Many people view professional test and tag services in Perth as just another one of those rules we have to follow for no clear reason. However, this is far from an arbitrary rule. There are a hundred good reasons why abiding by the recommended testing and tagging schedule is a very wise idea for your business.
First and foremost, the rules are there to protect you, your business and your customers. Failing to test and tag equipment properly could mean that a fault goes undetected until it is too late. A faulty appliance that is unchecked could result in an electric shock, either minor or major. As an owner or manager of a business it is your responsibility to maintain a duty of care. You should go to reasonable lengths to eliminate risk or in a case where that is not possible, minimise the threat with regular testing, monitoring and reporting.
If you do not test and tag, there are bound to be some financial consequences. Unfortunately, electrical equipment does not last forever. Sooner or later, there is bound to be some piece in your workplace which would fail a test. The trick is to catch it as soon as possible, which is what a regular test and tag service will accomplish. If something has a fault, and either causes a shock, sparks, or overheating, then it will likely be irreparable. The appliance itself will need to be replaced, and in most cases the incident has caused damage to the surrounding electrics such as burning the power point or fried the wiring. All this adds up and you will be left wishing you had the forethought to arrange a regular service. The good news is that a test and tag service costs very little in comparison to many other electrical fees. The job doesn’t take long, and the work is fairly straight forward for someone who knows what they are doing.
One common problem that electricians face is business owners who only get their equipment tested on occasion, for example once every four years. Employers may think that they are saving money by cutting out a few visits in between, however this is a highly unsafe practice. Some items only need to be tested on rare occasions, once every five years. These are appliances which are not in regular use. Other items, particularly those in high use, may need at least a visual inspection four times per year, and a full electrical test and tag every six months to a year. Equipment which is considered high risk or used in a hazardous environment will also require more regular testing. You will be able to classify your equipment either by chatting to a licensed electrician or by reading the OH&S guidelines. If you only arrange rare testing for all equipment, then the records provided will be of little help to your electrician next time. Regular testing and recording means that the actual service is very efficient and you can get on with your day.
Finally, perhaps the most motivating factor for business owners to comply is that WorkCover does conduct audits to ensure you are doing the right thing. Should an audit be conducted and it is found that you have failed to comply, then you will either be heavily fined or even legally prosecuted for negligence. Of course, the easiest way to avoid all of this is to find a trustworthy electrician who will help you keep on top of your responsibilities. Have a chat to the Friendly Test and Tag Team in Perth at TestCorp.