Testing And Tagging For All Electrical Appliances
Electronics, electrical appliances, and machines that run on electrical energy need to be inspected regularly to ensure they are in good condition. Faulty appliances can cause electrocution, property damage, and other types of business-related losses. That is why the law requires business owners in certain industries to have their equipment tested and tagged regularly, usually quarterly. While most small businesses are not required to have equipment tested and tagged, it is a good business practice to do the inspection, testing, and tagging regularly in a bid to enhance workplace safety.
Some insurers may also require business owners to have their equipment tested and tagged regularly to get the desired coverage. SF Test & Tag is a leading service provider in the testing and tagging industry. You can be assured of getting quality services when you choose to work with the company.
How Testing and Tagging is Done
Testing and tagging of electrical equipment are usually done by certified professionals. This does not have to be a licensed electrician. Anyone who passes the test & tag exam becomes a certified professional or competent person according to the law. In some jurisdictions, however, only persons with limited electrical contractors’ licenses are allowed to carry out testing and tagging of equipment.
The first thing the service provider will do is carry out a visual inspection of the electrical appliance. Special attention usually goes to the condition of the power cord and plug. A PAT tester must be used to do electrical testing to confirm that the cable is not damaged, and that the device is properly grounded. This is a special device that can be used to perform a variety of electrical tests. Competent persons are usually trained on how to effectively use the PAT tester in their work.
Once an appliance passes the visual inspection and electrical testing, what follows is tagging. Special colored tags are normally used for this purpose. Different tag colors are normally used at different times of the year to make the process of inspection easier. After all, seeing a particular color will indicate to the inspector or business owner that their appliances have been tested.
The colored tags placed on the tested electrical devices usually contain the name of the person who carried out the testing, the date the test was done, and the date of the next test. Testing and tagging are a requirement in the demolition, construction, and mining industries because of the dangers associated with these industries.
When employees are electrocuted or injured in any way as a result of using faulty electrical equipment, the employer will be held liable. Injured employees may decide to file a lawsuit against their employer, and the lawsuit can have far-reaching financial consequences.
Employers can avoid or transfer liability for these injuries by hiring a competent tag & test professional to inspect their equipment. If a piece of equipment is faulty but is tagged as safe, any liability that may arise as a result of using the equipment will fall squarely on the service provider. Therefore, employers should consider testing & tag not just to improve workplace safety, but also to avoid legal liability when faulty electrical equipment cause injuries and property damage.
Which Equipment Can be Tagged?
Any appliance that has a flexible power cord and runs on at least 50V of electrical power can be tested. These appliances can be placed into two categories
– Class 1 appliances include electric kettles, iron boxes, and toasters
– Class 2 appliances include hair dryers and electric drills and are usually double insulated.
By hiring a competent test and tag service provider, you will be able to improve workplace safety, avoid liability and give your employees peace of mind.