Test & tag Frequently asked questions

Seaward Portable Appliance Testing Machine or PAT that we use to test appliances

Test & Tag In Christchurch

PT&T Ltd conducts test and tag in all parts of Christchurch, Rangiora, North Canterbury and Kaikoura.

What is involved With Testing and Tagging?

We come to your site, assess it's hazards and risks to our personnel and prepare a Site Specific Safe Work Method Statement. We'll incorporate your H&S assessments in this.

We'll establish the scope of work you require us to complete. This will include what you want us to do with items that fail (Danger Tag/Lock Out/Disable/Remove/Repair) Don't worry about Power Boards, we replace any Power Board that we fail, at no extra cost.

Each item we test and tag, will be visually examined to confirm it complies with New Zealand's Electrical Safety Regulations, applicable Standards. Along with the requirements of AS/NZS3760 (and those of AS/NZS3012 if you are on a construction and demolition site).

Once an item has been assessed as a visual Pass, it will then be electrically tested using our PAT (Portable Appliance Tester) We use Seaward Prime Test Elite PAT machines, programmed with a range of tests according to the requirements of AS/NZS3760


Equipment electrical tests include:

  • Earth continuity (class 1 equipment ,leads, RCD, PSOAs, multiboards)
  • Insulation test. (Class 1 item, Class 2 item, Lead, RCD PSOA,).
  • Earth Leakage Current Class 1 item <5mA  pass, Class 2 item <1mA (same RCD/MOV)
  • Polarity test (Leads/Multiboards/PSOAs).
  • Rated Trip test RCDs Type 1 10mA trip time <40mS, Type 2 30mA trip time <300mS

Once both the visual and electrical tests have been completed and we are certain of it's electrical compliance with AS/NZS3760, we will print a tag, put a coloured overlay on it and fit the tag to the lead near the plug top of an item with a fixed lead. If an item has a detachable lead, there will be two sets of tests/tags, one for the lead and a second for the appliance according to it's Class.

We will produce a set of reports once we're done and send these to you via email. Our reports are unique to us, and contain more detail than any other test and tag service- email us and request samples and you'll see who the best test and tag service is.

Do My Appliances Have To Be Tested and Tagged?

Do my appliances have to be tested & tagged ? The Heath & Safety At Work Act 2015  has this to say:

38. Duty of PCBU who manages or controls fixtures, fittings, or plant
   at  workplaces

 (1)  A PCBU who manages or controls fixtures, fittings, or plant at a
       workplace must, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that the 

        fixtures, fittings, or  plant are without risks to the health and safety of
       any person.

What  is “reasonably practicable” will depend on the degree of risk the worst  possible outcome will occur and the resources available, testing and  tagging your appliances should not cost a disproportionate amount to the  risk of potential harm it reduces. 

The test and tag of electrical items to AS/NZS3760 is a way of reducing that risk, gets items used to deemed safe under the Electrical Safety Regulations (see Reg 26)

Test and tag costs, and other test and tag FAQ

 With test and tag costs, one size doesn't fit all, or reflect the difficulty of testing a diverse range of items in a variety of workplaces to the requirements of the electrical test and tag standard  AS/NZS3760 and AS/NZS3012, along with the Electrical Safety Regulations  - Please call 022 424 0489 to discuss your situation