Anyone can test and tag portable electrical equipment given that they have undertaken the required competency training and qualification as per AS/NZS 3670:2010. This means you don’t need to be a registered electrician to legally inspect electrical appliances.
What is AS/NZS 3760:2010?
This Standard provides a process for the safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment at various workplaces. It covers portable electrical appliances with a flexible cord and plug (or a connecting device) that connect to the mains supply. Its scope extends to any devices or equipment that is brought into the workplace, such as battery chargers, electric drills, etc.
Safety inspection is a must for new equipment before first use and all other low-voltage, single phase or polyphase equipment in service or is offered for hire. The frequency of the test depends on a preset schedule, as well as on a risk analysis or the environment in which the equipment is exposed.
AS/NZS 3760 puts a lot of emphasis on the test and tag work being carried out by a ‘competent person’, and stipulates the requirements a person needs to fulfil to be considered competent. Working with electrical devices poses a high risk of electrocution and other potentially fatal accidents. Test and tag training not only ensures the equipment is safe to operate but also ensures the protection of the person conducting the in-service inspection.
This course provides instruction on how to test and tag electrical devices correctly and safely, as well as how to operate the test equipment which is typically a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT). Additionally, the course teaches regulatory requirements such as tag information, testing intervals, record keeping, different types of equipment and appropriate testing, and other general guidelines.
This course is designed to give you all the skills and knowledge required to being testing and tagging. It also useful for those who are actively testing and tagging, as it contains up-to-date information about relevant regulations and any changes to AS/NZS 3760. It also touches on the standards and regulations that organisations must comply with to prove they are taking all practicable steps to provide a safe working environment for their employees.
Some topics stated in the Standard can easily be misunderstood, which is why test and tag training exists to interpret them clearly. The training must be done by a registered training organisation like Metrotest NZ. By training with us, you can have the confidence of learning from the best. Our trainers have carried out thousands of tests and have a wealth of knowledge to draw on. You’ll also have full lifetime support from one of the longest established test and tag companies in New Zealand.
We conduct trainings in various locations around the country to help as many organisations as possible to become test and tag ready and competent. Many companies are now enjoying the benefits of training their in-house staff. They spend less on testing and have the assurance of a compliant and safe workplace.
View the AS/NZS 3760:2010 Training Courses on our website to find out the available slots and schedules near you. For inquiries, call us on 0800 638 768 or drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.