What is test and tag electrical and what does it involve?
In a nutshell, testing and tagging is the term used to describe the way in which electronic appliances, devices and gadgets are visually evaluated and then manually checked by an expert (often an electrician). If the device functions as expected, the device will then be tagged to demonstrate that it is functional and it can continue to be used.
If the device fails its inspection then it either won’t be tagged, or will be issued with a label detailing any faults that have been found.
In the majority of instances, any devices that are tested will typically be in service. The majority of electrical appliances within work places will legally require check-ups at least once every few years – and further information on the time in which the device was last checked can often be found on the previous test and tag label (attached to the device or stuck on to its surface).
Who can perform test and tagging?
TnT tasks are often left to the experts and when in the work place, only a licensed electrician will be able to approve or disapprove a device’s service future. Lead tagging is the most common type of tagging process that takes place within the professional environment, as it allows the expert to evaluate the performance and condition of a device or appliance, before correcting any issues on the spot (if required), or approving the device for future use until its next check.
What happens if a device is approved?
Each device tested will be documented and tagged. This can make it easy to gauge how long an electronic appliance has been in action and how often it’s been evaluated. If the device is approved and is branded as functional, then it can continue to be used. If it fails its tests however, whether for aesthetic or functional purposes reparations can take place, or alternatively the item can be scrapped and replaced.
What is the purpose of a test and tag?
This process serves one main purpose and that’s to ensure that the device being evaluated is safe and fit for use. Aesthetically speaking, if damage has occurred that could result in injury, it won’t pass that part of the test. If the functionality is drawn into question, it won’t pass either. The purpose is to make sure that whatever type of device is being used; from a washing machine to a personal computer – safety and functionality are the top priorities.