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Test and Tag | Melbourne Electrician Answers - Do I have to Test and Tag?

Feb 23

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If you're a Melbourne electrician, you've probably been asked this question: " Do we need to do testing and tagging?"

What is Test and Tagging?

Test and tagging is the process of visually inspecting a portable electrical appliance for any damage, followed by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT). The purpose behind doing this is to ensure the safety of the people in the workplace coming into contact with the appliance, while also minimising the risk of an electrical hazard.

Test and tagging is a critical part of your electrical safety. The AS/NZS 3760:2022 is the Australian Standard that provides guidelines and regulations for the test and tagging industry with regards to electrical safety of appliances. It sets out recommendations to issues such as test and tagging intervals, defines who can conduct work and the general guidelines. This Standard was recently updated in 2022 with a list of various changes, along with now being called the AS/NZS 3760:2022.

The importance of this standard cannot be understated. By having a qualified electrician conduct tests at regular intervals on your appliances, you can ensure that they are up-to-date with their compliance requirements so that you can stay safe from any potential hazards.

Who Needs to Tand Tag?

Test and tagging is a process that is required by law if you are going to use portable electrical equipment for any work. It is important because it ensures that the product is safe and will not cause a safety hazard.

As per the AS/NZS 3760:2022, test and tagging is required for

  • Building, construction and demolition: 3 months.
  • Factories, warehouses and production: 6 months.
  • An environment where the equipment/supply cord is prone to flexing or open to abuse: 12 months.

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Our Qualified Melbourne Electrician Explains Their Reasons Why

As an electrician, I have years of experience in test and tag in many environments. It's a tedious, time-consuming process that can seem like a waste of time to some people however, I also know that proper testing and tagging is vital to the safety of workers who will be using the equipment under test. It helps ensure that everyone using the electrical equipment can do so safely without harming themselves, others and the environment around them.

As an employer, it's about making sure the workplace is safe for all employees. It is about making sure people on site don't get hurt or potentially killed because they used electrical equipment that was not tested or out of testing date and carrying a fault.

What Equipment Do I Need to Test and Tag?

Any flexible cord-set or electrical device that has a removable plug and is not low-voltage (not exceeding 50V) falls under the definition of equipment that requires testing. Generally, electrical appliances can be classified as either Class I — those that are earthed and include items such as kettles, irons and toasters; or Class II appliances, which are identified with a symbol (a square within a square) or the words ‘Double Insulated’, include most electric tools.

In Summary

Test and tagging is an important part of electrical safety. It is a requirement by law and it's vital to make sure that your property or workplace is safe for you and your employees.

It's a systematic process of making sure hazards are mitigated. This means that if there are any problems with the electrical equipment, they can be fixed before they cause any accidents or injuries. It's also worth remembering that the cost of repairing damage after an accident is much higher than the cost of doing it properly in the first place!

If you can’t remember when you last had your Test and Tag done or need further information, then reach out to us for we are more than happy to help - you can contact us here.


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