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There have been some cases where electricians carry out only a visual examination of appliances and many cases where some electricians who use (and thought that using) an Insulation Resistance (Megger) tester and multimeter alone would achieve all the required tests as per AS/NZS 3760 for testing and tagging.

These testers cannot carry out all the required tests on a wide variety of modern appliances such as televisions, microwave ovens, computers, printers and photocopiers as well as industrial equipment such as compressors and lathes.

While many electricians do appreciate the complexity of modern electrical appliances, their main responsibility lies in the safe installation and maintenance of the fixed wiring of buildings and other premises.

Some simply haven’t taken the time to expand their expertise beyond their trade or are ill-informed of the tests needed to carry out effective safety testing of appliances.