According to the statutory guidelines, you must frequently have your tools inspected by certified persons. If you have large amounts of tools and equipment, it is difficult to maintain a clear overview and keep your workplace 100% safe. This is why we have developed an online tool for you that helps you inspect your (electrical) tools!
The online tool of Gereedschapbeheer
With the online tool of Gereedschapbeheer, you can enter all your tools and equipment individually, together with specific information regarding testing and servicing. In this way you can easily determine when your equipment needs to be inspected, by whom, regarding which aspects, etc.
You are automatically informed when it is time to test your equipment and tools. Specific guidelines apply to the testing of electrical tools. These are stated in the NEN 3140 standard.
The testing of electrical tools
The testing of electrical tools requires specific knowledge and equipment. All of your electrical work equipment must be tested based on the NEN 3140 standard. We define electrical work equipment as all your electrical tools, but also extension cords, printers and measuring equipment.
Pursuant to the Working Conditions Act, employers are obliged to create a safe work situation to minimise risks as much as possible.
The guideline: the NEN 3140 standard
To create and maintain a safe workplace, the Netherlands Standardisation Institute has published the NEN 3140 standard. It contains all the criteria for the management and testing of your electrical tools.
Which equipment exactly should I test?
All equipment that poses an electrical risk should be tested, such as: electrical hand tools, machines, equipment, extension cords, ancillary equipment, protective equipment and (insulated) tools. The greater the electrical risk, the more often testing should be performed.
Who may perform this test?
According to the standard, only ‘sufficiently trained persons’ may perform this test. By completing a simple course you will be qualified reasonably quickly, so you or a colleague can perform the tests. If the equipment is more dangerous, an expert in the relevant field must be called in.
How often should I test?
As indicated, the frequency of the tests depends on the risk of the electrical equipment. The risk factors are:
- Level of use
- Level of user expertise
- Risk of damage
- The environment
A risk assessment is performed based on these factors. It is used to determine how often the tests will have to be performed.
How should I register my test?
There are two ways to register:
- Via a register
- Via an indication on the equipment
When you start using the online tool of Gereedschapbeheer, you will have a functional registration system available in which you will discover many easy-to-use functions and possibilities. In this way you will always be aware exactly when you need to test your (electrical) tools, helping you to create a workplace that is 100% safe.