Test & Tag - Electrical Safety
NZ Office Systems can Test and Tag:
- Photocopier & Printer
- Computer & Electronics
- Electrical Testing & Tagging (No 3 Phase)
- RCD Testing
- Portable Appliance Testing
- Earth Fault Loop
Certified Test & Tag Provider
Testing and Tagging electrical appliances is not mandatory however, it is a legal requirement according to The 2015 Safety at Work Act that any equipment on site is electrically safe and maintained in a safe condition, and that every business in New Zealand provide a safe workplace environment as far as reasonably practicable for its employees and visitors coming on site.
What is Test & Tag?
Testing and Tagging electrical appliances is one useful way to inspect and confirm electrical equipment safety in accordance with the AS/NZS 3760 Safety Standards.
Testing process includes visual inspection, earth continuity, voltage and amperage, and provides a snapshot of how safe the appliance is at the time of testing.
Who can Test & Tag?
A business doesn’t need to have a registered electrician to Test & Tag but the person doing the Testing & Tagging needs to be competent and have an understanding of the Standards involved. AS/NZS Standards Competency and Understanding can be achieved by undertaking a Test and Tag Course, where participant can learn the theory and the skills to use a portable appliance tester machine.
We at NZ Office Systems are Certified and Experienced to make sure your appliances are duly Tested and Tagged.
How often should electrical appliances be Tested and Tagged?
How often you Test and Tag depends on the nature of the equipment and the workplace. As outlined in the AS/NZS 3760 Standard, the general guidelines of Testing and Tagging frequency are as follows:
- New electrical appliances should be tested prior initial use.
- Building, construction & demolition sites should have their tools tested every three months.
- Factories, workshops, manufacturing plants should be tested every six months.
- Equipment used for commercial cleaning should be tested every six months.
- Commercial workplaces, such as offices should be tested yearly or five-yearly (after assessment).
Whether you Test and Tag or not, it’s important to regularly look at cords, plugs and tools to see if they’re damaged. All electrical equipment still needs to be RCD-protected in certain circumstances, such as outside in the damp.