Surge Power Board Protection 101

We have such a large number of gadgets today and they nearly all have sensitive electronic components particularly for our entertainment and computing equipment. We are told that we need to protect that equipment for Electrical surges from our mains power supply. The easiest and most convenient way is to buy a Surge Protected Power Board … However, not all surge protectors are alike, and some even put your gadgets at risk. So what is the Difference between a Surge Protected Power Board and a plain power board? Firstly, not every power board is a surge protected power board. It may sound basic, but it’s a fundamental piece of knowledge you’ll need. While a power board just splits your outlet into multiple ports, a surge protector is designed to protect your computer, TV, and other electronics against power surges and any interference or noise on your power line. Power surges may not be an everyday event, but they’re common enough that they can damage your equipment. What to look for: Look for a Label that states its Surge Protected and also look for a led light on the board which indicates that it the Surge Protection is working when the board is plugged in. This will act as a check if there has been major surge event in the Mains power supply.  If the led light goes off the Surge protection may be blown and it will indicate that it is no longer working even though the board is still supplying power to connected devices. Buy one with right number of outlets they come in typically 6,8,12 outlets (this avoids connecting many boards together compromising your protection and potentially overloading power to appliances from the power-point.) DO NOT buy single a single outlet device they are usually cheap and provide poor protection your expensive appliances. Do not connect High current appliances to a Surge Protected power Board they are designed for sensitive Low Power Devices (Tvs, DVD Players, Game Consoles, Hi-fi, Computer Devices etc) for example, do not connect Kitchen appliances, Air Conditioners, Tools and Workshop equipment to a Surge Protected Power Board Always check the design specifications

  • Energy absorption/dissipation – This rating, given in joules, tells you how much energy the surge protector can absorb before it fails. A higher number indicates greater protection. Look for a protector that is at least rated at 200joules. For better protection, look for a rating of 600 joules or more.
  • Clamping voltage. The clamping voltage is the voltage that will trigger the surge protector—or essentially when the surge protector wakes up and starts absorbing energy. Look for something around 400 V or less. Lower is better here. Finally, see if response time is listed in the product details—it’s good to know, and lower is better
  •  Response time – Surge protectors don’t kick in immediately; there is a very slight delay as they respond to the power surge. A longer response time tells you that your computer (or other equipment) will be exposed to the surge for a greater amount of time. Look for a surge protector that responds in less than 20 nanoseconds.
  • As mentioned before,It is best to look for a Surge protected board with an indicator light that tells you if the protection components are functioning

Importantly: Make sure you’re informed before you buy, and read the back of the box or the product details before you buy anything. You don’t want to invest in a surge protector only to find out that it’s far too weak to protect your devices, or it’s a surge protector in name only. Remember,  the most expensive is not always the best. The best thing to do is figure out what you need to protect and buy accordingly.

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At Tested and True …We test Safety Switches as well as other electrical testing services. We come to your work place at a time convenient to you. We can do an assessment of your Electrical Hazards it can be conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommedations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568 Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one neat piece of equipment. On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEP008 in test & tag operations by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price. Call Now Mobile 040 7605568 Visit us at http://www.testedandtrue.com.au or our Newsletter http://testedtruenewsletter.blogspot.com/ Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide April 2014

Why does my Safety Switch keep tripping?

Electrical Safety Switch Tripping possibilities

Electrical Safety Switches  are RCDs ( Residual Current Devices)  that remove the supply to an electrical circuit when the circuit under protection has detected a leakage to earth. The RCD/Safety Switch responds in mere mili -seconds; avoiding an unsafe condition and thereby potentially preventing electrocution or Fire hazard.

Possible Causes Of Safety Switch/RCD Tripping

Faulty appliance – unplug all electrical appliances, does the RCD reset OK? If the RCD resets OK plug the appliances back in one at a time. Reset the RCD as you plug each appliance back in to find the faulty appliance.

Items with motors or pumps starting – many items with motors or pumps, for instance showers and pond pumps, cause momentary electrical spikes that are big enough to trip RCDs. Seek advice from a qualified electrician.

Older washing machines – aging washing machine heating elements can cause momentary electrical spikes that are big enough to trip RCDs.

