You may have heard of the term ‘testing and tagging’ in reference to educational facilities, but may be unsure of what it means. Below, we take a look at these two important electricians’ activities:
What are Testing and Tagging?
Every electrical appliance that is used within a Liverpool school or college premises must be regularly tested for safety and marked accordingly with a clear label, or tag. Items that must be tested include:
• Phone chargers
• Coffee making machines
• Vending machines
• Items of kitchen equipment
• Items of gardening or maintenance equipment
This testing must be carried out by a professional commercial electrician in Liverpool and with specialised equipment, as many electrical faults are not obvious when the equipment is inspected externally. Every electrical appliance within the school premises and grounds that uses a three pin or two-pin plug to connect it to the mains power supply must be tested and tagged.
The electrician who has carried out the tagging and testing will provide the school with safety certificates that can be displayed in the staff room and school reception area.
Testing and tagging reassure staff and parents that every electrical item in use within the school premises is safe from electric shock and fire, and it is required by law. The process also provides the school with reassurance for their insurance company that ‘reasonable care’ has been taken in order to prevent losses and injury to staff, pupils, third party suppliers, and visitors.
Independent contractors who are working within the school premises, such as decorators or gardeners, are responsible for having their own electrical equipment tagged and tested. However, school administrators or facilities managers are responsible for ensuring that every electrical item in use by third parties has been tested and is legally compliant before the contractor commences work.
Frequency of Testing
The law requires that every appliance is tested on a regular basis, tests varying in frequency from every three months to just once in every five years, depending on the type of appliance, where it is, and how frequently it is used. Any new appliances that are purchased for use within the school premises must be tested and tagged before they can be used.
Electrical tagging and testing in schools is an extremely important legal requirement. If you have any further questions about how tagging and testing are carried out or if you require any further information, contact the experts at B&D Electrical for more advice.