TEST and tag is especially important in work environments. In workshops, retail stores, kitchens or construction sites, electrical safety is paramount.
All levels of management are legally responsible for workplace safety, and a documented risk assessment approach is required. This includes assessing the risk presented by portable electrical appliances.
Test and tag is a strategy which minimises the risk of electrical shock to workers. Each piece of equipment is inspected, electrically tested, and then tagged (labelled) at regular intervals. A record of these tests is kept as part of overall OH&S risk management documentation.
It is especially important for employers to pay attention to the risks where the workplace presents an environment which is hostile to electrical equipment. Hostile work environments may, for example, expose electrical equipment to damage from moisture, heat, vibration, corrosive chemicals, dust, or physical use or abuse.
Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760 defines methods of testing and tagging electrical appliances which reduce the risks to workers.
Test and tag specialists Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing (SEAT) are committed to helping employers to comply with their obligations under the OH&S Act. SEAT offers test and tag services which comply with AS/NZS 3760.
Qualified test and tag technicians use specialised appliance testing instruments to test for invisible electrical faults, as well as completing a thorough visual inspection.
The inspection and test results are recorded electronically, and employers are provided with a Test and Tag Log, which forms a part of their risk assessment documentation. The electronic record keeping system can be used as an effective asset management tool for non-electrical assets as well.
This test and tag procedure and record keeping ensures compliance with AS/NZS 3760, and documents the employer's commitment to electrical safety in the workplace.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing also offers after-hours and weekend services.