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Green test-tags

Announcement for green test tags for construction and demolition sites - months March, April and May

 

1st of March, start of Autumn! Time to change test-tag colours on construction and demolition sites from red to green tags.

At ElectroTechnics Test and Tag, we use though, heavy duty test tags with a laminated security flap to assure all data stays visible, even in harsh conditions!

ElectroTechnics Test and Tag comes onsite with all PPE.

On construction sites, we check and test all electrical tools and portable machine. We also measure the trip time of the Portable socket outlet assemblies (PSOA).

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Retail and wholesale outlets have a testing and tagging & Residual Current Device (RCD) Testing requirement for electrical equipment under AS/NZS 3760:2010. The standard does not apply to demonstration stock in retail or wholesale outlets.

Depending on the risk analysis, use and location, the electrical plug-in equipment should be checked from every 6-months (e.g. workshop), 12 months (e.g. a registrar in the shop as it is open to abuse), up to 5 years (e.g. back office computer devices). Table 4 of the AS/NZS 3670 is a useful guide an indicative testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment.

Electrical equipment installed at the height of 2.5 meters or higher above the ground, platform or floor, where there is no reasonable chance of a person touching the devices and coming into contact with the earth, does not need to be tested under the AS/NZS 3760 standard. 

A heater installed on the wall as an example of what devices not need testing and tagging.
This heater does not need testing and tagging as it is installed at the height of 2.5 meters.

Besides the low voltage plug-in equipment, we also test the RCD (or safety switch). An RCD is a permanently wired circuit breaker that trips when a loss of current is detected. Most common in retail outlets are Type II RCD's of 30mA.

We measure the trip time with a PAT tester by sending through a test-current. The maximum tripping time of a type II 30mA RCD is 300ms. The newer models have a tripping time around 9 to 20ms.

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How safe is your workplace?

As an important part of WH&S legislation in Australia, all employers and self-employed persons must ensure their electrical equipment is made safe. The three most important reasons why you should have your electrical equipment inspected, tested and tag are:

  • Remain compliant
  • Secure your assets
  • Protect your people

Ask yourself

Could kids play in your workplace without hurting themselves? E ven though they don't use power tools, could they trip? Are there dangerous products? Are electrical covers damaged and wires exposed?

We see your workplace through a fresh set of eyes. Our team of experts are able to spot risks and hazards wich you've become accustomised to seeing. Put simply - complacency kills.

Group risk assessment and experienced assessors

Why is it important to have the same risk assessment done by multiple people? Different people see things differently: You want an assessment that gives you an objective view on the current status.

The team at ElectroTechnics will give you an unbias, comprehensive assessment of your workplace safety as it relates to your electrical plug-in 240V & 415V equipment and safety switches.

Tips for a safer workplace

Know your place of work. If you recognise the risks, it's easier to eliminate or reduce possible hazards.

Ergonomic furniture and an organised workplace.

Use lifting and carrying aids such as a wheelbarrow, forklift, cranes,...

Wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) e.g. earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves and / or full-face mask. Those elements can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.

Do not use alcohol or drugs as they are responsible for around three percent of workplace fatalities.

Have your workplace regularly tested and tagged. Numerous electrical accidents happen each year in Australia, many of which are sadly fatal.

Raise any concerns and know your rights. Inform the employer, or your manager about any risks and hazards. If you can't talk to your employer, contact organisations such as Safe Work Australia or the union.

Take care of your fire safety: make evacuation plans and update them on a regular basis,  make a maintenance procedure for all fire suppressing systems and detection systems, provide training, etc.

Ensure your mobile phone policy prohibits the use of mobile phones whilst operating a vehicle or forklift.

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