Portable Appliance Testing and Tagging
Appliance Testing and Tagging
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) and Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 require electrical equipment at workplaces to be safe and to not expose Workers to hazards. As prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 the person having control of a workplace or access to that work place, i.e. employer, self-employed person, main contractor, must ensure that all portable plug-in electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCDs) at the workplace are safe and appropriately inspected, tested and maintained by a competent person.
Step One- possibly the most important
Our experienced licenced technicians carry out a thorough visual of all items to be tested and tagged to check for any electrical safety defects that may render them dangerous and unsafe to use.
Once the technician has identified which test should be applied to the appliance, it is then plugged into our market-leading test and tag machine and the test is then run. Item details and results whether pass or fail are electronically recorded to the pat testers’ internal memory. The tag is then dispensed from our automatic printer containing all relevant information.
The tag is then applied to any equipment that passes the testing procedures identifying that the items are safe to use. The tag also states the date tested and the date when the next test is required.
Any items that fail the testing procedure are tagged with a danger Tag and then reported to the relevant person and placed into the previously discussed quarantine area.
All data is then downloaded to Perth Test and Tag’s secure online database where customer reports are then generated and sent electronically or added to our online database. Customers are then provided with a secure login to view or print their test and tag reports as required, our purpose-built software will also automatically remind our customers when items are due to be retested.
Perth testing and tagging offer a comprehensive RCD testing and maintenance service, RCDs are often known by other names such as earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCB) or safety switches.
An RCD is an electrical safety device specially designed to immediately switch the electricity off when electricity ‘leaking’ to earth is detected at a level harmful to a person using electrical equipment. An RCD offers a high level of personal protection from electric shock. Fuses or over current circuit breakers do not offer the same level of personal protection against faults involving current flow to earth. RCDs have another important advantage – they reduce the risk of fire by detecting electrical leakage to earth in electrical wiring and accessories.,/p>
RCDs work on the principal “what goes in must come out”. They operate by continuously comparing the current flow in both the Active (supply) and Neutral (return) conductors of an electrical circuit. RCDs are designed to operate within 10 – 50 milliseconds and to disconnect the electricity supply when they sense harmful leakage.
Emergency Exit Light Testing
The Standard sets out the periodic inspection and maintenance procedures which are necessary to ensure that emergency evacuation lighting systems will be in a state of readiness for operation at all times.
It applies to Central and single-point emergency lighting systems, The Standard instructs that all Emergency evacuation lighting systems shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with the relevant procedures specified in the Standard and that the inspection and maintenance procedures shall be carried out only by persons having qualifications and experience suitable for this type of work.
All maintenance records must be in the form of hard copy record tags or log books. Electronic copies may also be used.
Currently, the field of electrical service and maintenance is based primarily on reactive measures and visual and load based inspections.
Thermal imaging is different. Using this technology we are able to provide a proactive rather than a reactive maintenance program that ensures problem areas are repaired or replaced prior to complete failure, minimising the possibility of power loss and the risk of damage resulting from electrical shorts, fire, and production losses.
This technology was used in the Beacons field mine disaster to locate the trapped miners.
Please contact Perth Testing and Tagging for more information about Thermal Imaging inspections, or for an obligation-free quote. 1300 855 620
Microwave Leakage Testing
Australian and New Zealand Standards AS/NZ 3350 / Guidelines
Perth Testing and Tagging conducts microwave radiation leakage tests in the workplace to the above standard using specialized testing equipment that is correctly calibrated and meets the Australian Standard.
Domestic radiation testers do not meet the standard. Radiation leakage from a microwave oven often occurs through the doors and seals and is invisible. These harmful radiation leakages can cause harm to user’s health.
The Australian Standard states “The microwave leakage at any point 50mm or more from the external surface of the appliance shall not exceed 50W/m2 (5mW/cm2).”
AS/NZ 60335.2.25 ( AS/NZ 3350.2.25) – Australian and New Zealand Standard
The Australian Standard relates to exposure to sufficiently high levels of microwaves will cause heating. In the case of human tissue, excessive heating could have serious health effects, such as deep tissue burns and hypothermia. The purpose of the Australian Standards is to avoid all adverse health effects by limiting exposure levels to levels below those at which heating occurs. The Standard applies to microwave ovens designed for domestic applications, even if used in a workplace.
The standard says “… microwave ovens used in workplace staff rooms are not excluded from the test approvals process and should be marked with an approvals identification signifying compliance with AS/NZS 3350.2.25:1997”
Employers have a ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure their workplace is safe and as such Perth Testing and Tagging recommends and conducts the testing of microwave ovens in the workplace annually as a minimum standard.
Fire Safety Testing
Fire Safety Equipment Maintenance and Servicing in the Home, Business, Industry and Mining. Fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire hose reels, first aid kits and a huge range of related products can be shipped throughout Australia.
Dry chemical powder (DCP) fire extinguishers are one of the most common fire extinguishers used in Australia. The reason for this is their ability to tackle many different types of fire, their effectiveness at fighting fires and also the low cost of DCP extinguishers available.
Fire Safety Equipment Maintenance & Servicing – Perth & WA
We provide hassle free scheduled maintenance and testing on most fire equipment. Our scheduled maintenance service agreements ensure that you can concentrate on running your business while we take care of your fire safety obligations. We also provide fire safety training courses & fire safety audits in accordance with AS2444. Don’t wait contact us today!