What is test and tag? Test and tag of electrical equipment is an inspection process to determine if the electrical equipment in a place of business is safe for the health and safety of employees and customers. The tag part is a way to record the inspection results in testing electrical equipment. Not all electrical equipment may need to be tested and the type and schedule of testing requirements vary with the nature of the business workplace. The electrical test and tag process is meant to spot obvious damage and defects in wiring and equipment that may pose a danger if not repaired.
The Test and Tag Process Manages The Risks to Health And Safety Associated With Electrical Equipment
Regulation 147 is one of the test and tag regulations every PCBU or person conducting a business or undertaking must meet. Every PCBU has a responsibility to manage electrical risks to workers under the government regulation Work Health and Safety National Uniform Legislation Act 2011. There are different categories of workplaces with different testing requirements.
A. Lower Risk environments, such as offices or retail shops that use computers, photocopiers, and stationery electrical equipment in a clean, dry environment are not mandated to have these inspections.
B. New Equipment that hasn’t been tested before doesn’t have to be tested before its initial use, but should be inspected for damage in shipping and proper installation. The date of first service should be recorded. If the business is required to have electrical equipment testing, the new equipment should be included in the next scheduled testing.
C. Higher Risk Operating Areas that are not construction or demolition sites. In these situations, electrical equipment should not be used until it has been tested. Inspection consisting of test and tag in Sunshine Coast is required in higher risk workplaces. High-risk areas are those that will expose electrical equipment to damaging operating conditions. Damage may result from moisture, heat, mechanical damage, vibration, dust, or corrosive chemicals. This category of workplace should be tested every twelve months. Some equipment such as manufacturing and workshop equipment should be tested every six months. Commercial electrical cleaning equipment should be tested every six months.
D. Hire equipment. This is equipment that a business rents out to others. It must be inspected before it is rented out each time. Then, it should be tested every three months.
What Must the Owner Do With Testing Results?
The owner of a business must keep a record of all testing results until the equipment is permanently removed from the building. The record entries must include the testers name, the date the equipment was tested, The testing outcome, and the next date testing is scheduled. This log can be in a record book or on a database. This is important to keep up because records can be audited without warning. There may be testing information kept on a waterproof tag affixed to the equipment. If problems are found and tagged, they need to be corrected and retested.
The business owners on the Sunshine Coast should make sure they contact John at FCF Fire and Electrical Sunshine Coast about testing needs and regulations.