Testing and tagging is the process of inspecting in-service electrical appliances for the sake of personal safety. This involves visual inspections and electrical testing of such appliances aimed at ensuring that they meet the certified safety standards.
It is also referred to as tagging, portable appliance testing, test and tag, test tag, lead tagging or electrical tagging.
The purpose of the test and tag is aimed at determining the electrical safety of an appliance for personal usage. The appliance will undergo visual inspection where it is checked for physical defects such as missing components and a couple of electrical tests to measure insulation resistant, polarity, and earth continuity.
Electrical safety and regular inspection of electrical appliances, electrical tools, home and office equipment are not to be taken lightly as dozens or workplace-related deaths which are caused by electrical faults and electrocution are recorded yearly with the highest ever recorded happening around the home. Faults like this could have been prevented with proper and regular appliance electrical testing.
Many electric appliances manufacturers often recommend testing of electrical equipment at regular intervals to ensure the safety of people making use of them. The space between each test usually depends on the environment in which the equipment is used and the type of the equipment.
The importation or manufacture of electrical appliances is being governed by the European Low Voltage Directive. Proof of adherence to this law is indicated by the inscription of the CE mark on a product. It is basically the responsibility of the manufacturer or the importer to see to it that this law is complied with and the trading standard polices it.
An example of electrical appliances that are tested for safety standards is the microwave.
In microwave testing, a test and tag are conducted by an expert who will check and ensure that the microwave is safe for kitchen use and environmentally friendly.
Then the safety of the microwave is determined, and if by chance it is found to be defective, it will be marked as defective and kept away from public use.
A faulty microwave is often bound to release radiation into the atmosphere which can be very dangerous. The oven radiation is the energy required to produce water in food which will, in turn, cause the food to heat quickly.
The efficiency of the microwave often varies from location to location, and this is one of the factors considered during the testing of the microwave by the company or expert involved in the test and tag services.
The safety of the electrical appliances is of utmost importance to the users in other to ensure that a safe environment is guaranteed within the environment and workplaces. Retailers and business owners who make use of these appliances also have to make sure that they pass the recommended safety standard set up by the countries that they reside in so as to ensure the safety of the employees and their customers and clients as well.