Certain wash cycle phases – some cycles of the washing machine, for instance the spin cycle, can cause momentary electrical spikes that are big enough to trip RCDs.

Certain dishwasher cycles – some parts of the dishwasher cycle draw a lot of current, a faulty component, for instance the motor, can trip an RCD.

Overloading a washing machine – too many items in a washing machine can cause certain wash cycles, for instance the spin cycle, to trip an RCD.

Fridges and freezers cooling – the fridge or freezer cooling motor starting.

Turning an heating element on after a long time of being off – moisture in heating elements can trip an RCD, for instance in a sun bed or electric fire. Try resetting the RCD a few times so that the heating element can cause the moisture to evaporate.

Moisture in outside electrical distribution boxes – remove the supply and dry the distribution box. Check the weather seals have not perished.

Moisture in outside electrical sockets – remove the supply and dry the electrical socket. Check the weather seals have not perished.

De-frost timer on a fridge or freezer – a faulty defrost element on a fridge or freezer can cause ‘nuisance’ RCD tripping.

Water heating elements – faulty water heating elements can cause nuisance RCD trips when thethermostat tells them to heat the water.

Moisture in wiring – moisture in the electrical wiring is a common cause of RCD trips. Have you just emptied a bath? Taken a shower? Is it raining – rain can get into the electrical wiring under the floors or in the loft.

As you may have found this list contains certain  conditions that may give clue to an RCD tripping. In most cases this concerns appliances or situations that involve at least one or a combination of  three conditions 1) Moisture leaking electricity to earth in the appliance or premises wiring. 2) A heating element that is either faulty or drawing sudden electrical surges. 3) An appliance with an electric motor that is either faulty or drawing sudden electrical surges.

If you have trouble sourcing constant or intermittent RCD/Safety Switch Tripping then Contact us and we can send a Qualified Electrician around to check it they can source and fix it on the spot.

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At Tested and True …We test Safety Switches as well as other electrical testing services. We come to your work place at a time convenient to you. We can do an assessment of your Electrical Hazards it can be conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommedations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568 Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one neat piece of equipment. On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEP008 in test & tag operations by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price. Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide January 2014

What does a Testing and Tagging Technician Actually do?

Many of our clients organise regular test and tagging services simply because it is easier and safer.

A regular program of testing and tagging comprises of: (standard 10/15Amp 3 wire cabled appliance and plugged multi phase equipment)

A visual check to ensure the integrity of the Electrical cord and Appliance construction

  • The Technician looks for Cuts and breaks in appliance and power cables may present as an  electrical hazard.
  • An inspection of the integrity of the appliance housing looking for cracks and holes which may expose personnel to an electrical hazard.

A series of electrical tests are then conducted to detect the unobservable faults not found by the visual inspection process, and forms an integral part of the inspection/testing process.

The equipment is turned off to allow the technician access to the appliance plug. All tests are performed by disconnecting the appliance from the building power and connecting the plug to an insulation tester or a Portable Appliance Test-set built for the purpose of performing the tests automatically and uniformly. These Tests are:

  1. Earthing continuity test: (specifically for metal shrouded appliances) to ensure there is adequate connection between the earth pin on the plug of the appliance and the metal cover shrouding the appliance.
  2. Insulation resistance test: to ensure that no path exists with the appliance/lead for electrical current to transit from the active wires to earth.
  3. Continuity Loop test: to make the sure that the active circuit which powers the appliance has a good solid connection and in no way presents as an electrical hazard.
  4. Polarity Test: (only for items which distribute power: leads, power-boards, adapters etc) to ensure that the wires of an extension cord/power board appear the same order of connection at the plug as the do at the socket

Other Equipment Tests Include:

 RCD test to test the tripping time of a RCD to ensure your safety switch or RCD does work properly and switches off in a fault situation quick enough to save personnel from Harm.

3Phase Test: usually high powered workshop and building site equipment with multiple active wire connections (tests performed on 3phase test are similar to that of standard appliance tests outlined above)

Emergency Exit sign test: Tests the ability for an emergency exit sign to stay on when power is off 30 minutes is the expected time, if it fails to reach the expected time then the circuitry/ battery will be in need repair or replacement .

