Satisfying safety requirements for a business and its employees can sometimes be quite daunting. Businesses are required to satisfy a number of standards and regulations, which significantly contribute to ensuring safety in the workplace. Particular focus should be placed on electrical appliance safety.
Work sites and offices usually have a steady flow of individuals switching on kettles in the lunch room, heating up their cold lunches and coffees in the microwave and plugging in power tools. However, if these equipment and appliances are not tested on a regular basis, there is potential for accidents to happen and employees to get hurt. Defective electrical appliances that have not undergone stringent electrical testing and tagging processes can possibly put lives at risk. Therefore, it is important to test and tag all electrical equipment.
Test and tag is essentially a process which involves the routine testing of electrical appliances and equipment to make sure they are safe for workplace use. It is a requirement of health and safety regulations that electrical appliances are maintained and routinely tested to safeguard workers against getting hurt. It is the recommendation of a number of equipment manufacturers that certain equipment and appliances be regularly tested to ensure safety on a continuous basis. The intervals between the electrical test will depend on both the environment in which the appliance is being used and the type of appliance.
Even though a number of organisations perform in house test and tag duties, the majority of them opt to hire the services of a specialist provider to take care of the electrical safety management needs of the company. There are a number of benefits that can be derived from outsourcing, particularly considering that external providers typically complete testing in a more timely manner and more often than not, they provide a more comprehensive service.
The tests that are required by an appliance depend on the kind of appliance, the electrical class in which it belongs and it is subject to an assessment of risk by the technician. For example, it might not be safe to carry out a leakage current test that requires powering up an appliance, like a grinder, if the appliance cannot be fastened to a bench; a safer option may be an insulation resistance test.
When appliance testing has been carried out and the tagging has been finalised, business operators can feel a lot safer and more confident as it relates to employee using all the electrical factory machinery and appliances around the company.