The Electrical Safety or WHS regulations in your state or territory specify measures you are to take to ensure electrical safety in your workplace.  One of these measures is the electrical testing and tagging of portable electrical equipment and the regulations refer to the Australian Standard for guidance on how to implement these safety measures.

The current Australian standard, AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies the test and tag required to be conducted by TTM technicians in order to confirm the electrical safety of portable electrical appliances.  Whilst the Australian standard does not mandate a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) should be used to conduct these tests, the use of a PAT remains one of the most comprehensive and efficient methods of ensuring an items electrical safety. TTM technicians use a sophisticated PAT and thermal printer to test and tag your electrical appliances and print tags on site.

What is a Test and Tag?

Test and Tag is the name given to the process of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances. There are two parts to this process. The first is a visual inspection of the appliance which checks for any damage, followed by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester.

Once the item or appliance has been tested, the item is marked with a tag to confirm that it has in fact been tested. This information will include the test date and when the next test is due.

The primary reason behind doing testing and tagging 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. The reason that the item is then tagged is so that the people who see this item know that it has been checked and also are aware of when it is due to be checked again.

Who needs to Test and Tag?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked all the time. Industries such as construction, demolition and mining are required to have their appliances tested and tagged every 3 months. The reason the frequency of the inspection is due to the harsh nature of the industry which is likely to damage equipment at a faster rate. There may also be multiple people using this equipment which can cause it to deteriorate faster.

The test and tag colours will change for different periods throughout the year, which effectively make certain times of the year coincide with a specific test tag colour. With the exception of these industries, testing and tagging is not a legislative requirement for other workplaces. However, the employer does have a duty of care to ensure the safety of its employees, meaning that if someone was hurt from an appliance that wasn’t tested and unsafe, they could be found liable.

This is why The Test Man offers onsite tagging as well as repairs of items which may be faulty or have been inspected but have issues present. This helps prevent downtime for your business as this equipment may be a fundamental part of  day to day work.

How often should appliances be tested and tagged?

Testing and tagging of electrical types of equipment and appliances on a frequent basis is considered mandatory. This is the case for all companies in Australia regardless of which industry they belong to. It is important that company owners effectively manage to get their appliances tested and tagged after every few months to ensure the safety of their employees and clients.

Each workplace or place of business will have its own requirements when it comes to when and how often they need to have their equipment Test and Tagged. We recommend this be done at least once every 3 months. But, if you are unsure it is best to touch with us and we can advise you on how often it is required based on your industry.