Appliance Test and Tag Melbourne

Test and Tag is a process that involves testing portable appliances and attaching a tag that shows the results of the test, when testing was conducted, by whom, and when the next test is due. The process is governed by the Australian Safety Standard AS NZS 37.

Visual vs Electrical Tests

Before appliances can be deemed safe, a competent technician must complete both a visual and an electrical test as part of a comprehensive test and tag process.

A visual test involves a comprehensive inspection of parts such as the plug, supply cord and socket for any signs of visible damage. Guards and covers are checked to ensure they are correctly attached. The appliance is further tested for rattles that could indicate the presence of small loose objects that may interfere with the appliance’s safety. Class II appliances must be checked for deep engravings that could impact the insulation of the device. More than 90% of defects are detectable by visual inspection.

AS/NZS 3760:2022 requires the following electrical tests to be conducted on appropriate appliances:

  • Insulation resistance 
  • Polarity 
  • Leakage current testing 
  • Earth resistance 

What Is AS/NZS 3760?

AS/NZS 3760:2022 is an electrical safety standard in Australia that specifies safety inspection and maintenance standards. According to this standard, a qualified technician must conduct the test and tag procedure to confirm that portable electrical appliances are safe for use in a business or industry.

Why Must a Professional Conduct Testing and Tagging?

A competent, certified technician has the appropriate skills obtained through rigorous training, qualification, and experience. They will also know which appliances need to be tested and tagged.

Is Testing and Tagging of Appliances Compulsory?

While Test and Tag is compulsory for certain industries, a technician can advise a business if it is mandatory or just recommended. Businesses in the mining, demolition, and construction industries are required to have appliances tested at least every three months. Other requirements exist in hospitality and equipment hire.

Business owners must bear in mind that they are legally responsible for the safety of employees, and if an accident occurs involving an appliance that has not been tested and tagged, the business owner could be held liable.

Which Appliances Need To Be Tested?

All portable appliances with a removable plug, flexible cable, and a voltage of more than 50V must be tested and certified safe. These requirements apply to equipment used for business purposes such as printers and computers, as well as other appliances on the premises like refrigerators, kettles, and toasters. Microwave ovens must be tested for radiation leakage.

As a precaution, it is best to test and tag all appliances on the premises to avoid missing any. After a competent person concludes the test, he will provide you with documentation detailing the status of all appliances tested, along with failed item reports to be kept as a record of the safety status of your business appliances.

Why Choose Byrd Electrical To Test and Tag Your Appliances?

Byrd Electrical provides a premium test and tag service to meet the particular needs of your business. Our skilled professionals undergo regular training in Test and Tag. We focus on personalised customer relations where we can quickly respond to concerns. Our meticulous attention to detail ensures that our highly valued professional services are sought after in the Sandringham area.

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