There will come a time when certain devices will need to be tested and tagged to ensure their continued functionality – or to define their ultimate demise. But what does this process actually involve and why would you need to make use of these types of services?
What is testing and tagging?
As the name may suggest, this is the process of running diagnostic checks and labelling the results on a piece of equipment. Typically used for testing the safety of smaller electronic devices; it can allow an individual or a company to keeps tabs on the performance and longevity of their appliances – as well as how safe they are for continued use.
Once testing has been completed, the device will display the name of the professional, the date tested and when the next test should be scheduled for. All devices that undergo this process are considered to be usable.
What is it used for?
Test and tag is used to ensure safety in the workplace to minimise the risk of electrical hazards occurring. The Australian standard, AS/NZS 3760, sets the guidelines and regulations for testing – and defines what needs to be tested, how often, what defines a fault and even who can carry out the testing process.
Construction companies (and those in the construction industry) are required by law to have their portable appliances checked every 3 months, as are those in demolition and mining. Whilst it is not a legal requirement for any other industry, businesses are encouraged to undertake testing and tagging to keep up the duty of care for their employees. Those who do not can be found liable in cases of injury in the workplace, so making sure to comply is in everyone’s best interests.
What needs to be tested and tagged?
Devices with flexible cables, plugs that can be removed and appliances that have a voltage exceeding 50v should all be tested and tagged. Class 1 devices are typically earthed appliances and class 2 are typically double insulate appliances. New electronic devices are not usually subject to thorough investigation and a visual inspection will usually suffice to ensure safety.
Who can carry out these services?
In most cases a registered electrician can carry out the testing of appliances, but anyone considered a ‘competent person’ by undertaking a course in the procedure is recognised, as long as they use a PAT tester.