|Also known as||Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)|
|Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards||AS/NZS 37650:2010 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment|
|Renewal Frequency|| Depending on the environment,
Test and Tag is a generic name given to the process of visually inspecting and electrically testing in-service electrical equipment for personal safety. The frequency of testing depends on the equipment and the location of the equipment
Colloquially, it is also referred to as; tagging, test tag, test and tag, electrical tagging, appliance testing, portable appliance test or lead tagging.
The aim is to determine if the appliance is electrically safe for personal use. The appliance undergoes a visual inspection for defects such as damage or missing components and a number of electrical tests to measure earth continuity, insulation resistance and polarity.
In Australia and New Zealand, this is done using the Standard; AS/NZS 3760:2010 “In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment” as a reference document and AS/NZS 3012: 2010 - "Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites,outlines regular inspection and testing requirements".
- Test and Tag Test Equipment Certificate of Calibration
- Test & Tag Competency
You need to test and tag every electrical asset your organisation owns or leases.
Tag and Test register of equipment.
A record of testing must be kept until the electrical equipment is next tested, permanently removed from the workplace or disposed of. A record of testing must specify:
- the name of the person who carried out the testing
- the date of the testing
- the outcome of the testing
- the date on which the next testing must be carried out.
The record may be in the form of a tag attached to the electrical equipment tested.
OK this is a fun one. As you have a general duty of care for anyone on your property, contractors and visitors should only be allowed to plug in portable equipment that has been tested and tagged. Two examples
- Tradeshows now demand all exhibitor equipment is tested and tagged and even provide a testing and tagging service during set up.
- I once did a presentation at a mining company's head office in the middle of town. They insisted my laptop and charge had to be tested and tagged. They even took the equipment away, tested it and returned it to me. Thank you, BHP!
- All contractor electrical equipment brought on to your properties should be tested and tagged. Have you seen the state of some of the electrical equipment and extension cords!!
- Make sure the person carrying out the testing and tagging is suitably qualified.
- Make the test equipment that has been calibrated within the past 12 months.
OK, this may be a bit extreme but why not. You may need to provide an on-site test and tag service or alternative equipment.
None we know of.
Test and tagging is not simply a yearly test, it depends on the environment. See Testing intervals extracted from AS 3760:2010 from ABC Test and Tag website.