Getting injured at work is 15% more likely in a factory or warehouse environment than in most workplace environments in Australia and depending on what the factory or warehouse is used for, the risk factors are greater if they use large amounts of electricity. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure all high voltage electrical systems and equipment are thoroughly maintained and tested regularly.
What does tag and tested mean?
Tag and tested is an industry term for ensuring all electrical devices that are used onsite are checked from an electrical safety standpoint to ensure the safety of everyone on site. Some strict Australian guidelines and regulations must be adhered to with regards to electrical safety. The guideline sets out recommendations and instructions for testing and tagging, how to handle certain situations and who can tag and test equipment.
Tagging and testing involve two parts: first is the visual inspection of the system or equipment for any form of damage to ensure that it is safe to tag. Next, the system or equipment is electrically tested using a Portable Appliance Tester or another form of testing equipment.
Once the system or equipment is tested, it is then tagged to confirm that qualified personnel have been tested and is safe to operate.
How often should a workplace be tagged and tested?
In a factory or warehouse environment, high voltage electrical systems and equipment should be tested and tagged every three months. The reasons for such a regular testing routine is the dangerous nature of these workplace environments.
Within these environments, employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their employees and there are legislative to ensure this is upheld. If an employer does not adhere to such legislation, they may be liable. Given that factories and warehouses tend to use the equipment in a lot harsher fashion than those of other workplace environments, the equipment is generally damaged at a faster rate and therefore risk of electrical exposure increases.
Who can tag and test electrical systems and equipment?
In Queensland, you must have a Restricted Electrical Contractors License to tag any form of electrical equipment within a workplace. These must be checked and maintained by a licensed electrician, like Asset Power Solutions when it comes to high voltage electrical systems. Having a highly experienced electrician testing your electrical systems ensures that the chances of a dangerous electrical situation arising are very minimal.
What type of equipment needs to be tagged and tested?
If a device conducts electricity and is within the workplace, then it needs to be tested. It can be anything from an electric drill to a large electrical system. When it comes to workplace equipment, there are two types of classes:
- Class I – Earthed equipment/appliances. These are any pieces of equipment where the metal chassis is connected to the earth via an earth wire and powered by a 3-pin plug. Things like toasters, kettles and irons are deemed an earthed appliance.
- Class II – Unearthed equipment. This is when the piece of equipment is double insulated and not connected to the earth. The equipment has two or more layers of electrical insulation between current-carrying components and the user. An example of Class II equipment is a portable generator.
Want to ensure your warehouse and factory is safe? Contact Asset Power Solutions today
Our team of highly trained electricians have decades of experience working with high voltage electrical systems in all types of workplaces. Given the potential danger when working with high voltage electrical systems in a factory or warehouse environment, approaching a professional should be an easy choice.
Contact Us today and talk to one of our experienced team members who can talk you through the process and map out the best course of action for your workplace.