Prevent Long Term Damage
With different classes of equipment such as RCDs, Cord Sets and Power Boards, they each need to be inspected at different intervals. When you regularly keep an eye on your electrical appliances, you can help spot the problem before it escalates; saving yourself money in the long run!
Different environments regular different time-frames in terms of how often tagging and testings are required. For example, factories and workshops need to be checked more frequently compared to equipment in residential such as hotels and hostels. Electrical equipment on a construction site would regular more frequent testing too, especially outside and in damp conditions. While a computer in an office is less maintenance.
In between tagging and testing, it is still important to regularly check cords, plugs and tools to see if there is any potential damage. Whether tested and tagged or not, all electrical equipment needs to be RCD-protected in most circumstances.
It is compulsory under New Zealand law that employers must provide an electrically safe workplace. While many insurance companies also require employers to comply with regulations to honour your insurance policy.
As of April 4th 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act changed. This requires employers to protect their employees and other people by eliminating or minimizing risks at work. Alongside your Health and Safety plan, when your environment is safe and regularly tested and tagged, your company may be eligible for significant discounts on ACC levies. To help keep on top of any potential problems, a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT testing) is an easy way to ensure tools, leads and appliances are tested and compliant to legal regulations.
When Does It Need To Be Done?
How often tagging and testing need to be done depends on the environment. It can vary from every three months, up to every five years.
If you are unsure of the right time to test your electrical appliances, check out our services in the tagging and testing department here. With our qualified electricians, we can help keep you safe!