Do I need to test and tag my new computer

If you have a brand-new computer set up in your office, does it need to be tested and tagged right away or can it wait for the next routine test and tag service?

The testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances is mandated for some industries and best practice for all other industries under the joint Australian New Zealand standard AS NZS 3760.2010. It’s an important process for businesses to follow because it helps to ensure a safe electrical environment for everyone, but when it comes to that new computer that you’ve just set up does it need to be tested and tagged?

Do all appliances need to be tested and tagged?

Appliances that should be tested and tagged include any devices with a flexible cable, a removable plug and a voltage that exceeds 50V. The average phone charger doesn’t have a voltage that exceeds 50V so it wouldn’t need to be tested, but it’s generally recommended that laptop and desktop computers are tested and tagged.

All appliances used within the business that fit the criteria (flexible cord, removable plug, 50V) should be tested — whether they are owned by the business or not. So, if you have staff members with their own laptops, these should be tested when your routine test and tag service takes place.

I’ve bought a new computer for my business. Does it need to be tested and tagged?

Your computer doesn’t need to be tested if it is a new appliance. According to/AS NZS 3760.2010, the responsibility for the electrical safety of a new appliance rests with the supplier. However, the onus is on you (as the owner of the appliance or the owner of the business) to check the new appliance carefully for any obvious visible damage. If the appliance is visibly damaged in any way, then you should return it to the supplier and request a replacement because it will not pass a test and tag.

The safety standard allows for owners of computer and office equipment to have new computers tagged by their in-house competent person if there is no obvious physical damage to the computer. However, the computer should still be tested and tagged with your other business appliances the next time your routine test and tag takes place.

I’ve bought a demonstration model computer. Does it need to be tested and tagged?

Yes, it does. The Australian safety standard excludes demonstration stock from retail and wholesale outlets meaning that a computer that has been used as a demonstration model in-store isn’t necessarily considered to be new. If you have bought such a device, it’s recommended that you have it tested and tagged once you receive it.

My work has told me that I need to get my brand-new laptop tested and tagged? Are they right?

If you’re going to use your laptop at work on the business’s premises, then they can request that you get the item tested and tagged even if it is new. Put yourself in the business owner’s shoes — they only have your word for the fact that it is a new computer, and they have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for everyone in the business and make sure to ask services from test and tag Melbourne.

Do I need to test and tag a second-hand computer that I’ve bought for my business?

Yes. If you’re buying a second-hand computer or laptop, make sure to inspect the item thoroughly for any signs of visible damage to the computer or its cord and plug. If there is any damage, no matter how small, don’t buy the item. Even if there is no visible damage, you should still get it tested and tagged for peace of mind because you’re not familiar with the history of the computer.

Always rely on expert advice. Jim’s Test & Tag have technicians trained in testing and tagging practices and PAT testing that can help make your business is a safe electrical environment. Phone 13 15 46 for more information.