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What is Test and Tag?

Electrical Test and Tag is the process of inspecting and testing electrical equipment. This important Work Health and Safety requirement is a standard to help ensure that equipment is electrically safe. The process has been proven to minimise the risk of injury and death through electrical shock in the workplace, as it identifies many electrical safety issues before an injury ever occurs.

How to Test and Tag Electrical Equipment

Upon attending the site, an electrician will first give all equipment a visual inspection. Assuming all equipment passes this pre-test, it will then be plugged into the testing device and run through a number of tests. If the equipment passes all testing here, then the device will print a label which is fixed to the lead. The equipment is then ready for active use.

If the equipment fails testing, the device will print a label indicating the failure. The equipment must be quarantined until it is repaired and retested or replaced. Once all testing is complete, a report is compiled and presented to the client. Additionally, any equipment that is supplied through a socket outlet must be tested according to a designated testing interval, mentioned below.


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How Often Test and Tag is Done

The type of environment and the equipment being tested determines how often testing must occur. To ensure that a business is fully compliant with WHS Legislation, all electrical appliances must be tested and tagged in accordance with the following intervals.

Environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subject to flexing in normal us OR open to abuse and is NOT in a hostile environment. Example - Computer plugged in under a desk Every 5 years
Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in normal us OR open to abuse or in a hostile environment. Example - Toaster in the office kitchen Every 12 months
Factories, workshops, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication Example - Power Tools on a workbench Every 6 months
Equipment used for Commercial cleaning Example - Commercial Vacuum Cleaner Every 6 months
Hire equipment Example - Kennards Wet Vac Prior to hire and then every 3 months
Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipment Example - Used appliance purchased on Gumtree After repair/service or on reintroduction to service

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Why Choose Rotric?

At Rotric, we ensure that our electricians are in touch with the latest safety standards. expertise helps to ensure your business remains compliant with all regulations. You also have peace of mind knowing you are providing a safe environment for everyone in the workplace.

What Services Does Rotric Offer?

Workplace safety audits

Repair and replacement/upgrade of faulty equipment

Supply and install new devices

Inspection and testing

You can also use Rotric's Planned Preventative Maintenance Programs and have our service team handle your every need before it becomes an issue. We ensure everything is tested as per legal requirements so you never have to worry. We provide a transparent rate card so there are no hidden costs while ensuring that you meet all of your safety requirements.

Let Rotric handle the stress of ensuring your workplace remains up to date and compliant. Give us a call today to get started with your test and tag process.


What is Electrical test and tag?

Electrical test and tag is the process of inspecting and testing electrical equipment to determine it is electrically safe for use. Electrical test and tag is a Work Health and Safety requirement.

Why is test and tag important?

Testing and tagging can identify electrical safety issues before an injury occurs, minimising the risk of injury or death through electric shock in the workplace.

How do you test and tag electrical equipment?
  1. Visual Inspection / External inspection - check for obvious damage, defects, or modifications in the equipment and its accessories, connectors, plugs or extension sockets and for discoloration that may indicate exposure to excessive heat, chemical or moisture.
  2. Testing - the purpose of testing is to determine unobservable faults not found by the visual inspection process.
  3. To do so the 'competent person' will use a calibrated electrical test and tag machine and depending on the type of equipment will check for faults in:
  • Earthing continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity of rewireable plugs
How often should equipment be electrically tested and tagged?

Electrical equipment used in higher risk environments should be tested at least once every 12 months. Depending on the environment more frequent testing may be required:

  • Electrical equipment used in manufacturing and workshop environments should be tested at least once every 6 months
  • Commercial cleaning equipment, once every 6 months
  • Hire equipment, once every 3 months
Can anyone perform Test & Tag?

No, Inspection and testing is to be carried out by a 'competent person.'  A competent person is someone who has acquired - through training, qualification or experience - the knowledge and skills to carry out inspections and testing of electrical equipment. In general, a competent person is a Licensed Electrician or an apprentice working under the supervision of a licensed electrician. 


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