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Keeping electrical appliances tested is a legal requirement. 
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Why Test & Tag?

AS/NZS 3760 is a standard created by Standards Australia that outlines a testing method and frequency for electrical appliances. It was created to minimize electrical hazards in the workplace. 

Appliances are inspected for damage, and various measurements are made to the appliances’ earth continuity, insulation, polarity, and physical condition. After testing has determined a pass, a tag is attached to the appliance lead indicating when it was tested, when the next test is due, anda tracking code. 

Retesting intervals of equipment can vary from 3 months to 5 years, depending of the environment where the equipment is located. This standard is used in both Australia and New Zealand.
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What is AS/NZS 3760?

This is the Standard that specifies safety inspection testing and tagging protocols for compliance with The Electricity Act 1992, The NZ Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992 and OSH regulations.

The appliances that require safety testing are anything that plugs into a normal power point including computers, normal extension leads and power packs.

Basically any piece of equipment, which is powered by electrical energy and that, can be plugged into a socket.

Who should comply?

In short, every enterprise e.g. all Businesses, schools, government departments, factories, workshops, hotels, motels, restaurants, engineering & construction companies, offices, health care facilities, trades people etc.

Portable Appliance Testing - is it law? (YES)

Under OSH and the Electrical regulations every employer must provide an electrically safe workplace. This is a statutory requirement.

Also many insurance companies require the insured to comply with all current regulations. The responsibility on the employer to ensure work equipment is safe is also covered by OSH regulations stating, “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided”.

This includes all work equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy.”

Both OSH and Electrical regulations site AS/NZS 3760 as a means of compliance.

What is a Portable Appliance Tester “PAT”?

This is an electrical test instrument designed to test appliances.

Note: The basic test with a Megger insulation tester will not perform adequate tests to meet electrical safety regulations and AS/NZS 3760.

A lot of appliances have switches and buttons that will only switch on the appliance when the power is on. Our pat testers may power up the appliance and allow the appliance to be turned on. It then performs a test to detect any leakage current. This tests the insulation of the appliance to ensure that it meets the safety standard.

Megger testing onlytests up to the switch of this type of appliance and may damage IT and other sensitive equipment due to the high voltage 500 volts to 1000 volts that it applies to the appliance.

Our PAT’s incorporate Megger testing for use on leads and other equipment were appropriate.

How often does portable appliance testing need to be carried out?

All NEW appliances must be tested and tagged before use for the first time. The minimum frequencies for retesting is as stated by Standard AS/NZS 3760 and depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.

If you or the “responsible person” in your organisation will take personal responsibility that the person that you deem to be the “competent person” that carries out the testing, is in fact competent in every aspect of the inspection and testing.

If an accident happens with an appliance that was not tested properly, then the “responsible person” will be liable along with the person that did the inspection and testing.

The person deemed by you to be competent to inspect & test your appliances for electrical safety, (the competent person) will also take personal responsibility for the correctness of the testing and will also be liable if there is an accident with an appliance that was not fully and properly tested.

This is our core business and we firmly believe that we can carry out the Portable Appliance Testing at your premises in the most cost-effective manner, whilst our experience and unique systems minimise the disruption to you and your staff.

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There is no obligation to take out work with us. You will get a quote or estimate before anything is started.
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