Electrical Testing and Tagging of Appliances in NSW

How does Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing actually test the electrical safety of my appliances?

Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing inspects and tests all electrical appliances in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3760: 2010. Qualified electrical test and tag technicians use specialised appliance testing instruments to test for invisible electrical faults, as well as completing a thorough visual inspection.

This process involves the use of specialised electrical appliance testing equipment which can conduct the following tests:

  • Earth continuity - tests that your appliance is properly connected to Earth
  • Insulation resistance - tests that no current is flowing where it shouldn't be
  • Leakage test - with the appliance powered on, tests that there is no current flowing where it shouldn't be
  • Polarity test - Checks that extension cords and power boards are wired correctly
  • RCD Trip time test - Tests that your RCD (aka 'Safety Switch') will switch off fast enough to prevent injury in the case of a fault developing
  • RCD current ramp test - tests that your RCD is sensitive enough to the tiny currents
  • Power testing - checks how much power your appliances require - Using too much power on an electrical circuit is dangerous
  • Electrical supply testing - checks that the power point to which our equipment is connected is wired correctly

Why is Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances so important for my businesses?

  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps to keep everyone in your workplace safe - staff, management, customers and the public
  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps minimise manager's risk of fines and imprisonment arising from a breach of electrical safety laws
  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps to keep your insurance premiums low, and to make sure that your insurance is not voided because you did not comply with relevant laws
  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps to keep track of your electrical assets at the same time

Whether you run a construction site, a retail store, a kitchen or a factory, electrical safety is paramount. In NSW, all levels of management are legally responsible for workplace safety, and a documented risk assessment approach is required. This includes assessing the risk presented by portable electrical appliances. Appliance Testing is a strategy which minimises the risk of electrical shock to workers.

Each appliance is inspected, electrically tested, and then tagged (labelled) at regular intervals. A record of these tests is kept as part of your overall OH&S risk management documentation.

Electrical Testing and tagging is especially important in work environments that are hostile to electrical equipment.

Employers should pay attention to the risks where the workplace presents an environment which is hostile to electrical equipment. Hostile work environments may, for example, expose electrical equipment to damage from moisture, corrosive chemicals, heat, vibration, dust, or physical use or abuse.

NSW appliance testing specialists Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing (SEAT) are committed to helping you to comply with your obligations under the OH&S Act. SEAT offers test and tag services which comply with Australian Standard 3760.

Your inspection and test results are recorded electronically, and you will be provided with an electrical Test and Tag Log, which forms a part of your risk assessment documentation. The electronic record keeping system can be used as an effective asset management tool for non-electrical assets as well.

This electrical testing and tagging procedure and record keeping ensures compliance with AS/NZS 3760, and documents your commitment to electrical safety in the workplace.

Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing makes it easy for you to implement a test and tag strategy by offering after-hours and weekend services.

To learn more about your electrical appliance safety obligations under the OH&S Act, click on 'Why Test and Tag'.

Like to know more about the testing procedure and find out how easy it can be? Click on 'FAQ' for answers.

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