Check out this section for answers to common queries. If your question isn’t here, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Is testing and tagging compulsory in New Zealand?
Yes, as set out in the Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010. The energy safety website – www.med.govt.nz/energysafety – has detailed information about testing and tagging too. At a more general level, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016 sets out what is required by an employer to keep a workplace safe. Many industries have their own governing bodies that require electrical testing and tagging as part of their OHSE programmes, and it’s also compulsory on construction sites, for hired equipment and for repaired appliances.
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What are the benefits of electrical testing and tagging?
The most obvious benefit is workplace safety. Workers and visitors are safer, and accidents and injuries are fewer when appliances and equipment are well maintained and tested regularly.
The second benefit is that should an accident occur (and they do), if you can show that your business is compliant you are in less risk of being prosecuted under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
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Who can complete electrical testing and tagging for me?
Anyone with the right training, competency and equipment (usually an electrician or electrical service technician) can do testing and tagging.
How often should I get my workplace electrical items tested and tagged?
It depends on the equipment and the workplace environment. The harsher the environment, the higher potential for damage, so the more frequently items should be tested. Some businesses have a variety of environments, so testing frequency will vary, from three months to five years.
At LecSafe, we develop a customised testing programme to suit your work environment and business needs.
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Do all electrical items need to be tested and tagged?
No, items that are fixed in place and hard wired don’t need to be tested. Check the AS/NZS 3760 standard, and keep documentation for those items for future reference.
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How do I make sure my testing programme is compliant with the AS/NZS 3760 standard?
The best way to make sure you’re meeting compliance is by getting us to run your testing and tagging programme.
Different items have different requirements – for example, office equipment generally needs to be tested every five years, but some warehouse equipment needs yearly testing. You may also have some hard-wired equipment that doesn’t need regular testing. To meet compliance, equipment needs to be accurately tagged after testing.
Documentation is also important – businesses are required to keep an up-to-date list of equipment, testing dates, repairs, and any faults. This information needs to be retained for seven years.
Luckily, LecSafe can take care of all the detail for you. Contact us now to find out more.