Electrical wiring and equipment is a large source of hazards in a workplace. In fact, about eighty percent of all fire-related incidents recorded in different parts of the world are caused by faulty electrical wiring of electrical and electronic equipment.
This could have been avoided if the building owners have complied with the test and tag requirements.
In the US, the Occupational health and safety Act mandates all workplace to be periodically tested by professionals through proper testing and tagging of electrical equipment. This is to ensure that they meet safety standards. The regular inspections are found to reduce the risk of electric shocks and short circuiting.
The Australian government also have the same requirement for offices to ensure that all electrical appliances are properly functioning and maintained. Test and tagging in the country is also called portable appliance testing or PAT. The process includes the inspection of damage, insulation, and resistance.
And though the significance of this practice is often neglected by other countries, the importance of electrical equipment test and tag is continuously underscored.
Note that every power installation weakens over time as a result of oxidation and normal wear and tear. This alone shows the importance of testing and tagging.
Routine tests ensure that all the utility equipment is properly functioning. Professionals also oversee the insulation of the appliances to do away with possible electrical dangers. As a result, potential loss of property from fire-related mishaps can be avoided.
In turn, the employees are also more confident that they are working in a safe environment. This always translates to having more productive group of people geared towards the success of the company. More importantly, employers who actively foresee possible injury and dangers can lower their liabilities.
This means that building owners can be spared from dealing with expensive legal suits that may be filed by the victims against them, should any accident happen within the premises of the company.
On top of this advantage, having regular test and tag also lowers the price of paying for insurance premiums.
Insurance providers always peruse the compliance of companies to safety guidelines, and demand high payment for insurance premiums from those with potentially dangerous workplaces. In worst case scenarios, insurance companies may even decline the businesses’ application for such coverage.
Testing and tagging the electrical equipment may therefore be a way to lower insurance premiums.
One can therefore infer that routine test and tag shaves off additional expenses of a company. Obviously, a set of well-maintained office equipment eliminates the need to buy new appliances within a short span of time. And aside from liability fees, offices who ensure the proper operation of their electrical machines can also avoid hefty fines that come with non-compliance to safety standards.
In Brisbane, for example, companies who fail to conduct frequent test and tag face the risk of penalties of as much as $20,000. Imprisonment is also one of the possible consequences. The cost of fines and punishment vary in different countries or regions, depending on how serious the offenses are.