Electrical equipment, gadgets, household appliances and tools can make life pretty simple for you. Imagine having to wash all your dirty clothes on your own. It would not just be a tiring thing to do, but it would also result in a waste of time. On the other hand, if you have a washing machine at home, all you need to do is put in your dirty laundry along with some detergent and switch on the machine, it will do the rest for you. It is highly convenient and saves your time, as well. However, if your washing machine is faulty and you still use it, things may prove to be rather dangerous for you.
What Is Test and Tag?
When you go to the store to buy a new electrical appliance or a gadget, you will find a tag on one side of the product. This tag will state the fact that the gadget has been successfully tested and it will also tell you the name of the person who has tested it and the date when it was tested. Most of the tags will also tell you the next due date for the test. This tag is the result of the process of test and tag.
To put things simply, test and tag is a process that involves checking the safety levels of various portable electrical equipment. It is basically conducted in 2 different ways.
- A visual inspection is conducted to find out about possible damage, misuse and wear.
- Electronic testing with the use of PAT or Portable Appliance tester is carried out to try and find out any other cause that may make the appliance dangerous for use.
Different electrical equipment is tagged with the help of a thermal printer. The tag will state that the appliance has been tested, the name of the person who conducted the test, the date of the test and the next due date for the forthcoming test.
Who All Require to Test and Tag?
It is the duty of all employers to ensure proper safety for all the employees as well as visitors. Whether it is a building site or a general office, a hospital or even a school, testing and tagging of various electrical portable equipment is important. This ensures that all the clients, employees, and visitors remain safe from any dangerous situations.
What All Equipment Need to Be Tested and Tagged?
Most of you may wonder about the type of electrical products that need to be tested and tagged. Well, to put things simply, any electronic device that has a flexible cable, does not consume a low voltage, and has a removable plug needs to be tested and tagged. However, this excludes any cord sets, extension leads, and any portable RCDs. It is important for you to remember that electrical equipment fall under 2 classes.
- Class I or protectively earthed and basic insulated equipment such as irons and kettles.
- Class II or double insulated equipment such as hairdryers and electric drills.