Test & Tag
The phrase “Test and Tag” is a generic term that has come to be accepted as referring to the process of inspection testing and tagging of electrical equipment and appliances to the requirements of “AS/NZS 3760:2010 In-Service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment”.
Testing and tagging is recognized by OHS and electrical safety authorities in Australia as the best way to ensure that electrical equipment and appliances in a workplace are safe to use and free from hazardous faults.
FACT: Currents as low as four thousandths of an ampere (0.004A) can cause pain. Currents over twenty thousandths of an ampere (0.02A) cause muscles to contract; i.e. you can’t let go of the appliance you are holding!
When applicable, in-service inspection and testing includes: –
- External inspection of the equipment and connecting facilities (e.g. supply cord) – Visual Inspection
- Protective Earth Continuity tests to Class I equipment, EPODs, cord sets, and cord extension sets – Earth Continuity Test
- Insulation testing by measuring insulation resistance or leakage current – Insulation Resistance Test OR Leakage Current Test
- Confirmation of the correct polarity of live connections in cord sets with rewireable plugs or rewireable connectors, and cord extension sets with rewireable plugs or rewireable cord extension sockets
The “Test and Tag” process is made up of four main steps: –
- Visual Inspection
Even though we refer to this step as “Visual Inspection” it is in fact a visual and physical inspection of equipment. During the Test and Tag process 90% of defects are detectable via the visual inspection.
The purpose of testing is to detect the any unobservable electrical faults not found by the visual inspection process.
The purpose of tagging electrical equipment is to provide easily identifiable visual evidence that the equipment has been checked and is safe to use. The tag includes information regarding the location/area within your workplace where the equipment resides, when the next test is due, who performed the tests, and test results (Pass/Fail).
Once the inspection, test and tag process has been completed Jez Test and Tag provides a comprehensive Test Report that satisfies all of the requirements of AS/NZS 3760:2010. The report can be provided in a number of formats, including on a CD that provides you with your own version of Seaward’s PATGuard reporting software. Reports include information regarding equipment make and serial number, what location/area within your workplace the equipment resides, when the next test is due, who performed the tests, and detailed test results (not just Pass/Fail comments). Jez Test and Tag will not only provide you with a copy of your Test Report, but also maintains the master copy for 7 years to be able to provide you with these vital records if your copies are ever lost or destroyed.