18 Point Test Tag Contractor Checklist

How To Assess A Test And Tag Contractor

You have your a test and tag program in place and a contractor doing the testing and tagging for you. Now you are asking yourself…

How do I know if they really are qualified to do this?

Can they perform all the required tests on the appliances?

Can they guarantee their services will keep my program fully compliant?

Would their documentation and reports stand up to scrutiny during a safety audit?

These are important questions because if something goes wrong the responsibility will probably be on your shoulders.

You see, there’s a lot more to testing and tagging appliances than just getting someone in to push buttons on a machine and put tags on the appliances.  I know because for the last 12 years I have been operating a test and tag business and running test and tag courses. During this time I have seen many instances of contractors who, unfortunately, give my industry a really bad name;

    • Incorrect testing performed resulting in defects being missed
    • Only doing some of the appliances because they don’t know how to do the more complex ones (leaving the workplace very exposed)
    • Appliances being tagged without any inspections or testing performed on them (to me this is fraud)
    • Use of cheap, uncalibrated test equipment that makes the test reading absolutely worthless
    • Unsafe work practices (after all, we are in the safety industry)
    • Providing meaningless reports or no reporting at all

The big problem facing people like yourself who are responsible for safety in their workplace is there is very little information available on how to assess a contractor or what you should expect from them. Further more, if you engage someone who can’t or doesn’t do the job correctly it can have serious consequences for the business owner, the business and their people. Here are just a few;

  • Defective appliances are missed, resulting in electric shock incidents and near misses occurring
  • Inadequate record keeping
  • Failing QA systems audits
  • Industrial relations problems with the workforce
  • Mobile technicians not being able to use their appliances on sites
  • Being over-charged and/or under-serviced
  • Bad media exposure that can tarnish your otherwise good reputation

Any one of these can adversely impact your business.

I don’t want you to get caught out like so many have, so I’ve put together a super easy checklist that will help you to assess any prospective or current test and tag contractor you have.

It really is super easy; just go down the list, tick the boxes and any blanks can be followed up with the contractor for a response.

It’s a free download and you can get it right now.


John Blackburn