Portable Appliance Testing Melbourne

Why Test and Tag is Essential in the Workplace?

When it comes to succeeding in business, there are so many factors.  You may be providing a great product or service to your customers and employ a vibrant productive workforce.  However, the quality of that product or service and the health and wellbeing of your workforce are heavily reliant on vital equipment and appliances.

RKH Test and Tag help keep your workplace safe and compliant through regular testing of essential equipment and appliances.

What is Test and Tag and Why is it Important?

More commonly known as Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), Test and Tag is the examination of electrical equipment and appliances. The purpose is to check whether the equipment and appliances are safe to use and if they are utilized properly.

While some may argue that appliances can be checked visually, PAT is able to determine many defects within an appliance or piece of equipment which would otherwise go undetected by just looking.

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Where is Test and Tag needed?

In a nutshell, any business which uses electrical appliances which need to be plugged in to be used MUST have routine test and tag for these appliances.
With that said, here are some examples of the types of institutions, organizations, and/or companies which require Test and Tag Services:

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Hotels, Motels and Guest Houses

where there are portable appliances in almost every room as well as kitchens, staff rooms, reception desk and restaurants.
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Cafes & Restaurants and Commercial Kitchens

for their kitchen appliances and equipment.
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Aged Care Homes and Hospitals

which have electrical medical appliances and equipment in need of constant check-up to safeguard the well-being of patients
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Offices and Employers

who have electrical appliances that are vital in running their company; examples include computers, photocopiers, air-conditioning units, etc.
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Factories

such as manufacturing or warehousing as they are very dependent on electrical machines and equipment.
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Workshops

e.g. auto mechanic
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Public Venues

for the vending machines and amenities they offer, like air-conditioning units, LED TVs, Overhead projectors, etc.
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Showrooms and Shops for appliances, cars, and furniture

since they have various devices and appliances in need of examination.
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Community clubs

since community clubs, such as those in private villages and subdivisions, are often used as venues for exclusive gatherings, maintaining the equipment is also vital.
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Start-Ups

New Businesses are particularly vulnerable to failure if appliances fail or are not being used properly. The success of the business could so easily be compromised.

What Appliances Need Test and Tag Services?

Listed below are some of the most common appliances, equipment, and machines that need testing. If your industry, business, or company uses a lot of one or more of the listed items below and you haven’t previously had them tagged or tested, it’s definitely time to do so.

  • Air Compressors
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Kitchen Appliances – (Kettle, Toaster, Blender, Coffee Machine, etc.)
  • Computers and Monitors
  • Machinery in the Factories (Not Hard Wired)
  • Drills
  • Extension Leads
  • Fax Machines
  • Fans ( Hardwired fans not required
  • Fork Lift  Chargers
  • Grinders
  • Microwave
  • Phone and Laptop Chargers
  • Photocopiers
  • Portable Electric Motor and Machinery
  • RCD/Safety switches
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machines
  • Cement Mixers
  • Air Compressors
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Kitchen Appliances – (Kettle, Toaster, Blender, Coffee Machine, etc.)
  • Computers and Monitors
  • Machinery in the Factories (Not Hard Wired)
  • Drills
  • Extension Leads
  • Fax Machines
  • Fans ( Hardwired fans not required
  • Fork Lift  Chargers
  • Grinders
  • Microwave
  • Phone and Laptop Chargers
  • Photocopiers
  • Portable Electric Motor and Machinery
  • RCD/Safety switches
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machines
  • Cement Mixers

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What Equipment Does NOT Require Testing?

Re-chargeable appliances that have very low voltage are essentially safe to use in the workplace, so by law these aren’t required to be tagged.

Examples include laptop computers, cameras, mobile phones, and torches.

Battery operated appliances themselves do not need to be tested however the chargers of these appliances do need to be tested.

What happens if Test and Tag is Not Performed?

Suffice to say, the unthinkable worst-case scenario could be loss of life.

When essential or every day appliances are not routinely checked the safety of both employees and customers is compromised. The risk is significant!

Unchecked equipment can negatively affect sales performance as well as the quality of service being offered by the company or industry.

In addition, stringent workplace regulations mean that non-compliant businesses face serious financial repercussions as well.

