Test and tag equipment
Who can test and tag equipment?
Checking the safety of electrical appliances in your workplace is definitely not something that anyone can do. When it comes to electrical safety, a misstep can cause serious injuries, so it’s always best to seek professional assistance from a qualified technician.
Testing and tagging is an important safety procedure for every business as it ensures that all the appliances used in your business are in safe, working order. It’s part of your responsibility as a business owner to provide a safe environment for everyone who works at or visits your premises.
Testing and tagging can’t be done by just anyone. The safety of electrical appliances is governed by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760. This standard outlines the guidelines for who can test and tag and the regulations that govern the testing. When selecting a provider to complete testing and tagging on your site, make sure that they are conforming to these standards and that the technician who comes onto your site to conduct the testing has been appropriately trained to conduct the testing.
What is test and tag?
Testing and tagging should be completed on every portable appliance in your business. The service involves testing the appliance and then labelling it with a tag which shows the results of the testing, who tested it and the date the next test is due. First the technician will visually inspect the equipment for any damage. Then they will use a portable appliance (or PAT) tester to electrically test the device. Using the PAT tester, a printed report showing the status of the appliance can be generated. It is also possible for the technician to use the tester to photograph any visual damage to the appliance.
What reports will I receive?
At the conclusion of the test and tag service your technician should provide you with a full assets list detailing all the appliances that were tested and the due date for the next test plus a failed items list .
It’s a good idea to use the same supplier to conduct your regular testing and tagging as they will keep a historical record of these reports and can also help you identify potential problems over time such as noticing that an area of your premises generates a larger number of failed items .
Do I need to test and tag in my business?
Testing and tagging electrical equipment is mandated for some industries, generally industries with hazardous working conditions where there is a high likelihood of damage to the appliances through the normal course of business. This includes industries such as construction, mining and demolition.
Even if testing and tagging isn’t mandated for your industry, it’s sensible business practice and good risk management to complete regular testing of all appliances used in your business. This helps to ensure that you are providing a safe environment within your business. You have a duty of care to those who visit your premises and ensuring the safety of electrical appliances is an important component of that duty.
What items need to be tested and tagged?
All portable electrical appliances that have a flexible cord, a removable plug and a voltage in excess of 50V. This includes everything from computers and drills to refrigerators and microwaves. And you should test every appliance used on site, so if one of your staff brings their own kettle into the office, for example, then that appliance also needs to be tested.
How can I organise testing and tagging for my business?
Many companies provide testing and tagging services. Jim’s Test & Tag are electrical test and tag professionals who can provide a thorough inspection conducted by expertly trained technicians. There are over 150 Jim’s Test and Tag franchises operating across Australia, so there’s bound to be one close to you, phone 13 15 46 for more information.