Why test and tag?

August 19, 2015 - 1 min read

Are you a small business owner? Perhaps you just need some clarity on what testing and tagging is? When it comes to the safety of your business, your employees and your appliances, testing and tagging is essential.

Electricians test and tag to give a clean bill of health for your equipment. In fact, the Electrical Safety Standard specifies the need for the safety inspection testing and tagging of electrical equipment. Read on to discover why this electrical service is so vital for your business.

What is Test and Tag?

Testing and tagging is a procedure for safely checking electrical appliances. As an employer or self-employed person, you have a duty of care to ensure that your employees and any visitors to your site/workplace are safe from risks to their health. Part of this duty is to have electrical equipment and any electrical hazards properly assessed, tested and tagged in accordance with the OH&S requirements of your State or Territory.

What Needs to be Tested?

All electrical items designed for connection by flexible supply cord and plug top to 240v or 415v power requires inspection, testing and tagging in all types of workplaces, centres and facilities. Power appliances including power tools and kettles are frequently handled by workers, and as such, require test and tagging.

So, Why Test and Tag?

Test and tagging is not only a procedure, but also a strategy to minimise the risk of electrical shock or injury in the workplace. It also helps prevent power outages caused by short circuits or malfunctioning equipment. Every piece of equipment is inspected, electrically tested, then tagged—all at regular intervals. Test and tagging can take place daily, weekly, monthly, every 6 months, every year or every 5 years, depending on the scope of your business and the machinery/electrical equipment you use. A record of these tests is kept as part of your OH&S risk management documentation.

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