The damage of course extends far beyond financial. Your heavy conscience, staff morale and your business’ reputation and future success is on the line. It’s not a scenario any of us business owners want ever to face.

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Here are some other possible scenarios which can arise without regular test and tagging:

Damange to Property

Equipment becomes Faulty/ or Beyond Repair

Electrick Shock

Injury

Disability

Compliance

Businesses found to be Non-Compliant can be prosecuted for breaching Worksafe rules and face very hefty fines. With both these factors in mind, a routine tag and test inspection is an invaluable investment.

Safety

Safety is not the only incentive for keeping up to date with Testing and Tagging.

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How often should you do Test and Tag?

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Note that there is no law that specifies how often Test and Tag should be done.

While we have general guidelines, such as the one above, there are still special conditions. For instance, machinery used in construction and demolition must be subject to Test and Tag more often because they are subjected to extreme conditions, like moisture, heat, dust and dirt.

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How Long Does a Test and Tag Inspection Take?

An experience and qualified tester can examine approx. 150 items in one day in an industrial setting and approx. 300 items per day in an office setting.

This will vary from business to business depending on accessibility, whether cords are tied up, under or on top of desks and so on.

What is the Cost of Test and Tag?

You’ll be surprised, but depending on the number of items requiring testing the cost per item could be as low as $3! However, there are several factors which influence the cost such as the types of appliances and the technology being used in the examination as well as (as mentioned above) accessibility.

In general though the cost per item does decrease the more items requiring testing.

EXAMPLE PRICE LIST: (All + GST)
1 – 10 Tags / $100.00
11 – 20 Tags / $125.00
21 – 30 Tags / $150.00
31 – 100 Tags / $5.00 per Tag
101 – 500 Tags / $4.50 per Tag
501 + Tags / $4.00 per Tag

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An Affordable Business Expense for Peace of Mind and Safety

A test and tag inspection is unlikely to break the bank. It’s not a significant cost to bear. It is more about being a responsible employer or business owner and providing a safe working environment for your employees, customers, visitors, guests whilst also remaining Worksafe compliant. Test and tag helps you do that at a very affordable price.

Save on Insurance Premiums!

In addition to OH&S compliancy, regular routine inspections can also lead to lower insurance premiums. Save and Sleep Well at Night!

 

How to Find a Reputable Test & Tag Provider

With that being said, why choose RKH Test and Tag?

  • Our company is fully licensed and insured – no worries about legalities!
  • We only use the latest technology to provide the best to our clients.
  • Our services have reasonable and competitive rates.
  • We give priority to customer satisfaction.
  • Our Test and Tag services offer reader-friendly reports for better understanding.
  • We are AS/NZS 3760 & 3012 Compliant
  • We have the smoothest, most convenient process!

Our Simple 4 Step Test and Tag Process

Step 1: Get an Accurate Quote

  1. Contact us through our phone number or send a message through our website’s Contact Us form.
  2. Don’t forget to select or mention your type of business.
  3. Complete the form we’ll send you about the equipment at your workplace. Don’t worry about identifying what appliances need testing – the form will guide you through.
  4. Within 24 business hours, we’ll send you a detailed quote. If you forgot anything, we can always update the quotation. (We find once on site that there are nearly always omissions so adjustments are usually unavoidable and to be expected).
  5. From the quote, we’ll ascertain and advise the amount of time we need to complete the work.
Step 2: Make a Booking
  1. Once you agree to the quotation, we aim to be on site with you within 3-4 business days.  However, this will depend on our current schedule and the size of the job at hand.
  2.  Visitor’s pass or clearance will be arranged beforehand to prevent delays

Step 3: On Site. Getting the Job Done Efficiently.

  1. The workflow will not be disrupted while Test and Tag is being performed. The power also stays on.
  2. When the testing process has been completed, the appliances will be labeled (tagged) as to whether they are working or not.

PASSED will get a tag with dates for re test on it. Failed Items will be tagged with a FAILED Tag.

Step 4: Easy Read Reports & Follow Up.

  1. Once all appliances have been appropriately tagged we generate a report. (View Example of Test and Tag Report Here).
  2. Your report contains details of every item we’ve tested and is fully compliant with OH&S requirements. No worries, the report is easily understood!
  3. We’ll keep in touch with a reminder well before your next test and tag review is due.

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