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Testing and Tagging FAQs

 

Do I need to test my flexible lead appliances? YES.

All employers have a duty of care to insure they are providing a safe working environment for their staff members. The OH&S Act as required by Worksafe Victoria and Victorian OH&S Act 2004 are the current pieces of legislation that must be followed in regards to electrical appliance safety.

Do I need to test all of my appliances?  NO

Items that are deemed to be fixed or of low risk of being damaged do not need to be tested.

What does testing involve?  The process of testing appliance involves the following:

  • Visual Inspection: Firstly the appliance shall be checked to ensure that it is in good physical condition and there are no obvious signs of danger.
  • Electrical Testing: The appliance shall be tested with a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) to test for any unseen electrical faults.
  • Record Keeping: Once the appliance is tested a record of the appliance and the test outcomes as well as who tested it shall be made.

How often do I need to test?

The testing interval depends on the environment in which the appliance is being used. The harsher the environment then the more likely the appliance is to be damaged, hence there is a requirement for a reduced time between testing. For a schedule of testing in many common environments. Refer to the Chart at the bottom for more details.

Are your technicians qualified to test my appliances?

AS/NZS 3760, which is the relevant standard for safety checking of electrical appliances states that someone employed to do testing and tagging work of electrical appliances must be deemed “A competent person”. This competency may be gained through training, experience or a combination of both.

All of our technicians have obtained a TAFE statement in Safety Checking Electrical Appliances or an equivalent. They also gain experience through on the job training with other experienced technicians.

How much do you charge?

We charge per appliance that we test. We do not charge extra for three phase equipment nor for power boards. Contact our friendly staff in our office for a quote.

What benefits do you offer over other testing services?

The following outlines the benefits our testing services compared to our competitors:

  • Unique Bar-coding System
  • Electronic Data Capture
  • No additional charges for three phase (polyphase/415V) or power board testing
  • RCD Testing and reporting
  • Supply of your records in both electronic and printed formats
  • Supply of Introduction to Service tags at no extra cost

Do you test three phase equipment?  YES.

We test three phase (polyphase/415V) equipment at the same rate as single phase appliances.

Are you insured?  YES.

We have current Public and Product Liability Insurance for $20,000,000.00 and Workers Compensation Insurance. Certificates of Currency for these are available apon request. We can also provide verification of our superannuation payments.

Do you test RCDs (Safety Switches)?  YES.

We will perform a Millisecond and push button test on your RCDs and include this information into the Appliance Register that you will be provided after our service is completed.

Do we need to test new appliances?  NO.

New appliances do need not to be tested, they do however need to be tagged to indicate the date on which they were introduced into service. Once Appliance Test & Tag Services have performed your testing service you will be provided with Introduction to Service tags at no extra charge so that you may apply them to new appliances as you need them.

Testing Intervals

This table was created with reference to both AS/NZS 3760 and the Electrical Practises for Construction Work. It is to be used as a reference only.

 EQUIPMENT TYPE    

ENVIRONMENT TYPE

      Class 1                  

     Class 2                   

Powerboards Ext. Leads

Domestic Construction

 3 Months

3 Months

3 Months

Commercial Construction

3 Month

3 Month

3 Month

Factories and workshops

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

Hostile Environment where the lead of the appliance is flexed during use or open to abuse

 1 to 3 Months

 1 to 3 Months

 1 to 3  Months

NON Hostile Environment where the lead of the appliance is NOT flexed during use or is NOT open to abuse

5 Years

 5 Years

 5 Years

Residential Areas of hotels

2 Years

2 Years

2 Years

Commercial Cleaning Equipment

6 Months

12 Months

12 Months

Hire Equipment
(Visual inspection before each hire)

 1 Months

1 Months

1 Months

Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipment