Need electrical testing and tagging services by a qualified Commercial Electrician?
We’re experts in Commercial Electrical Repairs, Maintenance and Installation. So in the interests of promoting health and safety and ensuring that our clients and clients-to-be understand the law and what is required of them, Hit The Switch is proud to bring you these frequently asked questions.
Q. Why Test & Tag?
A. Every Aged Care facility has a duty of care (under the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1984) to ensure that their residents, visitors and staff are safe. Even if such an Act didn’t exist, you wouldn’t want them to experience electric shocks or have their property damaged. Nor would you want to experience the legal ramifications if faulty electrical equipment led to an injury or death.
Q. Is Testing & Tagging mandatory for an Aged Care facility?
A. No, but Worksafe Victoria insist that there must be evidence that a competent maintenance program is in place and that all electrical equipment is safe and sound. (OHS Regulation: 4.37)
Q. As a Maintenance Manager, am I considered competent enough to check electrical appliances?
A. You could, if you had time and had acquired training, qualifications, experience and all the requirements demanded by legislation. If not, for peace of mind it is best to commission a licenced electrician (preferably a Master Electrician) to do this on a regular basis.
Q. Do some inspections need to done more frequently?
A. Yes, if electrical equipment operates in an area subject to adverse conditions such as exposure to excessive heat, moisture, corrosion, chemical or mechanical damage, or vibration. This should be spelt out during the initial Risk Assessment phase.
Q. What sort of things will an electrician look for when testing & tagging?
A. Aspects such as:
- Obvious damage and defects (to cords, controls, covers, guards, etc)
- Dodgy modifications
- The integrity of earthing and insulation
- Dangerous practices (like piggy-backing adapters)
- Obstructed ventilation inlets and exhausts
- And more
Q. Do brand new appliances/ equipment need to be tested?
A. No, but they should be visually inspected for damage in transit, and the purchase date duly recorded.
Q. What documentation needs to completed?
A. The following must be documented:
- Register of all equipment (incl. inspector’s name & date)
- Record of formal inspection & tests (with Pass/Fail duly noted)
- Repair register
- Record of all faulty equipment showing details of services & repairs
Q. What happens with non-compliant equipment?
A. It must be marked “Out of Service”, and immediately removed from harm’s way. If it is to be repaired, this can only be done by a licenced electrician, or the original equipment manufacturer. After being repaired they must be re-inspected and re-tested.
Q. What are the rules and regulations relating to the Tag?
A. The tag must be a durable, non-reusable, non-metallic tag. It can be colour-coded if required, but should contain the following info:
- The license # of the electrician, or certificate # of the competent person
- The name of the test company
- The date tested/ required retest date
- Reference to AS/NZS 3760
- ID number of appliance that corresponds with the Appliance Asset register
If you have a question about Testing and Tagging in an Aged Care Facility (or any other commercial venture such as a Restaurant for that matter) or information and advice about any commercial electrical problem you may have, call Hit The Switch on 1300 205 205 or simply Contact Us
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