That is it, in a very basic overview if you need to know more please either contact us or contact Safe-Work SA (South Australia) http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/  1300 365 255 or The Workplace Safety Authority in your local area.

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At Tested and True …we come to your work place at a time convenient to you. We can do an assessment of your Electrical Hazards it can be conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommendations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568 Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one neat piece of equipment. On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEPOO8 in test & tag operations by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price. Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

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Peter Hill Manager Tested & True ~ test & tag Manager SA 0407605568 January 2014

Buyers Guide to Surge Protected Power Boards

How do surge protected power boards work ?
At first glance a surge protected power board operates like any other Power Board. It shows its ability at that moment when too much voltage gets passed along the transmission line , the surge protected board lets only a ‘safe’ amount through to the connected equipment. The rest it channels into the electrical outlet’s ‘earth’ and safely dissipated into the ground.
When a surge occurs at a certain level above normal voltage, a component built into the surge protected power board becomes conductive and starts to carry the excess electric current back down through the ground wire, so the damaging high voltage doesn’t reach connected equipment. Once the surge ends, that protective component resumes its ‘dormant’ stage of being non-conductive. It’s a bit like an electrical version of a pressure valve.
Australian domestic wiring is designed for a standard voltage of 230–240 volts. If the voltage goes too far above that, it can damage electronic equipment, which usually has many sensitive components. If excess voltage lasts for a very brief time (1–2 nanoseconds) it’s called a spike. If it lasts longer it’s called a surge. Even though a spike or surge can be so brief their duration is measured in nanoseconds, they can still cause damage to sensitive components. It is vitally important to protect sensitive business equipment, Computers, printers, photocopiers etc these items of equipment are sensitive to Surges in voltage.
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So what sort of a Surge Protected Board should you Buy ? Here are the specifications you should consider…Energy absorption/dissipation – This rating, given in joules, tells you how much energy the surge protector can absorb before it fails. A higher number indicates greater protection. Look for a protector that is at least rated at 200 to 400 joules. For better protection, look for a rating of 600 joules or more.
Response time – Surge protectors don’t kick in immediately; there is a very slight delay as they respond to the power surge. A longer response time tells you that your computer (or other equipment) will be exposed to the surge for a greater amount of time. Look for a surge protector that responds in less than Ten nanoseconds.
It is best to look for a Surge protected board with an indicator light that tells you if the protection components are functioning. Eventually the protection component will burn out after continual power surges, but the board will still function as a power connection. Without an indicator light, you have no way of knowing if your protector is still functioning properly.
Other important features may include ?
Building wiring status indicator: Detects potentially dangerous wiring problems in the wall outlet.
Circuit breaker: Protects the surge board from overload by connected devices drawing too much current.
EMI noise filtration: This reduces or eliminates line noise (electrical interference).
Other connections: Surge protected sockets for coaxial cable, modem or Ethernet network, all of which can also conduct high voltage that can damage connected devices.
Outlet spacing: Allows more room for one or more devices that use a transformer block.
Sockets: Check the number of mains power sockets available, usually from four to eight.

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Take Care of your Workplace Appliances and Cords

PULL THE PLUG… NOT THE LEAD!

Pulling the plug out of the socket by the lead will eventually expose the single wires which weakens its insulation and therefore increases electrocution risk. The Image below shows what happens to plugs pulled out by the leads
Exposed wires from pulling on lead

KEEP POWER LEADS AWAY FROM HEAT AND WATER.

Heat or water can damage the insulation and create a shock hazard.

POWER LEADS UNDER CARPETS ARE A FIRE HAZARD.

Don’t run electric cords under rugs, through doorways or anywhere they will get excessive wear.

INSPECT POWER LEADS AND POWER BOARDS

Worn, they can cause fires, short circuits or shocks. Check electrical cords and plugs and discard them if they are worn or damaged.

ELIMINATE MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS ON ONE POWER POINT

Plugging a number of cords into one outlet is a fire hazard. It usually indicates that your home wiring is outdated for your needs and that you should have more outlets wired in.

