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Exhibition Test and Tag Requirements

Sarah Allen

You are planning to exhibit at a trade show. The trade show could be at your local hall, local market or a massive exhibition venue like Rod Laver Arena or the Sydney Exhibition Centre. What are your test and tag requirements? Does EVERYTHING you are taking on site really need testing?

AS/NZS 3760:2010 In Service Inspection and Testing of Portable Electrical Appliances provides guidance in this area.

  • New items (straight out of the box) are required to be inspected by the user prior to use for obvious damage and must have a New to Service tag applied prior to use. The New to Service tag needs to highlight the item has not been tested to AS/NZS 3760:2010 and state the date when it was entered in to service and the date it will be inspected and tested to AS/NZS 3760:2010. For more information on New to Service tags please click here.
  • All portable electrical items already in service are required to be tested and tagged by a competent person (not an electrician necessarily) in accordance with the retest frequencies detailed in AS/NZS 3760:2010. Retest frequencies will vary be appliance and environment.

Organisers are also very rightly noticing the dangers associated with “piggy back plugs”, daily chaining of power boards and the use of double adaptors with no overload protection. The risk of fire associated with these practices is significant and there are most certainly alternative options available for exhibitors hence many organisers are banning these practices at their exhibitions.

For further information on your responsibilities please feel free to contact us.

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