Welcome back, I’m John from ACME Test and Tagging.
Today and I’m going to talk to you about the paperwork for your Test and Tag Program, don’t we all love paperwork? Nope.
In order to have a fully compliant test and tag program, you do need have some paper work in behind it all. Fortunately, it’s all pretty straight forward and there are only 4 key documents you will need.
The first one is your Risk Assessment.
What I have done – here is an example of a Risk Assessment I have done in Microsoft Word.
I have created a table with columns and rows;
This is just a fairly simple document.
From that you can create your Policy Document.
The policy document sets the principle course of action for your workplace. It tells your people the how’s and why’s of what’s going on with your test and tagging program.
You can hand that document to people who come on-site, visitors, and say look “these our policies in relation to you bringing your appliances on-site”, you can also use it with the induction of new employees to explain to them why you’ve got a test and tag program and what your policy is.
The third document that you need is an Exclusions Document.
In the standard AS/NZS 3760 it makes provision for some appliances to be excluded and it would be worthwhile noting those in the exclusions document. You may also have some other appliances that you consider to be such a low risk that you don’t need to have them test and tagged. And that would be cross referenced to the Risk Assessment.
The fourth one which you need is the Retest Intervals.
That sets out what appliances and in what environments and how often they need to be retested.
The value of having all of those is that there will be consistency across the board, everybody knows what your policy is, what the risks are. If you have someone, a contractor coming on the site to do the test and tagging, you can give them the exclusions, you can give them the retesting intervals and say “there they are”.
If you’ve got an in-house technician, you can do the same thing and say “there’s the exclusions, there’s retest intervals” and if that person leaves and you got another person you don’t have to go through all of it again, you got it written down.
That is your four essential pieces of paper work that you need.
If you need a hand with those, we have got a template that you can use for the risk assessment, we have got a template for policy document, we have got a template for exclusions and guess what, we also have a template for retest intervals.
If we can be of any help to you, give us a call or shoot as an email.
See also: Test and Tag Tip #4
This information is general in nature, should be used as a guide only and read in conjunction with the relevant Standard(s), State and/or Federal Legislation, Codes of Practice and Industry Standards specific to your workplace. A proper risk assessment should be under taken before acting on the information provided in this document or any related material. Further information can also be obtained from your local Workplace Authority, Electrical Safety Authority or a suitably qualified persons. This article is copyright protected.