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Mandatory Electrical Equipment Testing

by Bessie Beck

Various types of electrical equipment are required to be routinely inspected and tested by a competent person to look for damage, wear as well as to detect electrical faults.

All businesses and employers must make sure that any electrical equipment is regularly tested if it:

  • supplied with electricity from an electrical socket outlet ('plug in' equipment)
  • is used in such an environment where it's day-to-day use exposes the electrical equipment to operating conditions that can damage the equipment and reduce their lifespan, e.g. presence of moisture, heat vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.

'Competent person' for inspection and testing 

Australian standards require that a competent person carries out the routine inspection. This is a qualified professional who has undergone appropriate training to acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to carry out the inspection of electrical equipment. The two Australian standards that apply to this profession are AS/NZS 3760:2010 and AS/NZS 3012:2010. These cover the safety criteria for all electrical installations and general testing requirements. 

It is compulsory that the electrical test is recorded, and the record must include the date and time of the check, the outcome of the test, name of the person carrying out the test and date of the next scheduled test. This information is written on a durable tag attached to the electrical equipment. 

Electrical testing and tagging services

It is the duty of care of an employer to both its staff and customers to keep them safe from injury and harm. They must therefore appropriately manage risks posed by electrical hazards. 

Specialist electrical safety providers are now widely available in Australia. These businesses have the primary aim of providing a safe workplace for both staff and customers. They consist of qualified technicians who are competent in the field of electrical testing and tagging. They will take the stress out of electrical testing by taking care of everything from invoicing to scheduling regular testing to meet government requirements. 

So what does inspection and testing of electrical equipment involve? 

Technicians will usually:

  • look for damage, defects or modifications to the electrical equipment
  • look for evidence of damage from heat, chemicals or moisture
  • check protective earth and insulation resistance for any signs of damage
  • check that cords are properly anchored to equipment, plugs, connectors and cord extension sockets
  • check that the plug rating matches that of the associated electrical equipment. 

For more information, contact your local electrical equipment tagging and testing service today.

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