Testing and tagging is the procedure for the safety checking of electrical appliances. In order to satisfy your duty of care and comply with WHS legislation, all workplaces Australia-wide must be able to demonstrate safe systems of work, including electrical safety. ITRiver specialise in testing and tagging of IT infrastructure, and we can also test and tag any other items n the workplace. Portable appliances such as power tools and kettles are items that are most frequently handled by workers, and are also the most open to abuse and hostile environmental conditions which can cause them to become electrically unsafe. Each piece of equipment should be inspected, electrically tested, and then tagged at regular intervals. A record of these tests should then kept as part of your overall OH&S risk management documentation.
ITRiver understands that you would prefer to have your IT infrastructure tagged by someone who understands how to properly operate it. We offer Test and Tag services to our IT clients so that this can be achieved.
Under AS/NZS 3760:2010, any electrical items designed for connection by flexible supply cord and plug top to 240v power needs to be inspected, tested and tagged. This includes computers, monitors, laptop power supply units, and many other IT and non-IT items.
Testing and tagging helps to detect safety problems including frayed cords, wiring faults, safety switches (RCDs) not working, faulty earthing, and incorrect wiring among other things.
ITRiver can advise how often a device needs to be tested and tagged. The requirement to test and tag varies from daily, monthly, three monthly, six monthly, yearly, two-yearly or five-yearly depending on the device and it’s environment and intended use. Industry best-practice indicates a maximum of 12 months between tests for most items in a commercial environment.
In order to provide the safest workplace, all electrical items should be tested even if they are new.
During testing, equipment needs to be switched off or “powered down”. We will offer to conduct your tests during an agreed time or may offer to conduct testing after hours to minimise the impact on your business.
ITRiver’s cost structure is based on the time taken to do the testing. This includes all labour including preparing the equipment, testing the equipment, fitting test tags and reporting. For a detailed individual quotation please call or email us.
Depending on the appliance, testing and tagging of each item will take several minutes. Each appliance is visually inspected, and then a number of electrical tests are completed before the item can be deemed to have passed the test and tag process. ITRiver technicians conduct their testing and tagging as efficiently as possible, ensuring minimal disruption to your daily business activities. After hours services may also be offered.
AS/NZS 3760:2010 requires a test tag to be attached to each item indicating date, item, person performing the test, and status (pass/fail) of test. You must also keep an asset register and historical record of all tested items and the test results, and a record of faulty items and repair actions. You can purchase a copy of the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 from Standards Australia.