Electrocution, electric shocks, burns and falls; these are all terms that we have certainly heard with a lot of dread multiple times. And they happen more often than you think!
The reason behind accidents is not always negligence. But it stands true that due diligence and compliance with safety standards can greatly reduce instances of such accidents. This saves both time and money, and of course the reduction in damage to life is the most significant aspect here.
That being said, many countries have upgraded their policies regarding compliance and safety standards, which is where electrical test tags come in. Through this article, we aim to lay down the fundamental concepts regarding testing and tagging by answering basic questions regarding the subject matter.
What is it exactly?
The process of testing electrical equipment involves making sure that the equipment is in good working condition and is not liable to faults that could prove to be fatal.
- Testing and tagging of electrical equipment involves two basic steps. The first is visual inspection, during which equipment is inspected to make sure there are no visible defects such as frayed wires. The second step involves the use of Portable Appliance Tests to make sure the functioning of the device is also up to date.
- Electrical test tags are then attached to the device.
What information does the tag hold?
After testing a device, the results are evaluated and then attached to the device through a tag. These tags are color coded. The four colors used primarily are red, green, blue and yellow. Other colors are also present such as orange, white and black etc. can be used, but are not used as frequently.
The colors of the test tags usually signify the time at which testing was performed on a particular piece of equipment. For instance, a red tag may signify that the testing was performed on the appliance from December to February; a green might be for testing done from March to May and so on.
What records ought to be maintained?
As with all important information, a careful log of certain points regarding testing and tagging of electrical equipment should be maintained. This should cover the following basic information:
- When was the equipment tested,
- When it is due for a re-test,
- The name of the person performing the test,
- The level of associated assessed risk
Besides this, it would also be helpful to list down any and all repairs that were performed on the appliance.
Does all equipment need to be tested?
As all equipment is prone to accidents, it would be advisable to test all new and old equipment. After all, no price is too big for ensuring the protection of precious and irreplaceable lives!
Is it essential?
All electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. Just like sheathed pointed nails of a cat, they are always present and when provoked in a wrong manner, they will hurt you. This is why, yes! It is extremely important to test all electrical equipment.
Who is it important for?
Testing and tagging of electrical equipment is usually affiliated with industrial set ups in our mind. It is important to remember here that electrical equipment is present all around us, at home too! So to make sure that we provide the maximum protection to our family, all equipment at home should be inspected too.
For the workplace, employers stand to lose a tremendous lot in case they neglect this responsibility. Not only does this put out a bad reputation of ignoring civil duty, it can also lead to loss of precious lives and open you up to lawsuits.