DO NOT CASCADE FROM ONE POWER BOARD TO ANOTHER OR OVERLOAD POWER BOARDS

Generally use Power Boards for Low current devices not Heaters, Kettles, and rotating machinery. Avoid cascading or connecting power boards together in chain arrangement as this may overload a 10 amp power wall socket and cause a fire or compromise the the electrical safety of the items attached to the power boards. Here below is an image of a burnt out power board which ran a 2400 Watt heater plus other electrical items. Note the burnt out socket.
Burnt out Neutral connection _ Personal and Fire Hazard

DON’T USE EXTENSION CORDS AS PERMANENT WIRING.

An extension cord is a handy device to temporarily bring power to an area in your home that does not have an outlet. It was never designed to take the place of permanent wiring. Using extension cords as permanent wiring is an indication that your home wiring is not adequate and should be updated.

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Here at Tested & True ~ test & tag, we can come to your work place and do an assessment of your Electrcal Hazards it is usually offered as an extra service and conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommedations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568

Tested and True uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one operation.On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEP008 by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standards ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price.

Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide October 2013

The Safety Switch turns off, so what do you do?

A simple step by step guide to fault finding a tripped Safety Switch.

Note: Some types of appliances may cause incidental or nuisance tripping of your Safety Switch or RCD device. Typically Water Heaters, Electric Jugs and Kettles, Steam Irons, Dishwashers, washing Machines, Swimming Pool Equipment, Auto Defrost Refrigerators and Freezers.

Most Important: If your Safety Switch has turned off, it has done so for a reason. It has detected a leak of some electricity. This may be through a faulty appliance or it may be a fault in the house wiring. These instructions will help you find that leak.  

  1. First try to turn the Safety Switch on.[Marked Residual Current Device]
  2. If it stays on then the fault was intermittent or transient and we can do nothing at this stage. Refer to Note above.
  3. Think of what you were using at the time.
  4.  If the Residual Current Device trips off again, got to point 5.
  5. Turn on the Residual Current Device.
  6. If it won’t stay on then you will have to unplug all appliances!
  7. This includes any outside power points or power to outbuildings.
  8. At this point the Residual Current Device should stay on. [If not you will need to call an Electrician.]
  9. If the Residual Current Device stays on then turn the Circuit Breakers on one at a time.
  10. When you come to the leaking circuit, the Residual Current Device will turn off.
  11. Unplug all appliances that are plugged in to power points that do not work.
  12. Turn the Residual Current Device on. If it won’t stay on then you will have to call an Electrician.
  13. If it stays on, then one of the appliances you have unplugged is faulty. Plug the items in, one at a time until you find the faulty one.

Remember Do not fix any Electrical device yourself, give the device to a suitably qualified electrical repair workshop or if under warranty consult with the manufacturer for the possibility of repair under those warranty conditions.

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide September 2013

Workplace Power Tool Safety Update:

Workplace Power Tool Safety Tips

Introduction:

Power Tools are time saving convenient devices that assist us in building and maintaining our World. However it also contributes to large amount of injuries recorded in Australia every year. Many of these injuries are often easily avoidable and attributed to carelessness, a lack of proper tool maintenance or simply not reading the operating instructions.

Power Tool safety 101

  •          Wear safety gear

Always wear the appropriate safety gear, particularly safety eye wear. Flying shards and debris create unpredictable trajectories and a sudden occurrence can not only cause damage to your eyes but force you to loose control of the powered tool you’re operating.

In addition to eye wear, workplace noise is also often overlooked. However the cumulative time of exposure to above normal decibel levels in the workplace can do irreversible damage to your hearing.

Other safety gear such as gloves and appropriate clothing/ safety footwear are just as important, and should be part of formal personnel safety plans.

  •          Read the operating instructions

Being unfamiliar with the safe operation of the power is often the cause of power tool injuries. Before using anew power tool ensure you read the operation, safety and maintenance instructions of the particular tool. The key here is to familiarize both yourself and your team with new equipment when it is introduced to the fleet or job. In particular, built in safety devices and kill switches should be highlighted. Remember to also use a RCD power breaker/power board when working with high powered tools.

  •          Electrical Safety and Power Tool operation

When workers use portable power tools and electrical leads that are electrically faulty or damaged they may suffer electrical shock, which could result in death, heart problems, internal organ damage or burns. To reduce risk of injury or death, electrical leads and power tools should be visually inspected prior to use, and avoided if equipment appears to have been modified or damaged. Tools should only be plugged into socket outlets that are protected by a residual current device (RCD) or a portable RCD is used.

