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Appliance Test & Tag Requirements for Dental Clinic OH&S

Posted: June 30, 2021

The owners and managers of any workplace have a legal and ethical responsibility to provide staff with a safe working environment. Test and tag services can help provide employers with a certain level of protection should an accident occur in the workplace. When understanding the test and tag times and intervals an electrical appliance should be tested, the main underlying factor is the type of environment that appliance is located in. Furthermore, a lot of workplaces and company owners will have different test and tag times and frequencies because of their own risk management and OH&S planning. To learn more about work safe test and tag service requirements for dental practices, keep reading.

Appliance Tagging Requirements

As part of a practice owner’s duty of care to protect the health and safety of others in the workplace, OH&S laws state that 12-monthly electrical inspections of the service environment are essential. It is also required that the appliances in the office environment are tested every 5 years. To help practice owners meet their obligation, Voltec Maintenance offers a work safe test and tag service for medical and non-medical plug and cord appliances and equipment in your dental surgery and environment.

Electrical safety testing and appliance tagging is intended to ensure that risks arising from electrical hazards are maintained at acceptable levels during the useful life of your equipment. Our team have the expertise to perform testing and appliance tagging to ensure compliance to the correct standard. Our in-depth product knowledge and specialised equipment means safe, non-damaging testing and appliance tagging of your electrical equipment. On completion of testing, Voltec Maintenance will supply a comprehensive report on individual pieces of equipment. It will detail the test undertaken and the result of the parameter to which that equipment was tested.

If you would like further information about our appliance tagging services, contact us today.

Fire Extinguisher Test and Tag Service Requirements

There is nothing more dangerous than a fire. Whether it’s in a kitchen or a conference room, fires can start anywhere and for many different reasons. Fire extinguishers are one of the most important tools available in the fight against small fires. Not only do they provide businesses peace of mind, but they can also save lives. Because they are so effective, it is critical that they are properly maintained so that they can be used efficiently at a moment’s notice.

Fire extinguishers are a requirement by law and they are your first line of defence if a fire breaks out. It can be easy to forget or overlook fire extinguishers, but there are regulations in place that you need to follow to ensure they are up to code and in working order. So, how often do fire extinguishers need to be tested at a dental clinic? To comply with Australian Workplace Safety Standards, portable fire equipment is required to be regularly inspected, tested, and serviced by an accredited professional.

The regulations applying to fire extinguishers is specified in the Australian Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment. It states that:

  • All fire extinguishers must be inspected and tested every six months; and
  • Fire extinguishers need to be replaced every five years.

Want more information about test and tag times and frequencies? Call us on 0438 214 425.

RCD Test & Tag Times

An RCD (residual current device) is the industry term for a safety switch. An RCD’s main purpose is to prevent severe electrical shocks from occurring. An RCD acts as a life saving device; it detects and halts the power in an electrical socket preventing dangerous electric currents and fatal electric shocks.

The Queensland Electrical Safety Regulation requires workplaces to have RCDs regular trip time testing to ensure these devices provide adequate protection in the event of electric fault. In this case, RCDs at dental clinics must be push button tested every six months. It is also required for a load test to be conducted every two years in a service-based environment.

Emergency Exit Light Test & Tag Services

This regulation requires that all emergency and exit light fittings be maintained and subjected to a thorough inspection every six months. The exit light discharge test is to ensure that in the event of an emergency, your exit lighting fixtures will be functional and allow all occupants to exit to safety. Should any items fail our testing, our technicians are qualified to make any necessary repairs. All compliance testing is thoroughly documented, and a report is supplied upon completion. For more information about the importance of emergency exit light testing, read our recent blog.

VM Dental Clinic OHS

Work safe test and tag is extremely important for any employer, which is why it is a service that should only be performed by a trusted expert. To make an appointment for our test and tag services, contact us today.