Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Testing Take?
Generally it will only take a few minutes to test and tag each piece of equipment, meaning that to test and tag a computer workstation in an office will take about the same time as it will take for a tea break. We will work with you to minimise disruptions to the work routine.
How Do We Pay?
We have a mobile card reader capable of taking eftpos, visa or mastercard available on the day. We also accept Electronic Funds Transfers
What is Involved With The Test?
- Isolating the piece of equipment from the power supply
- Visual Inspection of the equipment- this is a very important step as sometimes this is where failed equipment is identified as 'Failed'
- Depending on the type of equipment a variety of electrical tests are conducted
- Earth Continuity
- Insulation Resistance
- RCD trip times
- Three Phase clamp testing
What is the Australian Standard AS 3760?
AS 3760 enables persons responsible for the safety of electrical equipment in the workplace to instigate an inspection and testing programme to achieve that aim. It also enables persons undertaking the inspection and testing to carry out the task in a safe and effective manner.
This standard defines the In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.
SafeWork SA refer to this Standard for the testing of electrical equipment in workplace.
It defines the minimum inspection and testing intervals. Click on the ‘Test Period’ link at the bottom of this page for more information.
What happens if the equipment is found faulty?
If any electrical equipment we test is found to be faulty we tag it with a ‘Failed’ tag.
At the conclusion of the testing the responsible person in the workplace will be require to sign a form acknowledging the failed equipment will be taken out of service. It will be then up to this person to decide whether the faulty item is to be repaired or discarded.
Some minor repairs can be provided by Asset Test and Tag on site to enable the faulty item to be retested and put back into service.
Why Can't I Do The Tests Myself?
The Australian Standard states that a licenced electrician, or a competent person who has the knowledge and training to undertake the testing.
Specialised equipment such as a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) would be needed as this is designed to do the testing efficiently with a focus on operator safety while carrying out the tests.
What Test Equipment is Used?
We use state of the art portable ‘Clevermode System’ which consist of a Metrel AlphaPat, a Zebra thermal tag printer and a hand held tablet device.
The data from the testing is downloaded to our software which in turn provides you with detailed test results.
What is an RCD?
A Residual Current Device (RCD) is a safety device that should be used to provide additional protection to the operator of hand tools.
A RCD can either be built into your power points or be a portable unit.
RCD’s are designed to protect against electrocution by detecting an out of balance current flow through the device, if detected they are designed to ‘trip’ in less than 30 milliseconds protecting the operator of the hand tools.
What is the difference between earthed and double insulated equipment?
Usually earthed or ‘Class I’ equipment has lots of exposed metal which is why it requires earthing.
Many modern hand tools and appliances are double insulated which means they do not have an earth, they are generally identified by the words ‘Class II’
The testing procedure is different depending upon if it is earthed or double insulated.
How much does it cost?
We have a minimum charge of $100 (plus GST) which will generally enable us to service a small office of say 4 people.
Our charges are based on the number and type of tests that are done. As the scope of the job grows generally the charges reduce when there is a high quantity of tests involved.
After discussing your needs we may decide to do a site inspection prior to providing the quote, this way we get the opportunity to see if there is any additional work in providing the service – this way there are no surprises for either party.
When the service is provided in a remote location we reserve to right to charge a surcharge.
How soon can the service be provided?
Generally we are booked up to a month in advance, depending upon the scope of the service we may be able to slip your job into our schedule.