AS/NZS 3760:2010/ AS3760 sets out the recommendations and guidelines. The guidelines include inspection, testing intervals, record keeping, and other general procedures. The appliances must pass various measurements. Measurements like its earth continuity, insulation, polarity, and physical condition are carefully assessed. All electrical equipment from plug-in adaptors and portable safety switches are inspected. As well as computers, power tools, heaters, floor polishers, lamps, battery chargers, laminators, etc.
Once tested safe, the appliance must be tagged with a label. The label should state the date of inspection, the next testing schedule, and a tracking code. Any appliances that failed the test and tag inspection must be properly disposed of.
Australia and New Zealand enforce this standard. The other terms for it are “test and tag’ or “portable appliance testing” or “PAT”. Furthermore, the guidelines stipulate that only a “Competent” person can perform the test and tag procedure. They do not have to be an electrician but must have the required training and experience. In addition, businesses must maintain their records as part of their compliance.