Test & tag involves checking and maintaining the safety of portable electrical appliances. It also encompasses two major parts. First, it will involve visually inspecting appliances for the damage, followed by testing them with portable appliance testers.
Once it is tested, the item will be placed with tags so as to confirm it has been tested. The main reason behind testing as well as tagging is to ascertain the safety of people, especially those coming into contact with appliances, and at the same time, reduce the risks associated with electrical hazards.
The AS/NZA 3760 provides regulations, guidelines, and test and tag requirements with regard to the electrical safety of every appliance. These regulations and requirements set out recommendations for issues, like test & tag intervals.
What Test & Tag Involves
When determining the integrity of electrical appliances, every asset will be subject to the testing process as per the New Zealand safety standards.
Most electricians use portable appliance testers, which are the latest devices to diagnose technical problems and ensure the tool’s functionality. The test & tag services may include the following:
- Polarity wire test
- Run test
- Insulation tests
- Physical and visual inspection
What You Need to Test and Tag Equipment
Under New Zealand’s legislation, employers should comply with workplace safety and health guidelines. That means ensuring your electrical appliances are in pristine working conditions.
Unfortunately, electrical appliances may wear as well as tear with time. But testing & tagging regularly will ensure electrical compliance in the workplace with safety and health legislation. This basically substantiates the duty of care.
Code of the Practice
Although there is nothing specific under New Zealand’s legislation, there is a code of practice ensuring the safety of workers.
This code of practice helps to manage electrical risks and provides guidance for people managing electrical dangers or doing business in risky environments.
In order to have legal effects in the jurisdiction, the code of practice should get approved as the code of practice in the same jurisdiction. This code of practice hasn’t been picked up in every part of the country, but it provides helpful information and advice on the electrical risks in the workplace to HSRs, workers, and employers.
How Regularly to Have Equipment Tested
The frequency of completing testing & tagging of appliances depends on the kind of work environment. For construction sites, you should test & tag equipment after three months, kitchen appliances after 12 months, and fixed equipment after every five years.
Knowing Requirements for Test & Tag
Every business in New Zealand must know which requirements apply. Legal obligations vary across different industries, and one of the key things to keep in mind is that all workplaces are created differently.
Not checking your equipment and appliances means you will be open to hefty fines and significant breaches. This is why it is imperative to ensure you have the workplace’s safety under control.
The item should be tagged after testing or inspecting portable electrical appliances used in demolition or construction sites. The whole process should be carried out by a reliable person as per the AS/NZS safety standards.