TESTING AND TAGGING
Testing and tagging is an essential fire protection service for a building and business as it ensures the safety of the people using electrical equipment in the workplace. Electrical equipment such as power boards, double adapters, electrical appliances and RCDs (Residual Current Device systems) need to be tested and tagged to ensure that they do not trip the circuit causing a loss of power, overload a circuit, or are a potential threat of fire or electrocution. Under various Work and Health Safety laws, all employers and employees are required to comply with their duty of care obligations, regulations and codes, and practices when using said equipment. Subject to particulars, electrical equipment should undergo testing and tagging at a minimum once every twelve (12) months.
To ensure the safety of the operator and those around them it is important to make sure that all equipment undergoes routine inspections and electrical testing services to detect damage, wear and tear and correct function. Once all testing is completed for the equipment it is important to then tag them with the date that they were tested and if there were any faults that have been recorded. In the event that there was an issue, the device should immediately be tagged as ‘out of service’ and removed from service.
East Coast Fire and Safety offer this as one of our fire safety services, carrying out all electrical tagging services and tests on equipment in your workplace. Our trained technicians will test all electrical applicances in the building and workplace to ensure that all equipment being used is up to standard and will then tag all working and faulty devices accordingly.
Depending on the product that is being tested and the frequency that it is being used, testing and tagging should be conducted six (6) months and annually. Testing should be completed more frequently if the equipment is subjected to extreme condition and could result in damage to the equipment itself and the user. This includes anything that is exposed to moisture, extreme heats, vibrations, corrosive chemicals or potential mechanical damage.
Faults that can occur when electronics are not tested include but are not limited to:
- Frayed leads and exposed electrical conductors; This includes any leads that have wires exposed.
- Resistance faults (shorts); This fault happens when the electrical current is higher than the normal load that it should be.
- “Daisy Chained” power boards or double adaptors burning out; This frequently occurs when one power board is plugged into another to be able to expose more appliances to the one circuit. This will overload the circuit and board as each individual one only able to process a certain amount of electricity through them at a time.
- Failed “Push Button” or “Trip Time” tests.
Contact East Coast Fire and Safety for your Businesses routine electrical equipment testing and tagging.