If you want to pass your next routine inspection from WorkSafe, you need to make sure all of your electrical safety testing requirements have been fulfilled. Failure to comply can result in organisational fines up to $50,000.
In New Zealand, you are required test and inspect electrical appliances according to the AS/NZS3760 standard for in-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment. If you want to know how to perform an electrical safety test and keep your workplace safe, check out the rest of our blog.
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How to do an electrical safety test
1. Find a professional to inspect your equipment
Unless you have a member of your staff that has been professionally trained to administer tests, you need to find an external company to come and perform the inspections.
If you want to know how to perform an electrical safety test yourself, perhaps you should consider joining the Jim’s Test & Tag team. We provide thorough training to all of our fran-chisees, in accordance with the latest safety testing standards.
2. The technician will perform a visual inspection
A trained eye can spot damaged electrical devices a mile away. The technician will perform a thorough visual inspection to identify any external signs of damage.
3. The technician will use a portable appliance testing tool to run diagnostics
Using state of the art equipment, a trained technician will check that your appliance is working properly. There are additional diagnostic tools that can be used for residual current devic-es as well as earth fault loop impedance testing.
The technician will check for things like earth continuity resistance, insulation resistance, and lead polarity.
4. All tests need to be documented
Anyone who has been trained in how to perform an electrical safety test knows that the documentation process is very important. There are two important parts to this process.
– Updating or attaching a tag to the piece of the equipment that has been tested. This should have the date of the test as well as information about who performed the test.
– Compiling a written report that you can file away for backup.
Every time a test is completed, the re-testing date needs to be included in the results. Testing intervals vary depending on the environment and type of equipment. Your technician should be across the standards and requirements in different sectors.
How much is an electrical safety test?
The cost of each test can vary on a case by case basis. There is an easy way to get an estimate — simply fill in the free quote form on our website and we will get back to you ASAP with a quote. That way, there won’t be any surprises after you’ve had your safety inspections completed.
Contact Jim’s Test & Tag Today
Wondering how to perform an electrical safety test? You can see our technicians in action when you book them in to inspect your workplace.
Stay on top of safety in your business so that you can tell the workplace inspectors to mind their own business. Remain compliant and safe always.
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