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Test & Tag for the Theatre Industry

Test and Tag is the name given to the process of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances.

It involves two parts: first visually inspecting the appliance for any damage, followed by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester.

Once tested, the item is placed with a tag to confirm that it has in fact been tested, along with showing who tested it, the test date and when the next test is due.

The primary reason behind doing testing and tagging is to ensure the safety of the people in the workplace coming into contact with the appliance, while also minimising the risk of an electrical hazard.

The AS/NZS 3760 is the Australian Standard that provides guidelines and regulations for the test and tag industry with regards to electrical safety of appliances. It sets out recommendations to issues such as test and tag intervals, defines who can test and tag and general guidelines.

Why Test & Tag?

Many venues require you to have your equipment's Test & Tag completed prior to bringing them into the venue (eg. microphones, AV, lighting, even things like power boards, double-adapters, irons, phone chargers, and other small items) as it is a legal requirement in Australia for workplaces to maintain safety of equipment. With or without this requirement, it is vital to keep on top of your Test & Tag obligations to protect the safety of your cast and crew.

Where to from here?

We can help! With most testing being priced at just $5 per appliance, it's not as cost-prohibitive as you might have expected. And yes, of course, we offer services to customers outside the theatre industry - it's just the theatre industry that we started doing it for! All our testing staff are fully and currently qualified and certified to Australian state and federal standards.

Fill out the form below or email us at hello@asot.school and we'll help you arrange a time.
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