Test and Tag FAQ
Test and tag means verified safety from fire and electric shock when using electric appliances in the workplace. Learn more, and why it’s important…
What is testing and tagging?
To test and tag plug-in appliances (e.g. computers, heaters, leads, fans, tools, etc) for safety from electric shock and fire. This gives you peace of mind and compliance with electrical and OSH regulations.
Why test and tag?
Many faults are not visible and can only be discovered by testing with specialised equipment. There is no way to know for sure that an appliance is safe without such electrical testing by a qualified technician.
Testing and tagging to verify the electrical safety of your appliances to NZS 3760 by Comply Guy means…
- Verified protection against fire and electric shock when using electric appliances in the workplace.
- A demonstration to OSH that you have taken “practicable steps” to ensure electrical safety. See Electrical Testing Legislation page.
- You have a defence against personal prosecution in the event of an accident and injury to people in the workplace. See Electrical Testing Legislation page.
- A demonstration to your insurance company that you have taken “reasonable care” to prevent loss.
- Safety certificates that we supply can be displayed at your reception and staffroom.
- Total appliance safety within your budget. We will provide an exact quote for your site.
Importance of testing
We come across dangerous appliances every day in schools and businesses. According to the NZ Energy Safety Service’s electrical accident reports, over a 1-year period…
- Appliances (ten accidents) and power lines (eight accidents) were the major contributors to fatal electrical accidents.
- 125 electrical accidents caused injury to 134 people.
- About 40% of the appliance and installation accidents and 20% of total accidents were due to a lack of maintenance.
“This highlights the need for electrical safety and is why appliance testing is so important,” says Bruce Gordon.
A phone charger caused this…
It pays to test.
What needs to be tested?
All electrical appliances that use a plug (2-pin or 3-pin) to connect to the power supply.
Is it compulsory for all businesses?
Yes, as stipulated by electrical and OSH regulations. Electrical testing must be part of your safety programme. The Electricity Act 1992, Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 , Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and Occupational Safety and Health regulations put the duty of care on the employer to ensure the safety of employees and all people using the premises.
Electricity Regulations refer to NZS 3760 in-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment as a means of ensuring safety with electrical equipment.
See our Electrical Testing Legislation page for detailed info.
How to test?
In accordance with the NZS 3760 Standard.
How often to test?
Between 3-monthly and 5-yearly depending on the environment the appliance is in. Here is an indication of the maximum interval between tests…
Before use in any workplace…
- Any new or untagged appliance: Before use in any workplace.
- Building sites
- Hire equipment
- Cleaning equipment
- Work areas
- Public areas of rest homes
- All other areas not mentioned
- Residential areas of rest homes
- Some office and protected appliances (otherwise 1 yearly)
To give you the best service available and if you are not satisfied, we’ll put it right free.
Free download of electrical safety booklet:
A guide to living safely with electricity (PDF, 544 KB)
Click link to open in browser; right click and select “Save Target As…” to download.
Click here to download the AS/NZS 3760 PDF. N.B. This is NOT a FREE DOWNLOAD. If you are looking for NZS 3760 free download, we regret to inform you that Standards New Zealand sell the NZS 3760 PDF for $77.40 +GST. If you’re into it like we are though, it’s well worth the money.
Free energy safety info
Energy Safety is the regulator for ensuring the safe supply and use of electricity and gas in New Zealand. Their website www.med.govt.nz/energysafety contains comprehensive electrical safety information.