As well as the requirements for RCD testing, AS/NZS 3760:2010 and the Workplace Health & Safety Regulations 2012 SA also requires the testing of electrical equipment in the workplace. Regulation 150 of Workplace Health & Safety Regulations 2012 SA states, A person conducting a business must ensure that the electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment is:
- supplied with electricity through an electrical socket (plug-in equipment) and
- used in an environment in which its normal use exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span. This includes conditions that involve exposing the electrical equipment to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals and dust.
What is Testing & Tagging?
Testing and tagging is the process by which an electrical appliance undergoes a visual inspection and an electrical safety test with a portable appliance tester to ensure it is safe to use in the work place.
What we do
- Safety inspection and testing using our portable appliance tester of all your electrical appliances and devices.
- Visual inspection for damage especially to the insulation.
- Test there is no electrical insulation leakage.
- Complete an earth circuit test.
- Print and attach a Tag to the appliance or device stating the date of testing, name of the company who carried out the testing, the outcome of the testing, the retest date and the serial number.
- Produce Test Certificates and Asset Register in electronic format emailed to you.
- Remind you when your testing is due for re-test.
- Repair or replace some items were possible that are damaged.
How often do they need to be tested?
The frequency at which you need to complete appliance testing and tagging will be dependent upon the type of work environment. The table below outlines how often your electrical appliances should be tested and tagged. Depending on the environment some items eg. office kitchens will need to be tested every 12 months whilst other items such as fixed PC’s in an office may only need to be tagged every 5 years.
Indicative testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment
|Type of environment and/or equipment||Interval between inspection and tests|
|Equipment including Class I equipment, Class II equipment, cord sets, cord extension sets and EPODs||Residual current devices (RCDs)|
|Push-button test – by user||Operating time and push-button test|
|1. Factories, workshops, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication||6 months||Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer||6 months||12 months||12 months|
|2. Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in normal use OR is open to abuse OR is in a hostile environment||12 months||3 months||6 months||12 months||12 months|
|3. Environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subject to flexing in normal use and is NOT open to abuse and is NOT in a hostile environment||5 years||3 months||6 months||2 years||2 years|
|4. Residential type areas of: hotels, residential institutions, motels, boarding houses, halls, hostels accommodation houses, and the like||2 years||6 months||6 months||2 years||2 years|
|5. Equipment used for commercial cleaning||6 months||Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer||N/A||6 months||N/A|
6. Hire equipment:
Test and tag
|Prior to hire||Including push-button test by hirer prior to hire||N/A||N/A|
|3 months||N/A||3 months||12 months|
|7. Repaired, services and second-hand equipment||After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762.|
Call BMS Electrical now on 1300 130 229 to organise a qualified Technician to test and tag your electrical appliances & devices