Test & Tagging

Test & Tagging

All electrical companies have the ability to perform testing and tagging services, however, Sparkychics testing and tagging service is superior to others in the industry for several reasons.

Firstly

We have a team of highly qualified and experienced electricians who undergo regular training to stay up to date with the latest industry standards and regulations. This ensures that we provide a service that is accurate and in compliance with all relevant industry and safety standards.

Secondly

Sparkychics use state-of-the-art testing equipment that is regularly calibrated to ensure accuracy and reliability. We also follow a rigorous testing and tagging process that covers all aspects of electrical safety, including visual inspections, electrical testing, and tagging of equipment. This ensures that all potential hazards are identified and corrected before they can cause harm.

Moreover

Sparkychics provide a personalized service that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. We work closely with businesses to understand their requirements and provide customized solutions that are efficient and cost-effective. We provide asset registers with detailed reports and recommendations help businesses to identify potential hazards and take corrective action, thereby ensuring a safe and compliant workplace.

Overall, Sparkychics testing and tagging service is superior to others in the industry due to our expertise, quality of service, and commitment to safety. We are a trusted partner for businesses looking to maintain a safe working environment and comply with all relevant safety regulations.

Do I need to have my workplace equipment tagged?

As prescribed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 – Division 2 — Primary duty of care 19.

1. A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of —(a) workers engaged, or caused to be engaged, by the person; and (b) workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the person, while the workers are at work in the business or undertaking.

2. A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

3. Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable —(a) the provision and maintenance of a work environment without risks to health and safety; and (b) the provision and maintenance of safe plant and structures;

Most employers find the easiest way to meet this obligation, is to engage the services of an electrical contractor to undertake the testing. 

Our electricians and technicians have the qualification and experience to ensure your workplace is electrically safe. 

How do you test and tag?

Our testing process is as follows:

1.  The equipment to be tested is shut down and isolated from the power source before testing. Appliances are visually inspected for evidence of external or internal damage. Common visual defects include cuts to leads, exposed wiring or damaged to protective casings. 

2. Equipment is then put through a series of electrical tests using a portable appliance tester. The tests undertaken are dependent on the equipment class and include verification of the earthing system and the insulation of the appliance. 

3. Once the item has proven to be electrically sound, we tag the item and record the testing details. Failed items are immediately tagged out of service and reported to the appropriate person in the workplace. 

We have the expertise and equipment to under take single phase appliance testing, three phase testing and leakage testing and always test to the Australian Standard, AS/NZ 3760:2010.

Residual Current Devices

What is an RCD?

A residual current device (RCD) is a safety switch that helps protect you, your employees and anyone with access to your workplace.

When an RCD detects a problem with your power supply, it switches the power off within 10 to 300 milliseconds to prevent electric shock.

Do I need to have my RCD’s tested?

All RCDs have a test button that should be pressed every three months. Pushing the test button simulates a fault and indicates whether or not the RCD is operating correctly. 

RCDs should also be injection tested at intervals dependent on the type of workplace and environment. Injection testing indicates that the RCD is tripping and its tripping within the required timeframe (less than 300ms).

What happens if an RCD fails testing?

RCD’s which fail to trip within 300ms should be immediately made unserviceable and replaced. 

Remember to use a licensed electrical contractor when installing new or additional RCDs. As a licensed electrical contractor employing licensed electricians, we are able to replace failed RCD’s immediately to reduce disruption to your workplace. 

We have the expertise and equipment to under take single phase RCD testing, three phase RCD testing and portable RCD testing and always test to the Australian Standard, AS/NZ 3760:2022. 

Other Services

Microwave Leakage Testing

As microwave ovens use electromagnetic radiation to cook food, they can leak electromagnetic radiation if they are damaged  and this radiation cannot be detected without the use of the correct equipment.

All workplace microwaves should be tested for electrical safety and radiation leakage. 

Testing involves using a microwave leakage detector that uses a sensor to detect microwave radiation leakage. Microwaves with radiation levels above 5mW/cm2 should be tagged out of service immediately. 

Emergency Light Testing

Exit and Emergency lighting provides safe passage lighting for occupants to exit a building in the event of a loss of lighting. Emergency lights are fitted with back up batteries which are required to provide light for at least 90 minutes in the event of a loss of lighting.  

An appropriately qualified person such as a licensed electrician should test and inspect emergency lighting every 6 months. 

VRD Testing

Electric shock from a welder power source can cause serious injuries to the human body. These injuries are not always immediately noticeable. The risk of shock from a welder is increased when used in hazardous areas such as wet, caustic or salty environments. 

A VRD reduces this risk to the operator. With a VRD attached to a welding machine, the maximum voltage across the output terminals of the machine is reduced from its maximum unloaded value to a safe value, usually about 12 volts.  1674.2 specifies that the welding voltage must be less than 35 Volts DC and 25 Volts AC. When less than 200 Ohms resistance is applied to the welding machine’s output the VRD will sense it and immediately turn on the machine’s full output. 

The VRD is designed to turn the output of the welder back to a reduced output state when the resistance across the output reaches 200 ohms or when the electrode is removed from the workpiece.