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Most expensive & sophisticated laboratory instruments get regular preventative maintenance (PM) but the smaller / cheaper equipment is often perceived as not being as important?

The aims of PM is to keep the equipment running, performing to its original specifications & to minimise un-expected down time. With our many years of experience in laboratory instrumentation, we are experts in this area.

Electrical safety testing and equipment safety audits are an integral part of PM's & are discussed below.

Electrical Safety Testing

Electrical safety testing (sometimes called 'Test & Tag') is performed to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010. In brief the Standard specifies all equipment that is plugged into a 240 volt socket requires an Appliance Safety Test. This includes separate testing for the equipment, its power leads, and any extension leads, power boards, double adaptors and all its accessories which are powered by 240 volts.

The Standard specifies the frequency of testing - for most laboratories and school equipment this is normally every 12 months (as well as after any repairs). Equipment used for cleaning and in workshops, etc. would require testing every 6 months. Hire equipment should be tested every 3 months.

In Victoria, it is Victorian WorkCover that enforces the testing requirements.

We have written several articles to explain the testing & legal requirements as they relate to laboratories:
Info Sheet 1 Info Sheet 2 Info Sheet 3
(Withdrawn, some information is now outdated & incorrect. The relevant information is covered in Info Sheets 2 & 3.) (Replaced by Info Sheet 3.)  

Equipment Safety Audits

With the current Victorian WorkCover requirements, etc.

We at pHentron consider equipment safety to be more important than just fixing an instrument fault. To keep up to date with the changing regulations, we subscribe to several industrial journals & regularly visit Aust. Standards, so we can be one of the leaders in the area of laboratory equipment safety.

We are also happy to audit your internal safety system at a very modest cost.