Electrical safety Services | Test and tag

Our Electrical Safety Services

What started out as an In-House service to make sure our own electrical equipment was compliant has expanded to us providing Electrical Safety Services to our clients.


 Our Electrical Safety services include:


  • Test and Tag of Appliances (Both Single Phase and Three Phase)
  • Emergency Lighting and Exit Signage Testing 
  • RCD Testing 
  • Microwave Leakage / Radiation Testing 
  • Minor repairs to Leads, Sockets and Plugs 
  • Light Bulb replacement 


What else is included in our Electrical Safety Services:


  • Detailed Reporting (electronic report emailed to you) 
  • After Hours service available 
  • Minimal disruption to your business 
  • Technically qualified technicians 
  • Professional and courteous service 



Test and Tag Services


When we talk Test and Tagging, some people ask us if its legally required, or why should we Test and Tag. The simple answer is no - not yet anyway, however, consider this;


Business and workplaces in Victoria are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) Section 21 states employers must, as far as reasonable and practicable, provide and maintain a safe working environment without risks to health. 

Thats a big statement that covers alot of areas, Including electrical safety. Simply, an employer must make sure their workers and workplaces are safe. Most prosecutions under the OHS act 2004 fall within section 21 - failing to provide a safe workplace. 

Consider that most of us in our workplaces (and homes) touch, use, handle electrical items every day - computers, kettles, microwaves, vacuum cleaners,  sandwhich makers, coffee machines,  toasters, printers, phone chargers - the list is endless. 

So, with workplace saftey in mind, the Australian standard sets out measures to ensure compliance to electrical saftey. 


How we test electrical safety 

We use calibrated appliances called Portable Appliance Testers (PAT) and run appliance specific tests including:


Visual test (have a look at the leads and appliances) 
Insulation Resistance 
Leakage Current 
Polarity 
Earth resistance 

and we measure the results against standard (and safe) levels as listed in the Australian Standard. 

If the item passed the testing, we place a non metallic, Thermal printed tag on the lead or appliance (or both). Our tags produce a QR code containing the details of the testing so that anyone can scan and see the results. 

And if the item fails a test? 

We will tag it with a "Fail" tag and let you know as soon as possible so that it can be taken out of service. 

We can also provide minor repairs such as replacing Plug Tops and Sockets and repairing split or damaged leads where practicable to.


Emergency Sign and Light Inspection and Testing

 An Essential Service that MUST be tested.


Any Public Building constructed in Australia must comply to a set of standards outlined on the National Construction Code. 


The requirements for the building to have emergency lighting and signage is included in these codes.

 
Its an essential service, and therefore, must (not maybe) be tested in accordance to Australian and New Zealand Standard 2293.2 - 1995
Its a legal requirement (therefore lillegal not to and heavy penalties apply for not doing so)  for periodic testing of emergency lighting and signage installed. 


Whats required? 


Under the standard, two tests are required per year;


6 Monthly Testing 

12 Monthly Testing


Both Tests are the same where we:


  • Visually inspect the sign or light to ensure no damge 
  • Conduct a Push button test in accordance to AS 2293 
  • Operate the emergency lighting and signage from its battery back up power by simulating a power failure (turn off the appropriate circuit breaker) and running a 90 minute test. 
  • Clean enclosures as required (done once a year)
  • Complete and report in sites essential services log any failures or comments. 

Light testing - the 90 Minute test


The standard requires us to conduct what is called a Discharge Test of 90 minutes to ensure the emergency light or sign operates as it should in case of emergency. 


Emergency lights have a rechargable battery in them, and in simple terms, they operate and  charge up the batteries when the mains power is connected. 


When power is disconnected (for whatever reason), a circut is switched to allow the light to still work from its battery power. As we all know, batteries run down (think of your mobile phone or laptop battery). So, we disconnect the lights power every 6 months to make sure the batteries and lights are going to work when you really, really need them. 


90 minutes. An hour and a half. Twice a year.  It can be done out of hours to minimise impact on your business - but it MUST be done every 6 months. 





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Fortress Group Services

19 Bambra Crescent, Cranbourne West, Victoria 3977, Australia

1300 487 377