Do I have to Test and Tag my equipment?

Does my workplace need Emergency lights & Exit signs?

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Unless you want to be breaking the law; the short answer is yes. 

The Queensland Electrical Safety Act (2002) states that "any person operating a business must ensure that no electrical equipment is used  in the workplace unless it has been inspected and tested by a competent person."

This legal requirement includes all electrical equipment which is present in the workplace .  So basically, if it has a plug, it needs to have a tag. 

Common items that need to be tagged include computers, monitors, extension leads, power boards, kitchen appliances and power tools.  There is also a requirement to test the RCDs (Safety Switches) in your workplace as well as any 3 phase equipment you might have.
The Fire and Emergency Servces Act (1990) requires the occupiers of any non-domestic building to maintain the fire equipment and emergency lighting and have regular testing performed.

If you don't test and maintain the fire equipment and emergency lighting you are not complying with the law.

So to keep in line with your legal requirements, make sure that you have your emergency lights and exit signs tested and maintained.

How often do I need to Test and Tag?

How often do I need to test Emergency lights & Exit signs?

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The frequency of testing is set by the Electrical Safety Act 2002 and the Australian Standard.

The frequency is based on the exposure to abuse or environemntal hazards which increase the risk of damage to the item.  The less volitile your workplace, the less you need to test.

Some common workplace types are:
Every 3 months

- Construction sites
- Tradies.
Every 6 months

- Manufacturers, assembly or repair industry 
- Commercial cleaners
- Exhibition stalls or providers (such as food vans)
Every 12 months
- Retail
- Offices
- Hotels, Hospitality & Resturants
- RCDs (Safety Switches)

Testing is performed every 6 months for all emergency lighting and exit signs.

The light is physically checked for damage, and then the batteries are checked to ensure that the light will run for a minimum of 90 minutes.

While the testing is being performed, lights are wiped down to ensure they provide good light in the event of power disruption and a comprehensive report is put together for your workplace.

What happens if something fails testing?

Is replacing a failed light expensive?

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If you have an appliance that doesn't pass testing, there is no need to stress out.  There is many simple fixes that our technicians can help you out with.  We also keep a large amount of replacement cords, power boards and much more in our vehicles.

In most cases we can quickly fix up any issues that are found and avoid any issues for our clients.
We keep the costs of replacing any failed lighting to a minimum, because we believe that keeping up with the law shouldn't cost a fortune.

For your convenience, we keep plenty of replacement lights in our vehicles so we can help you out while we are already on site.

Why would a piece of equipment be failed?

Do I have to pay to install emergency lighting or is that my landlord's responsibility?

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Electrical equipment can be failed for several reasons however they all stem back to ensuring that the equipment is electrically safe and not going to injure anyone or start a fire.

The main cause for failure is physical damage to the cord.  Knicks, cuts, burns or abbrasion to the cord's insulation, exposed wires where the plug attaches to the cord and crushed cords are the main reason a cord is removed from the workplace.

Electrical equipment can also show signs of electrical failure during testing on our state of the art testing equipment.  If an electrical appliance fails the test on our testing equipment it tells us that it is a potential risk to those in the workplace.
The law states that any building which is not residential must have emergency lighting and exit signs in place.

The responsibility for fitting out the premisis falls onto the tenant of the property in QLD.  Though it is not uncommon for the owner to chip in, the legislation states that it is the responsibility of the person undertaking the business to ensure that emergency lighting and exit signs are installed and then tested regularly thereafter.
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What is the penalty if I don't have Test and Tag?

What is the penalty if my Emergency lights & Exit signs aren't working properly?

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Failing to test and tag means that you are failing to abide by your duty of care under the act.

Of coarse the penalty will be dependant on your individual case however under Section 40B of The Electrical Safety Act 2002 the penalty for a person being electrocuted by equipment which has not been tested and tagged could be up to 6,000 penalty units or 5 years in jail.  That equates to a fine of up to $752,960 for failing to fulfil your duty of care.

An important note is that you will also void most insurances by not adhering to your legal requirements.  If you have an electrical fire and lose everything, your insurance would be able to reject your claim due to your failure to fulfil your legal obligations.  If the item had been tested there would likely have been no fire at all.

Under Section 104D of The Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 the penalty for not testing your exit lighting could cost you up to 2,000 penalty units or  3 years in jail for not maintaining a prescribed fire safety installation.  That equals $252,300 for simply not testing and maintaini ng your emergency lights and exit signs.

An important note is that you will also void most insurances by not adhering to your legal requirements.  If you have an electrical fire and lose everything, your insurance would be able to reject your claim due to your failure to fulfil your legal obligations.  If the item had been tested there would likely have been no fire at all.
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How long will it take to test my workplace?

How far in advance do I need to book?

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Depending on how many tags you have a service can take as little as an hour and for larger businesses, several days.  

As a guide, our technicians will normally take 3-4 hours to complete 100 tags, depending on the level of access to each of the items.
Our technicians are constantly attending jobs all over the South East Queensland area.  If you need to have your workplace inspected we can usually arrange a technician to be there within 48 hours.  Of course we have busy times like everyone else, but our friendly team will always work with you to find a suitable time that fits into your schedule.

Will you remind me when I am due for testing again?

Do you need to switch off our lights to do testing?

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Here at Boss Compliance, we are very proud of our reminder system and we will make sure that we call you with plenty of notice to book you in for a re-testing appointment.

One of our friendly team will be in contact with you a couple of weeks out from your due date to make an appointment with you to ensure that you are always compliant with your legal requirements.
No, we don't need to turn off your lights during testing.

Because buildings are  wired with regular testing in mind your emergency lighting is put onto a different switch in your fuse box. 

This means we can perform all of your testing and keep your regular lighting on as per normal the entire time.