Frequently Asked Questions
Please read below for more information on what we do and why it is paramount to have all your electrical and fire equipment tested by our qualified personnel adhering to; Portable Appliance Testing – The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3760:2022.
Having your workplace tested and tagged helps to avoid the risk of an injury to an employee, client or another third party. Compliance with Occupational Health & Safety requires that an employer must ensure that any risk of injury from electricity at a place of work is eliminated or that the risk is controlled by regular testing, maintenance and inspection of all electrical equipment to ensure that it remains safe for use.
Records must be kept of all inspections made and maintenance carried out on all electrical appliances, specific details need to be kept as required by the act.
The purpose of testing electrical equipment is to detect any adverse conditions that could render it electrically unsafe.
The piggybacking of power-boards is not recommended as this causes excessive heat and may cause current overload. If you need to piggyback have a registered electrician install an extra power point.
Double adaptors are not recommended and should be replaced by an approved power-board with RCD fitted and surge protection device
Yes, Portable RCD units are recommended to be used when using any power tool inside or out. These devices are designed to trip in less than 30 milliseconds which will most likely save you from electrocution and are designed to trip quicker than your circuit breakers
Yes, second-hand equipment needs to be tested before the use or sale of a second-hand item, this is done to reduce the risk of electrocution or fire from the item. The OCEI (Office of Chief Electrical Inspector) has initiated a program to ensure that all relevant suppliers of second-hand electrical equipment sold to the general public are required to ensure that these items are tested and appropriately labelled.
You will notice that charity shops and most op shops no longer sell second-hand electrical equipment now that awareness has been made of the risks involved.
All Generator that is used on works site should have an RCD fitted. These RCDs are required to be tested monthly. A generator without an RCD should not be used and cant be tested. All generators should be earthed at all times. It is easy to overlook this simple safety action when starting up a generator. A 240 Volt generator conducts the same type of power as supplied to your location by the electrical utility provider. Earthing of the generator will help protect users from serious injury.
According to the AS1851, fire extinguisher test and refill services should occur at the following intervals:
- All portable and wheeled fire extinguishers need to be tested every 6 months.
- Pressure testing and refills should be carried out at least once every 5 years.
Yes, AS/NZS2293.2 outlines the Routine Service and Maintenance tasks that must be undertaken and recorded on a 6 monthly, 12 monthly and 10 yearly basis in order to ensure that the system operates correctly as per the installed design.
Portable Appliance Testing – The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3760:2022 clearly defines the requirements of routine inspection and testing of in-service electrical equipment.
In-service testing is necessary for the safety of persons using the equipment and for the proper discharge of the obligations of employers and employees, as listed in legislation covering occupational health and safety matters.
The Standard specifies the minimum testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment.
Inspection and testing intervals can range from 3, 6, 12 up to 5 years testing schedules