The effects of the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package are filtering down into many service industries, including OHS and Test and Tag service suppliers.
The government’s infrastructure spending is providing a welcome boost for local businesses in NSW. Many larger contracting companies are involved in large-scale infrastructure projects, but behind every large company is a myriad of smaller companies who provide on the ground services such as Testing and Tagging.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing is one such local test and tag supplier that is benefiting from the extra work. According to a company spokesman, test and tag technicians have been receiving increased numbers of calls to construction sites, many of which are public infrastructure projects.
According to Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing, projects include the pipelines for the desalination plant (McLennan’s Diving Service), new high-voltage power cables at Kurnell (Daly’s Constructions), water pipe upgrades throught the metropolitan (Veolia Water Network Services) and school extensions all over Sydney (Huse Electrics, TCQ Builders).
The role of Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing is to provide on-site testing and tagging on a monthly basis, to ensure compliance with AS/NZS 3760:2003. The standards are rigorously enforced on the public infrastructure work sites – with regular safety audits and site visits from inspectors.
The technicians spend time at each of the sites servicing and maintaining the power tools, plant and equipment. Often this means replacing cords, re-wiring plugs or sockets, or replacing a grommet or cable gland. The availability of on-site power tool repairs and test and tag services means that the construction contractors can get on with the task at hand, and be assured that they have the correct OH&S risk management documentation in place.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing uses the highly reliable Wavecom Nesco TnT+ Portable Appliance Testers, as well as the ultra-compact Seward Primetest 200 battery powered PAT. Barcode labels and custom test tags are used to ensure speedy and accurate tagging and record keeping. SEAT’s proprietary Bluetooth technology enables fast and efficient data gathering and logging of every appliance that is tested and tagged.
Sales of Portable Appliance Testers have also been helped along by the additional 50% tax incentives being offered to some smaller businesses by the federal government. The additional rebates have helped sales of high-end test instrument sets such as the TnT Plus Test and Print, as well as the Seaward Protag Optima. Both systems come with full database software, label printer and barcode scanner for fast and accurate records to AS/MZS 3760.