What is Test and Tag?
The AS/NZS 3760 is a standard that was implemented to minimise the risk of an electrical hazard in the workplace. It has two components: testing all electrical equipment at a specified intervals and tagging, or labelling, each item so that it can be identified as being tested. The purpose for testing and tagging is to reduce the risk of someone coming into contact with an untested electrical appliance. This Standard became effective in January 2017, replacing the previous version which came into effect in 1992.
How often do I Test and Tag?
The proper frequency of testing is dependent on the application and environment in which the cord will be used.
For the most common environments, we recommend the following frequencies:
Every 3 Months
Building, construction and demolition – this requires the most frequent testing due to it being considered a harsh environment and therefore an appliance being damaged is more likely compared to other settings.
Every 6 months
Factories, warehouses and production – this type of an environment isn’t considered as harsh, but because appliances are often used constantly it needs to be tested every 6 months.
Every 12 Months
An environment where the equipment/supply cord is prone to flexing or open to abuse – this is often referred to as a hostile environment as the appliance can be overused and is therefore exposed to abuse by the user, as well as dust, general deterioration and the weather.
Every 5 Years
An environment where the equipment/supply cord is not prone to flexing or open to abuse – this is commonly referred to as a non-hostile environment