What equipment needs testing in my workplace?
All electrical items designed for connection by flexible supply cord and plug top to 240v or 415v volt power needs to be inspected, tested and tagged in every type of workplace, organisation, or community centre.
The following items are excluded from testing and tagging under AS/NZS 3760:2010:-
- Fixed or “hard wired” items
- Items at a height exceeding 2.5mtrs
- Items which need to be dismantled to establish safety of operation
- Demonstration items, sample items or new stock in a retail or warehouse outlet
Does our "Safety Switch" (RCD) need regular testing and tagging?
Yes. Your RCD needs to be tested and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 3760:2010 to ensure that it will respond in a fault situation, and that it will also respond within the required time frame. Should it not trip in the required time, a fatal and extensive electric shock may be delivered.
Additionally, WHS Regulations state all businesses must have a RCD protecting all hostile circuits, and that the RCDs must be tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3760:2010.
ATS will inspect, test and tag your RCDs to ensure that they comply with the standard and safe lives in an emergency situation.
Do my double insulated appliances require testing and tagging?
Double insulated appliances (eg drills, angle grinders, and some kitchen appliances) only have two pins - an active and a neutral. The plugs of some double insulated appliances may have an earth pin which is not connected. These items usually have the markings of a square box within a square box or double D. These symbols indicate that the appliance is double insulated.
Double insulated appliances should be tested and tagged in accordance with Table 4 of AS/NZS 3760:2010 or the QLD Electrical Safety Regulations 2013.
What is Microwave Leakage Testing?
Whenever a microwave oven is turned on, radioactive energy is produced causing the water in food to vibrate rapidly. This rapid vibration produces heat, which in turn, cooks the food. The energy produced by microwaves can also penetrate through living tissue which is why excessive exposure is harmful to our health.
Slamming the oven door, dirt or food particles caught in the door seals and hinges, or basic wear and tear all cause the oven door to slightly separate from the oven enclosure. Once this happens, invisible, but highly dangerous microwaves leak through the small space and can cause irreversible damage and injury to the user.
Microwave leakage testing will determine whether your microwave has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer safe to use.
Can ATS repair my items if they fail testing?
ATS are committed to ensuring your business experiences minimal disruption during the testing and tagging of your items. ATS therefore offer a convenient on site Plug and Socket repair service and can supply replacement Extension Leads, IEC Leads and Powerboards.
Please note, due to state legislation, on site Plug and Socket repairs are not permitted to be completed by ATS in QLD.
ATS can also supply Fire Extinguishers and arrange for the repair of RCDs and Exit and Emergency Lighting systems.
What is test and tag?
Test and Tag is a process of carefully visually inspecting each appliance for damage to flex, connections, guards, covers and plug by a competent technician. Once the technician is assured the item is safe to electrically inspect, the item’s insulation, earthing and polarity may be tested to ensure it is electrically safe.
Test and Tag is a method of ensuring compliance with Australian WHS and Electrical Safety regulations and workplace safety.
Portable appliances such as power tools and kettles are items that are most frequently handled by workers are also the most open to abuse and hostile environmental conditions – which can cause them to become electrically unsafe. Under most state and territory regulations, these appliances in hostile operating environments must be tested and tagged on a regular basis to ensure their safe operation.
In order to comply with WHS legislation and satisfy your duty of care, all workplaces Australia-wide must be able to demonstrate safe systems of work; as such detailed records of the test are kept by the technician.
Testing and tagging has been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a strategy to ensure the safety of portable electrical appliances in the workplace and is legislated in Australia.
You can refer to more information on our Test and Tag page.
For any questions or to get a FREE Quote please call our National Support Office at 1300 287 669
Are ATS registered electrical contractors?
Whilst it is not a requirement in most states of Australia, ATS are registered electrical contractors in the following states:-
How soon can I start?
Setting up a new business, be it a franchise or otherwise, needs a great deal of thought and consideration. For this reason at ATS we dont like to rush our franchisee selection process and prefer that prospective franchisees take enough time to ensure that they have conducted their own research and due diligence and sought appropriate advice from third party advisers before signing on the dotted line.
ATS currently has territories available across all Australian States and Territories and, as the ATS test and tag franchise is a mobile business our recruitment process is not delayed by searching for suitable available premises or entering into lengthy lease negotiations.
However to ensure compliance with the disclosure requirements of the Franchise Code of Conduct, we estimate that the minimum period from initial enquiry to the first day in your new business could be 6-8 weeks.
Do you offer Territories?
Yes, we believe that by having a territory, or Designated Marketing Area as we prefer to call them, our franchisees can grow and develop their local test and tag business and build a tangible asset for their future.
ATS currently has DMA's available in all States and Territories.
Does ATS have a Quality system certified to ISO 9001?
ATS’s quality control procedures provide protocols and reporting recognised as the best available in Australia. ATS is also in the process of achieving QA certification to ISO 9001.