Test and Tag is a process in which a person checks the electrical equipment’s for you to advise if the electrical equipment is safe to use. The person testing and tagging will inspect the equipment visually and then will test it electronically. Once the person is done testing and tags the appliance it is safe to use by everyone. Thus, the reason for test and tag is to ensure that people who are using the appliance don’t face any electrical hazard. If you are an employer it is your primary duty to ensure the safety of the people who are working for you. According to the Melbourne standard AS/NZS 3760 there are few rules to follow while testing and tagging the appliance.
Who Requires Testing And Tagging?
There are many industries such as construction, mining, demolition appliances along with home appliances which are used by employees. All the equipment’s should be tested in regular intervals of 3 months.
Appliances are divided in two categories:
Class I – Earthed appliances such as kettles, toasters and irons.
Class II – Appliance which are double insulated such as electric drills and hair dryers.
Test and Tag Procedure
Listed below is the test and tag procedure which is followed in Melbourne with www.electricaltesting.com.au/test-and-tag-melbourne/.
- The Appointment: The person who is assigned to test would call to set up an appointment date and time for the test and tag.
- Test and Tag: The technician test and tags each appliance which is plugged in a socket according to the regulation of Melbourne for safety of the employees. They firstly check the appliances visually for any external damage. This is when the appliances are inspected and damages are detected. Most problems are inspected at this stage such as damaged plugs, damaged leads or broken external cover are some examples.
- Perform Check With A Portable Appliance Tester: The next step in test and tag is to check-
- Earthing test.
- Insulation test.
- Polarity test.
- Earth leakage test.
According to the results which has been received by the portable tester the technician then attaches a service tag to the appliance and. If it is a construction site there are specific tags which are used so that it is understood by everyone if it is safe to be used. However, if the technician detects a failure, they would advise how it can be repaired or rectified. After the rectification is done a re-test is done to check if the appliance is in a good condition to use.
- Reports: The technician should provide the reports after testing and tagging within 48 hours of testing the equipment. Every appliance receives a unique number which makes it easy to check the items in future.
- Free Reminder Service: The technician generally contacts all their clients in due time to ensure that the appliances are tested on time according to the law in Melbourne. The technician recommend test and tag every three months in demolition and construction site and appliances in an office every 5 years.