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Types of Industrial Tags

    Industrial Tags

    What are industrial tags?

    There are various types of industrial tags, and all serve different purposes. Some of the common tags are:

    • Safety tags
    • Information tags 
    • Danger tags 
    • Caution tags 
    • “Out-of-Service” tags and many more

    Safety tags are necessary at all workplaces. They are helpful in pinpointing specific risks or hazards, such as broken or malfunctioning machinery to alert people to dangers, such as fire. You can also use personalized safety tags. Furthermore, they are helpful for recognising hazards in a pictorial format rather than depending on the text from a certain language.

    Safety signs convey safety advice and raise awareness of potential dangers such as chemicals, gases, and hazardous materials. Industrial Safety Tags detect and alert employees to potentially harmful substances or circumstances. Restricted space tags deter unwanted access to hazardous locations.

    Areas, where hot water and high-temperature equipment present a danger of burn injuries, material damage, or fires, are identified with the use of“hot surface” tags. Machine hazard tags give instructions for handling equipment safely. The following image shows an example of a danger tag.

    Why are industrial tags important?

    Industrial tags keep premises safe and create a safe working environment.

    The right to a safe work environment belongs to everyone. One should feel confident that the place he/she is working in, or visiting is safe and that all electrical appliances and equipment used on site comply with safety standards and are in safe working order.

    As a business owner, you may offer a safe working environment by testing and tagging. It’s essential to consider safety switch testing and electrical fault loop testing as well, as these tests help to protect your company. Tagging and, if necessary, lockout should be done wherever testing and maintenance are in progress.

    Testing and tagging safeguard more than just the employees of your company. Additionally, it safeguards your inventory, belongings, and office space. Testing and tagging protect you against faulty electrical equipment in your business. Electrical fires caused by malfunctioning appliances can seriously harm your company’s property, stock, and contents, resulting in loss of revenue in the present and the future. To secure your company’s future one should seriously consider testing and tagging regularly.

    Failing to take the essential measures to ensure your business has a safe electrical environment could result in you being held accountable for any damage or harm from an electrical accident.

    Industrial tags save money.

    Regularly testing and tagging your electrical equipment with an industrial tag through a competent person will ultimately save your company money. You are safeguarded by testing and tagging against expenses that could arise from an accident or fire. These expenses may be substantial.

    Testing and tagging can help you minimise both the direct costs (such as stock loss) and the indirect costs (such as increased insurance premiums and personal injury claims) involved with such an incident.

    Often a significant portion of a company’s monthly expenses can come from energy bills. Keeping your business’s appliances in good operating order and using no more energy than necessary to perform at their best will help keep your energy expenditures low.

    Industrial tags keep businesses compliant.

    Regular testing and tagging are required to comply with OHS and WHS rules. All appliances should be tested and labeled periodically. Any appliances in a company’s construction, demolition, or mining sectors must be checked and tagged every three months to avoid breaking Australian safety regulations. Specific industries are required to undergo testing and labeling because it is believed that their workplaces are more risk-averse than others, making it simple for an appliance to be harmed during regular operations.

    These requirements under the Australian standard AS NZS 3760.2010 apply to your business if you rent out equipment as part of your operation. How frequently this should occur can be recommended by your test and tag technician or you can perform a risk assessment with a competent employee. To check the frequency of Testing and tagging refer to the chart below

    TABLE 4 – Indicative testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment
    (CAUTION: This table must be read in conjunction with AS/NZS 3760:2010 as a whole and particularly 2.1)



    Type of environment and/or equipment
    Interval between inspection and tests
    Equipment including Class I equipment, Class II equipment, cord sets, cord extension sets and EPODsResidual current devices (RCDs)


    Push-button test – by user


    Operating time and push-button test
    PortableFixedPortableFixed
    Factories, workshops, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication


    6 months
    Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer6 months12 months12 months
    An environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in normal use OR is open to abuse OR is in a hostile environment12 months3 months6 months12 months12 months
    An environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subject to flexing in normal use and is NOT open to abuse and is NOT in a hostile environment5 years3 months6 months2 years2 years
    Residential-type areas of hotels, residential institutions, motels, boarding houses, halls, hostels accommodation houses, and the like2 years6 months6 months2 years2 years
    Equipment used for commercial cleaning6 monthsDaily, or before every use, whichever is the longerN/A6 monthsN/A
    Hire equipment: Inspection
    Test and tag
    Prior to hire
    3 months
    Including push-button test by hirer prior to hireN/AN/A
    3 months
    N/A
    12 months
    Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipmentAfter repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762

    Industrial tags minimize risk.

    It is always preferable to reduce risk in your company through preventive measures rather than reactive measures. Testing and tagging is one method to reduce the danger of electrical problems in your company. 

    A tag ensures effective communication of various hazards.

    Effective communication is the top goal when trying to maximise safety. Safety tagging systems give this a visual representation. Workers can quickly understand the situation at hand when crucial information is given transparently. Furthermore, improving safety, colour-coding safety tags can let workers know precisely what they are walking into.

    Using a tag in managing machine maintenance time

    All appliances need routine maintenance. For testing equipment, periodic calibration is required. All equipment needs to be shut down and worked on. In this case, a lockout safety tag could be applied to the appliances, notifying others of ongoing maintenance work. This prevents the equipment from being turned on, which could result in serious harm to the repair team or the equipment itself.

    Different types of industrial tags in various industries:

    We can differentiate types of tags in two ways.

    According to the type

    • Self-locking tags: These are self-locking.
    • Heavy Duty PVC Tags: These tags have a pre-cut brass hole and can be easily attached with a padlock or zip tie.   
    • Card Tags: These tags provide a cost-effective way for your business to meet safety and maintenance standards. All tags can be written on with a pen.

    According to usage

    • Equipment status tags: Out-of-service tags, Cylinder tags, Repair tags
    • Inspection tags: Fire extinguisher inspection tags, Scaffold Inspection tags.
    • Machine tags: Do not operate tags, Safe operation tags, Do not open/close valve tags.
    • Electrical tags: Electrical safety tags.
    • Hazardous area tags: Asbestos tags, Biohazard tags, Flammable warning tags
    • Inventory tags: Material management tag, inventory control tag
    • Custom tags

    Summary

    Knowing that every appliance in your company has undergone testing and tagging would make the workplace much safer. This is crucial to maintain the safety of your staff and guests while they are on your property.

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