against the risk of malfunction that impacts the appliance’s intended use and electrical shock that can cause fire or serious injury.

Here is what you need to know to negate such future hazards.

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What Is Test and Tagging?

In order to ensure the safety of customers and employees, electrical maintenance services provide an integral service in ensuring a safe electricity-driven business. The primary purpose of test and tagging is to determine if the appliance is safe for use or if it requires repair or replacement. A competent technician will visually inspect and electrically test in-service appliances and equipment for personal safety.

Test and Tag is a two-part process to make sure your appliances are in tip-top shape. The first step involves visual inspection, where a technician will look for any damages to cords, guards, buttons and plugs. Next, the appliance is electrically tested with a portable appliance tester (PAT). Once tested, the item is recorded and given a tag to confirm that it has been tested, the date of testing, when it is next due and if any issues were discovered.

At Maintag, if any issues or problems areas are discovered, we work with you to determine the best course of action.

Ensure You Are Complaint

Electrical safety testing has been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a strategy to ensure the safety of electrical appliances and those who may come into contact with them.

Each year dozens of workplace deaths have been related to an electrical malfunction. As a result, all businesses, contractors and sole trades in a working environment must have a regular test and tag record of their equipment in order to be compliant with the AS/NZS 3760:2010.

Test and Tag Frequency

When it comes to the safety of your workplace, there are a number of factors you need to take into consideration. One key factor is knowing how often equipment and appliances should be tested in order for them not only to remain effective but also to keep workers safe from any potential hazards that could occur while using these devices on an everyday basis.

Test and Tag frequency, or intervals refers to how often a piece of electrical equipment must be tested. These intervals, however, vary from industry to industry and depend on what equipment is being used. The Australian standard outlines test and tag frequencies and should be considered as a minimum requirement for electrical safety.

Keep In Mind

An electrical risk assessment can help determine whether the equipment that is being used in any of these higher-risk operating environments at your workplace.

The building, construction and demolition industries require testing every 3 months due to the hostile environment and how often equipment and appliances are used. While they are not as harsh as the construction industry, factories, warehouses and production industries require test and tag every 6 months due to the daily use of equipment. Yearly tests should be done on appliances that are at risk of general deterioration from dust, weather and flexing.

Additional industries include:

  • Electrical equipment used in manufacturing and workshop environments should be tested every 6 months.
  • Commercial cleaning equipment should be tested every 6 months.
  • Hire equipment should be tested every 3 months.
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The Best In Electrical Safety

Electrical equipment is a crucial part of any business, but it’s not always easy to make sure you have the right testing and tagging done. Maintag is here for all your needs! At Maintag, we offer affordable services that will help keep your workplace safe from hazards caused by improper electrical workmanship or ageing appliances.

With years of experience, we are the number one choice for all your electrical, smoke alarm and property maintenance needs. Maintag has built a reputation on efficient, reliable and affordable services for businesses and workplaces across the Sunshine Coast. Ensure you are compliant and book your test and tag today.