Test and Tag Seminar
Technicians from Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing attended
a Test and Tag seminar, hosted by the Australian Lighting
Industry Association (ALIA) at Entech (Australia's Entertainment
Technology Trade Show) in February 2008.
SEAT Test and Tag Senior Technicians James and Andrew attended
the Test and Tag conference to listen to film, TV and Theatrical
lighting industry discussion and questions on Test and Tag
practices in NSW.
Speakers at the seminar included Ian Low from the OHS authority
Workcover NSW, Jim Keating from Panalux Lighting (formerly
Panavision Lighting), Darren Irving from Bytecraft Entertainment
and Andy Ciddor from ALIA.
Ian Low from Workcover addressed issues such as Test and
Tag Standards and regulations in NSW, with a particular focus
on testing and tagging in relation to lighting equipment hire
and venue hire.
Darren Irving and Jim Keating described their respective
companies' methods of testing and tagging and the necessary
record keeping. Panalux use a method of testing in which every
item in their inventory is barcoded, inspected and tested,
but not tagged. Instead, hirers are given a printed "Electrical
Safety Compliance Statement" which lists each item included
in the hire, and shows when it was last tested and inspected.
Darren Irving described some specialised Electrical Appliance
Testing equipment that Bytecraft has had custom made. This
special PAT equipment allows the quick and easy testing and
tagging of looms, Weilands and other multicore cables, including
Extra Low Voltage cables such as DMX512 cables.
SEAT technicians were pleased to hear that the overall message
about Test and Tag from large-scale lighting equipment hire
companies was that Test and Tag has been thoroughly adopted,
and forms an integral part of post-hire equipment inspection,
testing and maintenance. It is also helpful in maintaining
accurate an Asset Database.
It was also noted by attendees of the seminar that all electrical
appliances that are used in hostile environments such as theatre,
film, TV or events need to be regularly tested and tagged,
regardless of whether or not RCDs are in use on all electrical
circuits. RCDs and ELCBs do not protect against all appliance
electrical fault situations, and thus electrical safety test
and tag, and the use of RCDs should be used together, to minimise
the risk of electric shock to workers.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing specialises in Test and
Tag services and equipment for the entertainment industries.
We can provide PAT equipment and Kits, custom test tags, training
courses and on-site test and tag services for all industries.