This is a picture of a tag that was found on one of the appliances a client recently asked us to test and tag during their annual retest visit.
Everything looks to be in order, however our “eagle eyed” technician spotted a problem. Can you spot it too?
We have erased the details of the electrician who tested and tagged this appliance to avoid embarrassing them as they probably thought they had done everything right.
What is the problem?
The Standard AS/NZS 3760 makes it very clear what information must appear on the tag attached to compliant appliances ie those that pass the inspection and testing process. This includes the date the appliance was checked.
In this case the electrician used a generic tag that doesn’t make provision for the date the appliance was checked. Regardless, they should have recorded it somewhere on the tag in order to meet all the information requirements.
Although this may seem to be a minor omission it is an omission that means the tag doesn’t display the minimum required information and therefore is non-compliant.
For the owner of the appliance it could result in them failing a safety audit or if they took it to another site or venue they could be faced with a site safety office disallowing them to use it until a fully compliant tag is displayed. Both of these scenarios can and do happen.
Don’t get caught with non-compliant tags on your appliances. Always use a properly trained and qualified test and tagger who is up to date with current regulations.