Electrical Test and Tag Melbourne



Is a Multimeter a sufficient equipment to test portable appliances?

A multimeter is not a satisfactory tool as it isn’t compliant with AS/NZS3760. Equipment that has an electronic, magnetic or membrane type on/off switch requires mandatory leakage current tests. Some of this equipment can be located in offices, kitchens and construction sites. You must ensure that your service provider does not only rely on a multimeter as it does not meet the testing requirements as outlined in AS/NZS3760.

How much does a Test and Tag procedure cost?

PowerQ Test & Tag Melbourne Service fees are based on the number of tests we complete for you. This test rate includes all labour, test equipment, test tags, and reporting.

What areas of my workplace do I need to test and tag to remain OHS/WHS compliant?

It is essential to test and tag all portable and non-portable electrical appliances with a flexible and detachable supply lead in your workplace. Portable appliances are located in more areas than you may realise; like the office kitchen or construction areas.

What should my test and tag records include?

Test and tag records are compliant with the standards in AS/NZS 3760:2010. This involves a succinct history of all the tests along with adequate tagging that displays the date and assessment details of the item.
Records of inspection and testing of electrical equipment, including:
  • Register of all electrical equipment
  • Record of formal inspection and tests
  • Record of all faulty equipment showing details of services or corrective actions.

How long does the test and tag process go for?

The duration of testing and tagging depends on the appliance tested however it should only really take a few minutes at a time. A visual inspection of the appliance takes place prior which in turn aids the technician to judge what electrical test needs to be performed. Some appliances have to go through several tests prior to being labelled as safe and acceptable.

Does my equipment need to be switched off during inspection?

Yes, all equipment needs to be turned off before testing can commence. This is to ensure the safety of our technicians and customers. Once an electrical risk assessment has been completed then equipment can be turned back on.

Who can test and tag?

According to Australian standards, a competent person can test and tag. A suitable persons who can perform regulated test and tag services are those who possess qualifications and/or sufficient knowledge in electrical testing and tagging.

Do new items need to be tested?

While new items don’t require testing, they must still be tagged ‘once in service’ following the requirements of AS/NZS 3760.

New electrical equipment that has never been put into use does not have to be tested before first use, as the supplier is deemed responsible for the initial electrical safety of the new item. However the Manager/Supervisor must ensure that new equipment is inspected for
obvious damage before being used and that it is added to a Register upon entering service and is tested during the next scheduled test for their work area. Secondhand equipment must be tested.

Why do I have to test & tag?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (rev. 2004) requires employers to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment for workers and independent contractors that is safe and without risks to health. This includes a duty to provide or maintain, so far as reasonably practicable, plant or systems of work that are safe and without risks to health.

If you are an employer, self-employed person, an employee, or any person lending a portable appliance to another person, that you have a duty of care to ensure that the equipment/appliance is safe.

Australian Standard AS/NZ3760, is used by Worksafe Victoria as a minimum safety obligation for workplaces to adhere to. Your current insurance policy (including your Public Liability cover) may not cover accidents on site caused by equipment that does not comply with the relevant laws and safety regulations.

In addition, Inspection and testing must be carried out by a competent person. One who has acquired training, qualification and/or experience with the knowledge
and skill to enable the task to be performed correctly.

What item needs to be tested in my workplace?

Typically any electrical item that has a power lead that is plugged into a power point needs to be inspected, tested and tagged on a regular basis.
  • Portable items with flexible cord
  • Extension cords
  • Power boards
  • RCD’s ( power board or extension cord with an in built safety switch).
For some types of equipment or electrical items, the frequency of testing is more often where there is a higher safety risk or where it is likely to be greater use and wear. For example, a tradesman or a carpenter has a higher risk factor and needs to have their electrical equipment tested more often than a computer in a standard office. All portable equipment and appliances, electric hand tools, extension leads, power boards and portable residual current devices must be regularly tested for electrical safety. This includes, but is not limited to, equipment such as……… • Computers and laptop chargers • Portable printers & scanners • Portable lighting • Portable heater/cooler • Portable radios/stereos • Portable phone chargers (including mobile phone chargers) • Overhead projector, data projectors and electric whiteboards • Any power boards and extension cords • Vacuum or Steam Cleaner. • Vacuum or Steam Cleaner • Electric fry pans, toaster ovens, sandwich presses etc • Un-mounted microwaves • Portable electric mixers, food processors • Portable electric coffee machine and grinder • Any power boards and extension cords. • Entertainment equipment such as Stereos, Radios, DVD players, TVs etc • Portable lamps and heaters •Toasters, kettles and other portable cooking equipment • Hairdryers, bedside clocks, electric blankets, Iron • All extension leads and power boards • Portable phone chargers. • Toasters, kettles and other portable cooking equipment • Entertainment equipment such as Stereos, Radios, DVD players, TVs etc • Computers and laptop chargers • Portable printers, laminators & scanners • Overhead projector, data projectors and electric whiteboards • Portable lamps and heaters • Portable phone chargers • All extension leads and power boards.

Where can I learn more about my state legislation?

You can learn about your State’s Legislation at www.standards.com.au.
Type of environment and/or equipment (a) Interval between inspection and tests
Equipment including Class I and Class II equipment, cords, cord extension sets and EPOD’s (b) Residual Current Devices (RCD’s)
Push Button Test By users operating time and push-button tests
 Portable      c  Fixed           c  Portable       e  Fixed         e
1. Factories, workshops, places of work or repair, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance and fabrication  6 months Daily, or before every use, whichever is longer  6 months  12 months  12 months
2. Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subjecting to flexing normal use OR is open to abuse OR is in a hostile environment  12 months  3 months  6 months  12 months  12 months
3. Environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subjecting to flexing in normal use and is NOT open to abuse and is NOT in a hostile environment  5 years  3 months 6 months 2 years 2 years
4. Residential type areas: hotel, residential institutions, motel, boarding houses, halls, hostel accommodations houses, and the like  2 years  6 months 6 months 2years 2 years
5. Equipment used for commercial cleaning  6 Months Daily, or before every use, whichever is longer N/A 6 Months N/A

6. Hire Equipment:

Test and Tag

 prior to hire Including push-button test by hirer prior to hire  N/A N/A
 3 months N/A  3 months 12 months
7. Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipment After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762