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Behind the Scenes of Test and Tag: What Happens in Your Workplace

In our previous articles, we give you an idea of what is test and tag, why we need to perform test and tagging, and the New Zealand standard for test and tagging.


Here in this article, let's dive deeper into the practical aspects of testing and tagging procedures, including the time it takes, who can perform the tasks, and the types of tests involved.

 



Responsibilities for Workplace Safety

Ensuring a safe working environment is a fundamental responsibility of every company. While it may not be legally compulsory to conduct testing and tagging in New Zealand, it is vital for companies to take proactive measures to safeguard the health and safety of their employees. This not only helps mitigate potential accidents or injuries but also fosters a culture of trust and well-being among employees.

 

How long will testing and tagging take?

The duration of testing and tagging for each appliance varies, typically taking several minutes per item.


Before any electrical tests are performed, each appliance undergoes a thorough Visual Inspection. After that, other electrical tests such as Earth Continuity Test, Insulation Resistance Test, Earth Leakage Test and Functional Testing are conducted to ensure the item meets the requirements and is compliant to be “passed”.


Our TESTntel technicians strive to conduct testing and tagging with maximum efficiency, minimising disruptions to your daily business operations. We also provide night and weekend shifts for added convenience.


Do you have to be an electrician to do test and tagging?

No - you do not have to be an electrician to perform test and tagging.

However, while electricians are qualified to perform these tasks, competency in testing and tagging can be attained through proper training, knowledge, and experience. Therefore, individuals who have received sufficient training and possess the necessary skills can also undertake testing and tagging activities effectively.


Who can test and tag electrical equipment?

Under the terms of the AS/NZS 3760:2022 Standard, a ‘Competent Person’ who has sufficient knowledge and training on a continuing basis to undertake current inspection and test procedures.


Please note, being “competent” means having the right skills and knowledge to safely perform a job. Adherence to electrical regulations often necessitates certification from organisations such as the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) to be recognised as "competent."


All TESTntel technicians hold the appropriate licenses and qualifications required to conduct Testing and Tagging in all regions of New Zealand.


If you have any inquiries regarding this, please call us at 0800 837 8824. 


What types of portable electrical appliances require testing and tagging?

To simplify, any device equipped with a flexible cable, a detachable plug, operating at voltages not exceeding 50V, must undergo testing and tagging.


Additionally, all electrical items designed for connection via flexible supply cord and plug, including portable plug-in appliances such as phone chargers, USB chargers, laptop chargers, and other electrical plug-in appliances situated in the workplace and plugged into a power point less than 2.5 meters from the ground, require inspection, testing, and tagging in all workplaces, organizational, or community settings.

For example, the following items in the office require testing and tagging:

  • Computers and monitors

  • Chargers

  • Desk lamps

  • Hairdryer

  • Fans and heaters

  • Printers, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners

  • Staff kitchen & tearoom appliances (kettles, toasters, fridges, ovens, sandwich makers, coffee machines, microwaves, etc.)

  • Extension cords

  • Power boards

  • IEC Leads

  • Audio/visual equipment

  • Isolation transformers

  • All electrical cleaning equipment (vacuum cleaners)

  • All electric power tools (heat guns, drills, etc.)

  • 3 phase electrical equipment

  • RCDs (Residual Current Devices)

  • Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs


Know more about the appliances that require testing and tagging in Understanding Electrical Testing and Tagging Compliance with Regulations in New Zealand. 


Do I Need to Test and Tag New or Second-Hand Equipment?

According to the AS/NZS 3760:2022 standard, newly purchased items do not need to undergo testing upon acquisition. However, they must be tagged upon introduction to the workplace to indicate their status as newly purchased and ensure they have not been overlooked in previous testing rounds.

 

What tests does TESTntel provide?

TESTntel provides a comprehensive range of tests to ensure the safety and compliance of electrical appliances. Our testing services typically include:


1. Visual Inspection: Thorough examination of the appliance and its components to identify any visible signs of damage, wear, or defects.

2. Insulation Resistance Test: Measurement of insulation resistance to verify the integrity of insulation materials and detect any potential faults or breakdowns.

3. Earth Continuity Test: Assessment of the earth connection to ensure proper grounding and electrical safety.

4. Leakage Test: Detection of any leakage of current to earth, which could indicate potential electrical hazards.

5. Polarity Test: Verification of correct wiring connections to ensure the appliance is properly wired and operating safely.

6. Functional Testing: Operation of the appliance to ensure it functions correctly and safely under normal operating conditions.


These tests are essential for identifying and addressing any electrical hazards, ensuring the safety of personnel and compliance with regulatory standards.



What sort of faults and hazards do TESTntel find in the workplace?

When conducting testing and tagging, TESTntel technicians come across many of the following electrical safety hazards:


  • Frayed or Damaged Cords / Cases / Plugs

  • Wiring Faults

  • Single Insulation / Conductor Exposed

  • Insulation Fail Test

  • Short Circuit

  • Failed Polarity

  • Internal Failure

  • Damaged On/Off Switch

  • Brake Lock Not Working

  • Safety Switches (RCD’s) Not Working

  • Not Functioning Well (e.g. Battery not charging)

  • Earthing System Faulty

  • Incorrect Wiring

  • Item Missing (e.g. Rear brake wheel cover missing from the bed; missing guards from tools)

  • Unsafe and Hazardous Environments

  • Electrical Appliances Exposed to Moisture, Corrosion, Vibration

  • Faulty / Expired Fire Extinguisher

Learn more about the comprehensive field services conducted by our technicians, ensuring optimal performance and safety for your electrical systems and equipment.


What test and tag records need to be kept?

AS/NZS 3760:2022 requires the following record keeping establishing the history of tests:

  • A test tag attached to each item indicating the name of the person an entity performing the test, inspection date, a retest date, and item detail.

  • An asset register and historical record of all test items and test results.

  • A record of results, including pass or fail status, details of faulty items, and repair actions.


How do I get a copy of my test and tag results?

QR Code System

At the conclusion of our rigorous testing process, we offer you a seamless way to access your appliance test results: QR Codes. But how exactly does it work? Let's break it down.


Once our technicians have completed the electrical testing at your site, you'll find our tags securely attached to your appliances. That's where the magic begins. Using your smartphone, simply scan the QR code printed on our tags, and voilà! You'll be instantly connected to your asset database online.


But what information does this database hold? Everything you need to know about your appliances' test results. From asset numbers to pass/fail statuses, test and retest dates, detailed descriptions, and even images of your items, it's all there at your fingertips. And if you encounter any issues with your appliance, fear not – our handy "report" button allows you to swiftly notify us for prompt assistance.

Want to delve deeper into the world of QR testing? Drop us an email at customer.service@testntel.co.nz, or learn more by downloading our Service Guidebook.


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Email us for more detailed test results

Our user-friendly reporting mechanism is meticulously crafted to streamline audits, ensuring a seamless process. After the inspection, you can receive your reports by emailing us in multiple formats: PDF, Excel, electronically or directly through TESTntel Portal.

 

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Contact us today to learn more about how TESTntel can help safeguard your environment against electrical hazards and our comprehensive Field Services.


 

At TESTntel, safety is our top priority, regardless of the environment. Contact us today for a FREE COST ESTIMATE. Learn more about how TESTntel can help safeguard your environment against electrical hazards.


Learn more about TESTntel Field Services: https://www.testntel.co.nz/field-services.

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