Test Tag Labels:
How much information is required on the tag?
While a lot of people focus on the “testing” part of the test and tag service, the actual tagging of appliances and equipment is equally important.
The test tag provides important information about the testing that has been conducted, and when it needs to be done again. Whether you hand write tags or print them straight from your tester, standard tag layouts will provide some guidance on what detail should be included – however, not all of the boxes have to be filled out.
For some industries such as tools that go to construction sites, certain test tag colours are required for them to compliant at different parts of the year.
eg. Red = Dec – Feb
The information you must have
The Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760-2010 sets out the minimum information requirements for test tags. This includes:
- ‘Tested to AS/NZS 3760’: All tags must include a reference to the standard. This helps identify items that have been tested overseas and may not meet local safety standards.
- Test date: All test tags must include the date the test was completed. This shows how long it’s been since the item has been tested and helps with planning future testing.
- Tested by: All test tags must include the name of the individual / company that completed the testing. If you are a test and tag professional, you can get customised tags made that include your name or company logo (meaning you don’t have to write it in every time!).
- Next test due: All test tags must include the date the next test should be completed by, based on the appropriate testing interval. This could range from 3 months to 5 years and is mostly based on the environment of the item. For more information on testing intervals, see the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760-2010 (Table 4).
The information it’s recommended you include
Most standard tag layouts will include a couple of other boxes, which are not required under Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760-2010 but are strongly recommended for you to complete. These include:
- License number: It’s recommended you include details of your test and tag certification. This helps improve traceability of who conducted the testing and can be pre-printed on customised tags.
- Plant item number: It’s recommended that you include the asset number for the item that has been tested. This can help with record keeping, allowing you to track the entire test history of each item.
- Tag number: It’s recommended you include your own tracking number. This can also help with record keeping, allowing you to align testing data with asset data, and can be pre-printed on customised tags.
Want more information?
A1 Testing & Tagging can help you out with all of your test tag needs – give us a call on 1300 303 759 to discuss. We sell a range of heavy duty handwritten tags, including a couple of customisable options. We also stock high quality, tear-resistant tag label rolls and ink ribbons, suitable for most commonly used printers.
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