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Why Testing & Tagging Your Electrical Equipment is Needed

Over time, electrical equipment can become worn down, frayed, twisted and generally damaged as a result of prolonged use, inappropriate storage and general wear and tear.

Damaged cables on appliances aren’t just a bit of an eyesore, they are also a potential fire hazard in your workplace that needs to be addressed ASAP.

One way to lessen the risk of potential electrical fires is by engaging a professional from East Coast Fire & Safety to undertake fire protection engineering via the test and tag assessment.

What is a Test and Tag?

A test and tag is a process undertaken to assess the safety of electrical appliances.

Testing begins with a qualified professional, who visually reviews the entire appliance, from plug and lead to the appliance itself. The appliance then undergoes electrical testing with a Portable Appliance Tester.

If the appliance is compliant and safe to use, it is then tagged by the professional undertaking the testing. The tagging process involves adding a physical tag to the appliance to take note of important details, such as:

  • Date of the test
  • Name of the person who conducted the test
  • Date of the next test.

The test and tag industry is well regulated by Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010, which provides guidelines for how often appliances should be tested, who is authorised to undertake the tests and so on.

What Equipment Requires a Test and Tag?

As a rule of thumb, any appliance that has a flexible power cable, a removable plug and is not low voltage requires regular testing.

This includes appliances such as toasters, irons, kettles, hair dryers and drills, as well as equipment such as power boards and RCD’s (Residual Current Device systems).

How Often Should Test and Tags Occur?

The frequency of testing for appliances in your workplace depends on the environment they exist in.

For example, an appliance in a building or demolition site is going to be far more damaged and at risk than that in an office space, so it should undergo a test and tag more regularly.

Various workplaces also have different test and tag frequencies as a result of their occupational health and safety planning or risk management strategy.

At East Coast Fire & Safety, we recommend that testing and tagging should be conducted as part of fire protection engineering every six (6) months and annually, with more frequent testing if the equipment endures harsher conditions.

Is There a Requirement for Testing & Tagging in Australia?

While it’s not a legislative requirement for workplaces to carry out regular test and tag checks on appliances and electrical equipment, every employer does have a duty of care to their employees.

This means that if an employee was injured as a result of an untested, unsafe appliance, the employer may be found liable for the incident.

Who Can You Trust With Your Workplace Test and Tag?

This important process must be carried out by a “Competent Person” or a qualified electrician.

A Competent Person is someone who has completed a test and tag course in Australia and therefore, has the knowledge and skills to undertake any test and tag requirements at your workplace.

Our team of competent fire safety practitioners at East Coast Fire & Safety are trained and experienced in test and tag procedures, so they are available to assist you with your regular testing requirements.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can support your workplace withfire protection engineering.