What is Test and Tag:
Test and Tag is the process of testing the safety of any portable electrical appliance.
The testing process consists of two parts. Firstly, a visual inspection of the appliance is carried out to ensure that there is no visible physical damage to the appliance.
The second phase of the testing process consists of a range of electrical tests that are usually carried out with a piece of testing equipment called a Portable Appliance Tester.
Once the appliance has passed all of the necessary tests, a test tag is fixed to the appliance to confirm that it has passed all tests. The tag indicates the date of the test, who tested the appliance and the date the appliance is due for its next test.
Why Test and Tag:
As per The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, all employers/businesses must maintain a “Safe System of Work”.
This means that it is an employer’s obligation to ensure that the workplace is free from hazards for all employees, visitors and contractors of your site.
A great way to ensure that your site is in compliance with OSH Act is to implement a Test and Tag regime as per AS/NZS 3760:2010.
AS/NZS 3760:2010 is the Australian Standards document that outlines the testing process and requirements of testing electrical equipment.
Along with ensuring a safe workplace for your employees and visitors, Appliance Test ang Tagging is also a great way to keep track of your electrical assets across your workplace as a detailed test report will be emailed to you upon the completion of every testing period.
How Often Should I Test and Tag:
Every workplace is different, and AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies different test intervals depending on the type of environment that the appliance is situated.
Appliances deemed to be in hostile environments (meaning they are regularly handled) will need to be tested more frequently than an appliance that very rarely gets handled.
The best way to determine what your site requires is to arrange an onsite meeting with one of our highly qualified staff to custom build a testing rescheme that best suits your workplace.
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