Facts and Questions

The Regulations

States that test intervals vary from 3 months to 5 years, dependent on the class of workplace.

Every work situation is different and the frequency of testing depends on the harshness of the environment in question and type of workplace.

Full details of the regulations are available from the Queensland Electrical Safety Office, Brisbane.

Phone 1300 650 662 or at http://www.dir.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety/business/workers/equipment/index.htm                                    Visual Inspection of the device, leads, Cords should be firmly anchored in plugs, connections made solidly with no frayed ends.

Queensland legislation requires that documentation of test results and an inventory of electrical equipment in the workplace be kept and evidence of an ongoing maintenance programme is available for inspection if required on the business premises. It also gives you an full asset list of all your stock for loss or theft purposes.

How much does it cost?

1.Absolute Test and Tag charges per test, (TAG).

2.Cost per tag depends on number of tags and type of job. ( between $3.00 - $8.00 per tag)

3.Call out fee only applies for small jobs and distance traveled over 20km What sort of electrical equipment needs to be tested in my workplace?

All plug in electrical equipment, 240 or 415 volt, including office equipment, computers, kitchen appliances, extension leads, power boards, cash registers, refrigerators, welders, air compressors, heaters, coolers, power tools, etc and also including portable or fixed residual current devices (safety switches). Any appliance within a business that has a flexible cord that plugs into either a single phase 240V power outlet or 3 phase 415V power outlet needs to be tested regularly to ensure that the appliance is electrically safe .

Reasons why l should Test and Tag electrical equipment within the workplace?

1. Severe penalties can apply for non-compliance and failure to comply may incur hevy fines, held liable from death or injury and affect your insurance cover.

2. The Queensland Electrical Safety Act 2002, directs that ALL workplaces in Queensland MUST, Test and Tag all plug in electrical equipment and RCD'S at different intervals depending upon the Classification of the workplace. ITS THE LAW!

3. To protect your employers, employees and assets from injury, death, destruction and fire. One of the employer’s obligations under the legislation is to identify, assess, control and/or eliminate health or safety risks, especially those risks associated with electricity. If there are anymore questions that you would like answered that are not covered here please don't hesitate to email or ring us at anytime. The tag must clearly display:

•- The date tested or retest date

•- licence number of contractor

•- Item Number

•- The name of the tester or test companies

Will l lose power while testing.

Yes, but only to that appliance being tested. We wiil have to unplug and turn off every appliance before we can test it. But it is only for a short period of time. In order to test your R.C.D Safety Switches, we will need to do trip readings. In this case you will lose power a couple of times on all power points protected by those R.C.D'S. Once again only for a short period of time.

How does Elite Test and Tag test my equipment.

Our fully trained technicians use only the latest testing equipment that is approved (and tested every 6 months as required by law) for the purpose of in-service testing of electrical equipment.

•Visual Inspection of the device / leads, Cords should be firmly anchored in plugs, connections made solidly with no frayed ends. •The appliance will be tested with various test equipment to test for any unseen electrical faults.                                                    •These tests include; an insulation resistance test; earth continuity, earth routine or earth bond test; a polarity test; and an earth   leakage test.

•Record Keeping: , various codes of practices refer to this.

•Full asset register of all passed and failed items

•A safety tag must be placed on the appliance verifying its safe approval.

Do l need records?

Queensland legislation requires that documentation of test results and an inventory of electrical equipment in the workplace be kept and evidence of an ongoing maintenance programme is available for inspection if required on the business premises. It also gives you an full asset list of all your stock for loss or theft purposes.