Electrical Equipment Testing in Schools

Posted on: 22 July 2016

Schools are usually high traffic areas and ensuring the safety of students, staff and other users is essential. One of the best ways to do this is by conducting frequent testing and tagging of electrical equipment. Equipment testing is the process where all electrical appliances within the institution are inspected for proper functioning to prevent the risk of fire hazards due to defects in appliances. Any faulty equipment is repaired or replaced. After testing, the equipment is tagged as proof that it was tested.

A tag usually contains the following information about the electrical equipment:

•    The date tested

•    The next date for testing

•    Unique asset identification

•    Whether the equipment passed or failed the test

•    The person who performed the test

Which equipment should be tested?

In some states, testing and tagging of electrical equipment in schools is compulsory. After the process, the results should be recorded and documented over the life of the appliances. Here are some of the equipment that should be tested and tagged:

•    Portable outlets and power extensions

•    All electrical appliances that are usually plugged into a low-voltage power supply

•    Portable transformers

•    Flexible cords that are connected to equipment in high-risk areas such as school workshops and laboratories

•    Equipment that is exposed to conditions that can reduce its lifespan; for example, exposure to heat, humidity, vibrations, dust and chemicals

•    Portable heavy-duty tools and equipment

Hard-wired and fixed equipment that are attached to a wall or other permanent fixtures do not need to be tested either.

How often should equipment be tested?

Different states in Australia have guidelines specifying the period after which various types of electrical equipment in schools should be tested. You can refer to these standards with the help of the electrician in charge of testing to determine the appropriate time to test each equipment. They can also include the date on the tag after testing. Aside from the statutory requirement, equipment should be tested in the following instances:

•    After equipment has been repaired or serviced; repairs can create problems with electrical equipment due to occasional mistakes and human error

•    Second-hand appliances should also be tested before use

After testing and tagging, a detailed report should be issued and documented for future testing and tagging procedures.

Testing and tagging of electrical equipment in a school is essential to ensure the safety of its users. Hire a qualified testing electrician to ensure that a credible report is issued regarding the condition and safety of electrical equipment in the facility.