Testing and Tagging
We get a lot of enquiry from customers about Testing and Tagging of Appliances and always it starts with why do we have to Test and Tag so often?
The short answer is that it is a legal requirement ....
The long answer is that Employers are responsible under legislation in the following Acts to ensure appliances are maintained and periodically tested for safety.
Electricity Act 1992, and
Electrical testing and tagging to the NZS 3760 standard verifies compliance with your obligations. NZS 3760 is cited in the electrical regulations as a means of compliance (or a way to comply) with the requirements.
Employers must not allow use of appliances if they are electrically unsafe – Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.
It is a grade-A offence to be reckless as to whether appliances are electrically unsafe – Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.
Appliances are deemed electrically safe if they have a current test tag issued in accordance with NZS 3760 – Regulation 26, Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.
You can only know an appliance is safe if it has undergone electrical testing and tagging. Failure to do so is ‘reckless behaviour’, i.e. a grade-A offence under the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.
OSH regulations say employers must take all practicable steps to ensure plant is maintained and safe to use – Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
OSH regulations make it mandatory for electrical appliances in the workplace to conform with the Electricity Act 1992 and the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010. Where a regulation exists, its requirements are mandatory – Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995.
An accident with an untagged appliance would most likely result in a prosecution by OSH unless you can prove it was tested to an approved standard.
The Electricity Regulations say NZS 3760 testing & tagging is a means of verifying the safety of electrical appliances. [See regulations 5 & 26 of Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.]
NOTE: If an untested/unsafe appliance causes a fire your insurance claim could be denied on the grounds you did not take “reasonable care” to prevent loss to your property.