Equipment testing and tagging
Test and Tag is a procedure of visually inspecting each appliance for damage, connections, guards, covers and plug by a competent technician. Once the technician is assured the item is safe to inspect the item’s insulation, earthing and polarity to ensure it is electrically secure.
Appliances like power tools and kettles are items that are most often handled by workers are also the most open to damage. This can make electrically unsafe. Under most state and territory regulations, these appliances must be tested and tagged on a regularly to ensure their safe usage.
In order to comply with WHS legislation, all workplaces must demonstrate safe systems of work.
Testing and tagging has been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a method to ensure the safety of portable electrical appliances in the workplace and is legislated in Australia.