Jim’s Test & Tag is a legendary company, in existence for over twenty-five years. With great franchise business opportunities for qualifying franchisors, this legend will continue to grow in Australia and New Zealand. The other legend is perceptive. It shows a handy looking smiling man ready to work.
There’s this familiar saying which most Aussies are familiar with by now; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Bear in mind, though, that the brand works. It is indicative of one company ready to help you with testing and tagging your equipment and tools for your own safety.
Questions are regularly asked about what equipment needs to be tested. Jim’s Test & Tag advice that all devices that need to be connected to electricity supplies with flexible cords should be tested. Test tags, however, are manufactured for the purpose. They are compatible with both indoor and outdoor test and tag applications and comply with AS/NZS 3760 standards.
One customer asked whether a multimeter and insulation tester would suffice. The straight answer was; no, mainly because these devices do not comply with the requirements of AS/NZ3760:2010, as Jim’s Test & Tag equipment do. Indeed, Jim’s Test & Tag will test the power points that they plug their own testers into. Testing is also done at the franchisor’s premises. Clients bring their new equipment in before using it on their sites.
Jim’s experts are very explicit about correct tagging. Tags should remain legible for the entire duration of equipment’s validity periods. Further, if testing has been done in accordance with AS/NZ 3760, this will be stated on the tag. Jim’s Test & Tag abide by State regulations. They also strongly advise against the use of hand-written tags, mainly because of its illegibility and tendency to wear quickly. Ultimately, testing and tagging is necessary for the safety of people using the tested equipment. It is also in place to ensure that all staff abides by work and safety regulations.
The tagging work can be confusing for the layman. Colour tables are user-friendly aids and guide users on which colours to use and when. An important point to bear in mind here is that New South Wales use different colours from all other Australian states. For instance, red in the case of New South Wales refers to the months of January and September while in other states the colour refers to December, January and February. In the case of all states, including NSW, black refers to the entire year.
Jim’s Test & Tag offer strict guidelines on re-inspections and comply wholly with AS.NZS 3760:2010 regulations on when testing should be done. Also, the testing regimen is flexible because each piece of equipment operates and wears differently. In some cases, daily testing is advised while intervals from 3 months to as much as five years are common. Perhaps the men and women are more intent on testing your own equipment than talking too much about what they use to do the testing. But they have assured customers that not only do they check their own equipment compliantly, they also test themselves.