Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tag and Testing: Potentially Dangerous Appliances to Keep Out of Workplaces

Workplace safety is a top priority among companies. Without ensuring employees’ safety, authorities will charge fines to business owners and even shut down business operations completely. One of the assessments businesses must pass with flying colours is tag and testing service.

Technicians have their way of labelling dangerous appliances. These dangerous appliances are according to the standards set by authorities. The following are some of the known dangerous appliances that you must not have in your workplace.

Taped up appliances. Small appliances like speakers can fall off surfaces and result to cracks and lost screws. They may still work well despite the appearance, which moves users to use the most accessible adhesive like tapes. The problem is that taped up appliances tend to cause more accident because tapes don’t stay in place forever. Pieces might dismantle when lifted and electrocute people.

Exposed wires on cords and appliances. Bare wires are common issues on appliances and the immediate cause of accidents at home. Running currents on conducting wires can ground people while it can also be cause of short circuit once both wires touch each other. Exposure to water will result to sparks and fire if not managed immediately. Testers are particular in assessing appliances and equipment with possible bare wires.

Cracked, broken or missing covers or chassis. Appliances have their chassis or covers for a reason. They don’t only provide form and style, but also protection from circuitry installed inside the unit. It protects users from electrocution while it also keep wires from possible elements that may splice and bare wires. Therefore, appliances with cracked or missing covers are regarded as dangerous appliances in workspaces.

Pulled insulation. Pulled insulation means the rubber surrounding the cord is pulled away from plug connections, which exposes the wires inside. The insulation itself is not spliced or damaged, but it’s just separated from the connecting points. Some wires may have several insulation layers although they can’t be considered safe since the primary insulating cord is already pulled away from its parts. Second layers of insulation are already prone to damages and it will only take a manner of time before it can cause accidents. Test and tag Sydney checks pulled wires upon visual inspections to ensure safety.

Missing controls or dials. Dials are used to regulate appliance settings like heat. Missing dials mean lack of indicator and no point of knowing if heat is already at its highest temperature. In case of flat irons, extreme heat can ignite the system and cause fires. On the other hand, high temperature causes burns that hurt people.

Melted plugs. Melted plugs are also problematic. Melting means probable overheating within the wires. Leaving the problem as is will start short circuit and fires. Extreme overheating can also hurt people while leaving foul odour in the facility.

Better eliminate these dangerous appliances in your workplace. They may not be problematic as of now, but being complacent about stacking them away can cause more problems in the future. Hire a test and tag expert and ensure property and employees’ safety.

Learn more about the author: David Hall

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