More on Test & Tag May 05 2014

What is Test and Tag?

Test and tag is a name given to the work of visually and electrically testing appliances that are in use around the office, building site or factory. It can also be referred to as electrical appliance testing, electrical testing, portable appliance test or lead testing. 

Test and tag is a way of minimising electrical risks to people in your workplace, it is a process of inspecting, electrically testing, tagging (labelling) and logging all electrical appliances. Test and tag is a way of documenting your electrical safety systems for your workplace Risk Assessment. 

 Why is Test and Tag important in your Workplace?

The aim of test and tag is to check that the equipment being used are in the best condition and if not, the equipment that is damaged will be tagged and the workplace risk assessment officer notified of the offending equipment, thereby preventing dangerous situations for you, your employees and clients. By testing your tools, leads, computers, kettles, toasters and other appliances on a regular basis it will lead to reduce the risk of electrical injuries and death. Failure to ensure your electrical equipment is safe at all times can lead to injury or worse, death to anyone within the workplace whether it be yourself, your employees or your clients. 

To provide safety of all people, all electrical appliances should be properly tested before use. Along with electrical tagging and electrical testing, all the safety measures should also be kept in mind before using electricity. Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) refers to the legislation, policies, procedures and activities that aim to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people in the workplace. Every worker has a right to a healthy and safe work environment. Government has provided various laws for testing and tagging, which every manufacturing unit has to follow. 

 I’m pretty sure our workplace has RCD’s

An RCD (Residual Current Device) is designed to protect against electrocution in a narrow range of circumstances only. The RCD measures an out of balance between the active and neutral currently only.

It is quite common for socket outlets in commercial and industrial buildings to be unprotected by Residual Current Devices, known as RCD’s. Cleaners, trades people and others visiting offices or workplace sites could be at risk of electric shocks if a fault occurs in an electrical appliance such as vacuum cleaner or drill when it is connected to a socket outlet that is not protected by an RCD.

Any socket outlet which may be used for portable and handheld equipment requires protection from an RCD which is easily fitted to your standard. It is simply madness not to have one!!