Many business persons face the question whether to test and tag their electrical machinery used for the business. Well, the answer is, yes. If the business utilises any kind of electrical machinery, then they need to be tested and tagged routinely to ensure their safety. By electrical components we mean anything from a computer to other power tools used for various purposes; all of them must be tested and tagged. In fact, power boards require testing at frequent intervals because they go through a lot of stress, wear and tear. The microwave used in office and also the kettle should be tested and tagged to ensure safety.

Test and Tag

There are various agencies providing test and tag service in Melbourne. In fact, it is highly recommended for any business organisation to find out whether their electrical goods are safe for the staff and also for the customers. Reports reveal that a huge majority of power boards and extension wires fail the test for safety. Now, if you are wondering about what the process is exactly, then this is inspection and testing of electrical goods in the workplace which must comply with government standards. The process usually includes:

• Visual inspection
• Insulation resistance evaluation
• Polarity test to guarantee correct connection between leads
• Earth leakage test
• Earth bond examination
• Earth resistance inspection to ensure the equipment can handle fault properly

Following these steps, a particular object is tested followed by tagging. If the object passes the test successfully, it is then tagged with a label using an adhesive which indicates the status of the item. All the details regarding the test are provided on the label. The details are:

• Time of test
• Specific purpose of the test
• The specific part of the test
• Testing Technician
• Result of the test (fail/pass)
• Time for re-testing

All these details are documented so that the data can be referred to easily. Even if an article is found unfit, that must also be recorded for future reference.

Do Electrical Items Need Frequent Testing?

Usually, this can be found out by checking with the authority which controls such matters. Rules, regulations and laws regarding each industry are different, and any business organisation should adhere to those to be able to do business legally. However, the frequency can be determined by the use of the equipment in a particular industry. Obviously, equipment which goes through regular disconnection and then reconnection needs frequent testing. Any item that goes through wear and tear needs testing routinely. In comparison to this, any item that is constantly plugged into safety switch does not require regular testing.

Tag and Test Exemptions

There are exceptions to testing and tagging in Melbourne. They are:

• Items that fixed for over 2.5 metres from the ground.
• Objects that require dismantling
• Demo equipment
• Items that are less than 1 year old

Apart from these, every other item must be tested at frequent intervals to check their safety. It is important to save the people and also the environment.

Author's Bio: 

The author Ron Spencer works in the electrical equipment testing industry and is well aware of the rules, regulations on testing and tagging in Melbourne. In this article, he talks about how important is testing and tagging and how frequently should it be done.