Some Frequently Asked Questions about test and tagging

1Why do I have to have my appliances test and tagged?
OH&S legislation requires you to provide and maintain a safe workplace.
If you dont have your electrical appliances test and tagged on a regular basis, you have no real way of knowing if they are safe to use.
Test and tagging to AS/NZS 3760 is a widely recognised way to fulfill those OH&S obligations.
2What is involved in having them test and tagged?
The test and tag process involves 4 core steps;

  1. Perform a visual and physical inspection of the appliance.
  2. Electrically test the appliance
  3. Record the outcomes
  4. Tag the appliance.
3What happens if an appliance is failed?
When an appliance is failed it must be removed from service and have a tag attached to warn against further use.
The choice of remedial action is then up to the owner of the appliance who may decide to have it repaired, discard it or take other actions.
If the appliance is repaired it must be test and tagged against before putting it back into service.
4How much does it cost to have appliances test and tagged?
There is no "standard rate" for test and tag services.
Rates will vary between contractors, regions and services provided.
Always ask prospective service providers for a full list of all possible charges before engaging them.
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5What types of appliances need to be test and tagged?
Here is a broad rule of thumb you can use as a starting point – if you plug it in, you need to have it test and tagged.
There are several provisions for certain appliances to be excluded.
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6What about computers, monitors and printers used in offices - do they have to be done as well?
Yes, all your office appliances come under the broad scope of what needs to be test and tagged.
Keep in mind offices are usually low risk environments and longer retest intervals can usually be applied to the appliances.
7Is there any risk my appliances will be damaged during testing?
When testing and tagging is correctly performed there is little, if any, risk of the appliances being damaged.
The process used by ACME for over 11 years has been proven to be 100% safe.
8Is there a risk of losing data from IT equipment?
When testing and tagging is correctly performed there is little, if any, risk of data loss occurring.
In over 11 years and having tested and tagged tens of thousands of computers and other IT equipment, we have never had a report of any data loss resulting from our testing.
9Do I have to engage an electrician to test and tag my appliances?
No. In Victoria the technician must meet the definition of a competent person as detailed in AS/NZS 3760.
A competent person is not required to be a registered or licensed electrical practitioner.
This may vary in some jurisdictions.
10Can I have one of my employees do our testing and tagging?
Yes. You can use your own in-house technician so long as they meet the requirements of a competent person.
Some workplaces use a combination of in-house technician(s) and external contractors.
11How often do appliances need to be retested?
The main factor determining the retest interval is the environment the appliance is normally used in.
The more hostile the environment, the more frequently they must be retested.
Indicative retest intervals detailed in AS/NZS 3760 range from 6 months to 5 years.
Some Industry Codes, Codes of Practice etc may require more frequent retesting or different intervals.
12What is a hostile working environment?
A hostile environment is one where the expected life-span of the appliance is likely to be reduced due to factors such as;
  • dust
  • corrosion
  • exposure to chemicals
  • humidity
  • physical abuse
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13Are there any special requirements for building sites in Victoria?
Yes. Electrical appliances used on construction and/or demolition sites must be test and tagged every three months as part of the Industry Standard - Electrical Installations On Construction Sites.
Safety representatives will not allow you to use your electrical appliances on site unless they have been test and tagged and display a current tag.
Consideration must be given to other Industry Standards, Codes of Practice etc that may dictate other requirements. The best practice should always be adopted.
A colour coded schedule for the tags applies and must be followed. More info...
14Are there any special requirements for hired electrical appliances?
Yes. Electrical appliances that are hired out must be inspected before hire and test and tagged every three months. Responsibility for the ongoing test and tagging of the appliance(s) passes to the hiree during the hire period.
15What is a PAT?
The term PAT is an acronym of Portable Appliance Tester.
This is the test equipment used by technicians to electrically test appliances as part of the test and tag process.
16What insurances does ACME Test and Tagging?
ACME holds Public Liability cover $20m and Workcover insurance in accordance with our employment obligations.
17Does ACME Test & Tagging have Safe Work Method Statements and documented Safety Protocols?
In line with ACME Test and Tagging policies and procedures when working on site, ACME and its technicians assume responsibility for safe work practices and the safety of the immediate environments.
A copy of our Safe Work Method Statements will be provided upon request.
18Where can I learn how to test and tag?
ACME runs regular courses throughout the year. See our section on training courses for details. More info...
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