Ganris It is designed to cover every economic sector and virtually every activity of the humankind where technical standards may be used. Sustaining business, sustaining life. The testing they do is normally suitable for fridges and microwaves but not for medical equipment. Risk also exists where not all required electrical and performance tests have been completed. Schedule 2 Citation Context: Medical devices are a specialist area which is subject to particular standards and legislation. Ensuring you get the right Service Technician is critical to ensure correct compliance.
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Recommendations were put forward, and lively debate ensued as to the impact the proposed changes would make not only to industry, but to the safety of employees in Australia and New Zealand. There are 3 changes to Table 4 worth highlighting. In order to reduce confusion within manufacturing environments, no longer are there different retesting time frames for Class I and Class II equipment.
Therefore all portable electrical equipment located in a manufacturing environment is now subject to retesting every six months. Items with functional earthing The new Standard makes reference to equipment with functional earthing. Care should be taken when conducting an earth bond test to ensure the functional earth is not being tested.
A functional earth is not designed for safety, but the internal operation of the equipment and may give an incorrect test result. In addition, the completion of an earth bond test on a functional earth may place the equipment in danger. Leakage current testing The Standard now includes additional information for leakage current tests on Class II single-phase and three-phase equipment. It also includes leakage current test methodology for equipment that is normally immersed in water.
This has been added to improve technician safety. This addition has been made to assist workplaces in easily identifying when their appliances are due for retesting. Leased Equipment Whilst the standard made many references to the requirements for hired equipment, there was no reference to the requirements for the testing and tagging of leased equipment.
For example, a Kettle with a removable IEC lead would consist of 2 tests. One test for the Kettle, with a tag applied to the kettle. Should you engage a test and tag service provider I highly recommend you confirm the technician owns a copy of the new Standard and completely understands the impact of the revisions.
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