Test and Tag is popularly used term in Australia and New Zealand which is a generic name associated with the procedure of visually inspecting and electrically testing in-service electrical equipment for personal safety. This procedure is also referred by some other terms like appliance testing, electrical tagging, portable appliance test, lead tagging, test tag, or tag simply. Test and tagging has significance in determining whether an appliance is electrically safe for personal use. Thus, this testing refers to electrical safety in actual terms. The visual inspection of defects pertains to missing components or any damage followed by series of electrical tests to measure earth continuity, polarity and insulation resistance. There is specific Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 “In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment” in Australia and New Zealand which is used as a reference document.
Need of Test and Tag
Use of electrical appliances and gadgets have potential hazards because dealing with electricity is a risky affair. The cases of reported deaths are in hundreds that relates to dozens of workplaces in Australia and New Zealand which is quite shocking. The electrocution is one of the major causes of serious injuries and deaths and lot of fires are also caused due to electrical faults. Test and Tag inspections is the solution to prevent such incidents and reduce risks involved in dealing with electrical items.
OH&S legislation for Test and Tag
The government is particular about reduction of risks involved in electrical operations from the perspective of Occupational Safety & Health (OH&S) and that’s why regular Test and Tag NZ testing has been mandatory in respect of electrical equipments for some sole traders, contractors, businesses operating in a working environment. This doesn’t involve high costs but offer enough safety and peace of mind. You can avoid thousands of dollars in compensation by spending little money to follow safety regulations. This is simple by being compliant with the AS/NZS 3760:2010.