Electrical hazard found on Site

Cut Lead Exposed wires found on Circular Saw at Warehouse

Workers should ensure power circuits are protected by the appropriate rated fuse or circuit breaker to prevent overloading and potential overheating. Electrical leads should be arranged so they do not run across the floor or ground, through doorways and over sharp edges. Where the lead arrangement is dangerous, lead stands or insulated cable hangers should be used to keep leads off the ground. Leads and tools should never be used in damp conditions unless they are specially designed for use in those conditions. Ensure your Tools are Tested and Tagged regularly to pick up electrical faults and potential hazards.

  •          Report all accidents

It’s important to report all accidents and injuries in the workplace. This not only creates a culture of continuous learning, but also helps to future proof against lengthy compensation claims.

In South Australia, It is a legal obligation to notify Safe-Work SA of any work-related injury that requires treatment as an inpatient in a hospital immediately after a workplace  injury (disregarding any time taken for emergency treatment or to get the person to hospital).If you are reporting work-related injuries or incidents to Safe-Work SA the 24 hour Emergency, Dial 1800 777 209.

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide May 2013

Be Safe This Winter with these Electrical Safety Tips

WINTER IS NEARLY HERE!

Time to pull on the Uggies and put those warm Trackie Dacks on (Tracksuit/Sweat suit) and get out you favorite electrical heating appliance… aah Cosy, Warm …and Safe !?! (well you’d hope)

Statistics show that sales of electrical appliances increase during May. The first winter like chill and we are down at the shops looking for the easiest  and sometimes the cheapest way to warm ourselves… Then at that point; it is a Good time to review safety tips on buying and using electrical appliances.

Large electrical appliances are a major cause of electrocutions. Make sure appliances are purchased
from reputable dealers and have been certified by Australian standards.  The introduction of cheap/counterfeit electrical appliances products into the marketplace is on the rise. Appliances must comply with the minimum safety requirements contained in Australian Standard AS/NZS 3820:1998. Here below is a tick mark to look for on all approved equipment.

For portable heaters used frequently  during colder months. Following manufacturers’
instructions is the first step in avoiding electrical hazards.

Power boards and extension cords do not provide more power, but increase access to electrical outlets. As we try to meet 21st century power needs in homes and buildings with too few outlets to meet needs, our use of power boards and extension cords increases. Use of  improperly rated extension cords and power boards is among the causes of many  electrical fires each year.

APPLIANCES, ELECTRONICS AND  LIGHTING

If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips Safety Switch / breaker or has given you an electrical shock, immediately unplug it and have it repaired or replaced. Look for cracks or damage in wiring, plugs and connectors.

Use surge protectors to protect expensive electronics.

Check the wattage of bulbs in lamps and light fixtures to make sure they are the correct wattage. Replace bulbs that have a higher than recommended wattage;
they are a fire hazard. Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely because loose bulbs can overheat.

Halogen lamps operate at high temperatures. Make sure halogen bulbs do not come into contact with curtains, clothing or other flammable materials.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS and SAFETY

Electric blankets should be rolled when stored away. Folding an electric blanket can damage element wires within the blanket.
When using a blanket for the first time after storage, lay it flat on the bed and check for hot spots as it heats up. Only add sheets once you are sure the blanket will operate safely at a maximum temperature.
Electric blankets that are not properly maintained can cause fires.
Avoid using double adaptors or power boards wherever possible.
Older electric blankets might be damaged and may not have the safety features of modern blankets, so consider replacing them.

To avoid disaster, children need to be aware of  improper uses of electric items and the consequences of unsafe behavior. Practicing safe electrical habits early in life will be valuable through out adulthood.

