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Why Tagging & Testing Matters.

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Testing and tagging covers so much more than just making sure your appliance is operating, more importantly it identifies whether the risk of electrocution is at an unacceptable level. Testing and tagging of workplace electrical appliances is a requirement under law and needs to be completed by a licensed electrician.

But what are they looking for?

The safety of electrical equipment can sometimes have little to do with the day to day operation of an appliance. The testing and tagging process ensures device safety, even when it’s not being handled.

Firstly, an electrician will visually inspect the appliance. This is to identify any obvious issues that will make the device dangerous before connecting it to power. Next, the device is subjected to a number of power tests, including ensuring the device is earthed properly, checking that the polarity isn't compromised, and that the insulation remains sufficient.

This process is important for safety and the continued productivity of your workplace. If an appliance is faulty and is not identified, you might experience stoppages that cost time and money, or a staff member could become seriously injured. Organising a testing and tagging electrician can save time, money, frustration, or even a life.

Safety standards are one of those things that move slowly, but if you don’t keep up to date, it can quickly become a huge task to meet. Not every workplace is at the same risk of an electrical fault, compliance with safety standards are based on your workplace’s exposure to hostile environments and use of equipment. A licensed and experienced electrician will be able to suggest a maintenance schedule that ensures your business meets requirements for testing and tagging in your workplace.

Residual Current Devices (RCDs) are used across Australia to add an additional layer of protection to your electronic devices in the event of a power surge. RCDs activate when the balance of power changes from an event such as a cut cable. Without a functioning RCD, your business could be at risk of electrical injury.

When an RCD activates, it immediately detects a change in power balance and disconnects the device from the source of electricity. But just like electrical equipment, RCDs need to be regularly tested to ensure they are functioning correctly. When having testing and tagging services conducted, make sure that your contractor can check your RCDs are functioning properly for full protection and peace of mind.

If you are unsure when your last testing and tagging service occurred, or your business is due for checks, call the team Able Air & Electrical. Our team of professional electricians can talk you through the process of ensuring your business is safe from electrical faults before they become a hazard.

Want to know more about how Able Air & Electrical can help you select an electrical maintenance programme for your commercial building? Contact us today on 1300 274 005, we’re always available to answer your questions.

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