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Warehouse & Factory – Electrical Test and Tag Requirements

What are the electrical test and tag requirements in a warehouse or factory? Electrical test and tag requirements ensure workplace safety, significantly reducing the risk of electrical shock to staff or customers whilst onsite. The purpose of testing and tagging is to  identify any faulty items and removes them from service to keep everyone safe in the workplace. Test and Tag Intervals According to electrical test and tag requirements AS/NZS 3760:2010 the testing frequency for all electrical equipment within a factory or warehouse setting is 6 months.  If you have electrical tools or equipment that go off site specifically to construction sites these items will need to be tested every 3 months and in specific retest colours. What equipment is commonly tested in a warehouse or factory? Battery Chargers Extension leads Forklift chargers Dispatch computers and Printers Tools (such as Drill & Electric Saws) Power Boards 3 Phase equipment (eg. sump pumps) Portable RCDs Can you test and tag factory appliances without turning them off? When testing and tagging a factory or warehouse, it is ideal to start before the factory is in full swing, however many factories operate 24/7. In this case there will be equipment which cannot be switched off, particularly 3 phase equipment.  These items can be clamp tested, testing the item’s leakage and allowing for its continued operation. If machines can be turned off it is very helpful to have operators onsite as they can turn off machines for testing and can answer any questions the Tester may have whilst performing the job. Common Dangers in a Factory or Warehouse Aged wiring and live exposed wires Equipment with damaged...

Retesting – How often do I need to Test and Tag?

Test and Tag Retesting Periods Made Easy To put it simply when retesting the type of environment the appliance is used determines when it needs to be retested.  The more hazardous the environment the more likely an appliance will have a shorter life span and a shorter re-test period. Most businesses contain many different types of environments and associated risk factors.  This could mean that one workplace may have different risk factors and retest periods.  For example: Most businesses would have an office (12 months) and a kitchen (6 months) or even possibly a warehouse (6 months). As you can see understanding the re-test periods is of vital importance when testing and tagging. The current Australian Standard for testing and tagging AS/NZ 3760:2010.  Will allow you to see the frequency in which all items at your location must be tested and tagged. Some industries might also require you to use certain test and tag colours. Test and Tag Retesting Intervals 3 months – building, construction, demolition and rental equipment 6 months – factories and warehouses 12 months – office or shop environments 5 yearly – a secure environment where the appliance cord is not likely to flex or open to abuse.  Where the cords are protected from dust, moisture and abuse for example a server room. What is a Hostile Environment? A hostile environment is when an appliance is operated or subjected to conditions that may causes the equipment damage or lessen its life span.  This includes but is not limited to mechanical damage, expose to the elements, moisture, heat, vibration, chemicals and dust. Is an office a Hostile Environment & what is...

Make Health and Safety your New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again when the flurry of Christmas cheers and New Year resolutions fill the air. But while your head is full of Christmas Cheer, there may be potential dangers lurking around the corner when it comes to the safety of your electrical goods. Make Health and Safety your New Year’s resolution at work this year, because with A1 Testing and Tagging we make it easy to keep your business safe. Have you checked your kitchen?  This is a big area for potential fires and electric shocks.  Many people underestimate the effect a hot stove can have on a lead or even the effect leftover food scraps may have. Frequent electrical fails also occur on the factory floor, extension cords that have been driven over, damaged, crushed or even tools that have been put away wrong could be a potential danger to your worksite and your employees. At A1 Testing and Tagging we provide professional and cost effective ways to increase your workplace safety.  Our test and tag service allows us to make compressive lists of all of your items, test their electrical safety levels and remove any dangerous items from service. The beginning of the year is a fresh start, why not make 2017 your safest year ever. In 2017 “rather than committing to just a personal change, focus on something that will also benefit your work-mates, family and the broader community.  Making improvements to your workplace health and safety doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive task.  They can increase productivity, and could save someone’s life.” (Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Michelle...

You Ask, We Answer

Do you have a question about testing and tagging? Most people want to get the answer to their questions straight away, and don’t always want to call and definitely don’t want to wait for an email response. You don’t even have to ring us, you can now chat online directly from our website www.A1testingandtagging.com.au  and get your answer straight away. Online Chat – A1 Testing & Tagging have friendly customer service staff on standby between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to answer your online chat and assist you with any questions you might have. We answer the telephone too – sounds silly but with so many automated press 1 for this and 2 for that, and answering machine services around these days, it can be hard to simply speak to a person who can answer your question.  Emily, Karen, Melinda, and Rachel are here to help you.  If you have a really curly technical question, we have a team of expert technicians who will be able to help with that too. Quick quotes are part of our system, so just ask and we will put together a great quote for you and send it through in less than 10 minutes. When you need to get your testing and tagging done, we will schedule your work with one, two or more A1 testers to come out to your location and get it done quietly and efficiently.  A confirmation of your booking will be emailed through with date and time, tester/s who will be coming to your site.  When the work’s all finished, you will receive with your invoice and...

Test and Tag Colours

Test and Tag Colours – Who uses them and why? Test and Tag Colours are used only in certain industries to make it easier for Work Safe or your OHS representative to ensure all  electrical items have been tested regularly.  There are four colours used on a quarterly basis across Australia, these include red, green, blue and yellow. Regulations For Test and Tag Colours   Test and Tag Colours are used for people working in the construction, demolition or mining areas under the AS/NZS 3012 guidelines. Anyone who is not within these industries do not need to use a specific test and tag colour. However test and tag colours must be used on any union building construction site. It is recommended that all tradesmen should have their tools tested and tagged to display the correct corresponding colour. This enables the tradesman to go on any building construction site anywhere, anytime. Government Test and Tag Colour Coding System All states now use the same colour test and tag colour coding system for the construction, demolition and mining industries.  For everyone else you can have any test and tag colours you prefer but we suggest that it is easier if you choose alternating colours for each of your retesting periods.  That way when you come back in 12 months you can easily see which items you have done and which items are still due for retesting. Test and Tag Colours The colours used for test tags are red, green, blue and yellow. Red test tag are used to display appliances tested in the months of December. January and February. Green tags are used for tested items in March,...