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide May 2013

Working Near Power Lines

Working near Power lines here in South Australia

Performing work in close proximity to overhead power-lines or underground power cables can be a hazardous operation. Fatalities and injuries occur every year as a result of unsafe work practices when working near overhead power-lines. All machinery operators and other workers conducting work near overhead power-lines should also be aware of their safety obligations and adopt safe work practices

Practice safe work habits

Before work commences a Hazard Assessment must take place. It is an important task to Identify all electrical hazards, assess the risks, establish control measures and review these periodically. Control measures may include, but may not be restricted to:

  • applying appropriate signage at least 8 to 10 metres either  side of power-lines and using visual indicators such as tiger tails fitted to the power-lines
  • Using ground barriers, where appropriate
  • Informing workers of required work practices.
  • Ensure operators are aware of the height of their machinery in both stowed and working positions.
  • Lower all machinery to the transport position when relocating. Work away from power-lines, not towards them.
  • Exclusion zones:  If the work you and your staff are planning has the potential to encroach into power-line exclusion zones, you should contact SA Power Networks for advice on doing the job safely.
  • Contact  SA Power Networks about placing identifiers on power-lines and power poles at your worksite and any further control measures.

Disclaimer

The Advice in this fact sheet is of a general nature and does not include any current or pending revisions that are available at Safe-Work-SA and SA Power Networks. This Web-blog is not an exhaustive list of all safety matters that need to be considered. Readers of this blog are urged to find the latest information at the following websites of Power Networks SA and Safe-Work SA.**

www.sapowernetworks.com.au/public/download.jsp?id=420

http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2354

** For readers in Other States of Australia or Other countries: Please contact your local/state Electrical Utilities Provider and an Occupational Health and Safety Authority in your locality and/or industry.

We at Tested & True ... Do care about all aspects of Workplace electrical safety. Our trained Technicians understand workplace hazards and are ready assess your workplace equipment and remove hazards. On top of all this,we will repair plugs and leads and will even open up equipment to repair it on-site!..ensuring that your workplace is safe and that you stay compliant to Safe-Work_SA requirements.

Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568 Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC Pro-Logger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one neat piece of equipment. Ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price. Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

Visit us at http://www.testedandtrue.com.au or our Newsletter http://testedtruenewsletter.blogspot.com/

Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide January 2013

Why have your Power Tools professionally tested & tagged?

The trend these days is to do it yourself, sure you can attend a TAFE course and learn how to use an Appliance Tester!… But are you sure and certain that you can test an appliance or power tool effectively or even repair one; that would pass retesting and be compliant. It is a question you must explore , I have been Testing & Tagging electrical equipment for nearly 30 years , this began in the RAN when all personal items had to be tested and tagged before coming on board. I have also seen other people testing their own gear and the results of that.

When a business does it own testing I have noted the following attitudes and factors around their testing & tagging routine …  here are the top five..

  1. A tendency to be complacent.. eg I have to use it tomorrow and I have no time to fix it. I will just a beware of those exposed wires. ..or I don’t want upset my fellow coworker by failing his/her favorite appliance it seems to be ok,  so I won’t fail it!
  2. Finding the time…eg “I don’t have time I’m flat doing my own job plus  other company duties eg OH&S committee meetings, Quality Improvement team meetings etc… It tends to go down to the bottom of the list.”
  3. Not keeping up to date with current legislation and Australian Standards… eg “I did my test and tag training 6 years ago, yeah I know all about it, just plug in here press the button and all is sweet! I think you do your tools every 2-3 years just the same time I do the office equipment I reckon that must be right!” (wrong!!)
  4. Lack of electrical knowledge and construction of electrical appliances… this leads to making wrong decisions about the class of the equipment and how a piece of equipment operates and will impact the way its tested and may give a false pass or false fail. Either way not an effective way to test electrical equipment and possibly dangerous if the false pass item is returned to service.
  5. Its a chore or its not important…eg  “No-one has looked at our test & Tag spreadsheet for the last 8 years, No-one has had an accident its all commonsense just do something as you use it.. Its a waste of time” ..etc.

We at Tested & True ... Are trained as Technicians we know the construction of electrical equipment, we understand the need for Electrical testing and are up to date with the latest Legislation and Australian Standards. On top of all this,we will repair plugs and leads and will even open up equipment  to repair it  on-site!..ensuring that your workplace is safe and that you stay compliant to Safe-Work_SA requirements.

Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568   Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC Pro-Logger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one neat piece of equipment. Ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price. Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

Visit us at http://www.testedandtrue.com.au or our Newsletter http://testedtruenewsletter.blogspot.com/

Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide January 2013