While testing and tagging is the process of inspecting, electrically testing and tagging (labelling) electrical appliances and equipment, the AS/NZS 3760:2010 Electrical Safety Regulations outline the frequency of electrical equipment testing and tagging. Learn more below about how to keep your workplace safe and compliant with the 3760 regulations.
When you need local testing and tagging for your business, workplace, building site, school or rest home – choose a 100% New Zealand owned and operated service that is conveniently located – wherever you’re based. If you’ve ever needed to know – is there a tag and test service near me, or nearby my workplace; below you’ll find a full list of nationwide Comply Guy technicians always available for testing, tagging and electrical appliance inspection.
When you need to be confident that your employees or staff are workplace and electrically safe, having the tag and testing done locally from www.complyguy.co.nz means you have the benefit of our combined experience of Comply Guy nationwide network and our local knowledge of Christchurch and the Greater Canterbury area.
Did you know that your workplace microwave oven could be exposing users to harmful radiation leakage? You can’t see it occurring, but invisible emissions could be leaking through the small space between the oven door and the oven enclosure whenever your microwave is turned on. In the same way, microwave radiation heats food, it can also heat body tissue…and exposure to high levels of microwaves can cause skin burns or worse still – cataracts.
Here’s how it can happen and why you need to get your commercial or office oven tested to be sure you don’t harm yourself, your employees or compromise the food quality for customers.
Deep in the heart of the Waikato region is Hamilton City. New Zealand’s third fastest growing urban area with a rapidly developing economy, Hamilton is home to a wide range of industries with a strong primary production (dairy) and agri-manufacturing focus.
Due to the recent introduction of significant reforms in workplace legislation, Waikato regional businesses are now under new, more stringent requirements for compliance with health and safety laws. From schools to rest homes, retail or industrial sites, employers now need to be able to demonstrate the workplace is a safe working environment with a process to identify and understanding risks. Electrical tagging and testing with local Comply Guy inspectors ensure your business complies with these requirements – here’s how we can help you.
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Dunedin is the South Island’s second largest city, home to a thriving student population and the principal city of the Otago region.
With flourishing niche industries including engineering, software engineering, and biotechnology, Dunedin continues to grow the greater Otago region economically. Other locations like the resort centres of Queenstown & Wanaka also provide a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy. But in order to continue growing, these wide-ranging locations, industries and workplaces will also need to ensure that they can demonstrate a safe working environment for their employees with the introduction of new April 2016 safety laws. Your workplace needs tagging and testing to comply. Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to Christchurch – the South Island’s largest city and part of New Zealand’s third largest urban area, Canterbury. With the introduction of new workplace health and safety laws and Christchurch’s significant national contribution to agriculture, construction and industry, the region’s business and workplaces need to ensure their employees have a safe working environment. Your workplace needs tagging and testing to comply – here’s why.
Construction sites. Big or small, they are everywhere in New Zealand.
Construction jobs fuel our economy. It’s the countries 6th largest industry with more than 180,000 workers in the construction sector – but shockingly in 2014, there was 5 fatalities & daily serious injuries occurring on sites across New Zealand.
While there have been significant improvements made in health and safety on-site , with 2015 now closed, let’s make sure the 2016 summer season is a cause for celebration through a reduction in these unfortunate statistics*
Test and TAG – Electrical Safety On Site
On building and construction sites, the particularly hazardous combination of (often) damp conditions and electrical power cables or flexible extension cords mean thorough precautions need to be taken to ensure workers electrical safety , protecting them from electric shock, electrocution, fires or explosions.
Here’s what you need to know.
Although testing and tagging will ensure that on-site industry related equipment (https://www.complyguy.co.nz/services/test-and-tag-for-industry/) is safe and potential faults are identified, testing alone does not ensure a safe workplace.
Testing and tagging is required every 3 months. It can detect faults not apparent from a visual inspection alone, however, it is up to users to periodically check that appliances remain in good condition between tests.
Electrical Equipment Safety
- First & foremost, an ID tag should be affixed to all onsite tools and equipment labeled with the previous inspection date and the upcoming due date for inspection.
- Always follow these guidelines to minimise risk to your health and safety when using electrical equipment on site.
- Ensure that there is allowance onsite for all equipment to be stored carefully, securely and safely.
- Workers using the equipment must be trained and competent in its use.
- Have you checked it? Prior to use, ensure you make a quick inspection of the tools you’ll be using.
- Is it working? If not, take out of service NOW if there is a fault or damage.
- Is it labelled? If it is faulty or damaged ensure you label it ‘DO NOT USE’. Keep equipment clean, dry & do not misuse or drop tools to ensure they remain in good working order.
- Is it secured? If it is faulty or damaged and labelled ‘DO NOT USE’ – keep it secure until the equipment can be examined by a competent person ( Comply Guys or other specialists).
- Is it appropriate? Sometimes the working environment is unsuitable or higher risk if using electrical tools. An air, hydraulic or hand powered tool may be more appropriate.
- Is it a flammable or explosive atmosphere? The tools you use should be designed to prevent them from causing ignition.
- Is it unplugged and switched off? Before cleaning or making adjustments, ensure the equipment is not live.
- Is it safety enabled? Your power tools should have a safety switch ensuring the motor is only activated when held in the “on position” by the operator.
And finally, if you are a tradesman taking your cords, appliances or equipment from your workshop to a construction or demolition site you must comply with AS/NZS 3012 (be electrically safe) Your equipment must be tested for electrical safety prior to use. A tag needs to be applied and records maintained of the testing. But a plumber, or another tradesman, may take their electrical tools and equipment from one construction or demolition site to another without the need for additional testing beyond the 3 monthly tests.
Have a safe & secure summer season. If you would like to know more about testing, tagging and safety on-site get in contact with the Comply Guys. We’d love to help – you can also give us a call anytime, without obligation. To contact us via email click here or you can call us on 0800 669 999 0r 021 244 8188.
*Statistics NZ Household Labour Force Survey: December 2010 Quarter