Electrical Test & Tag

What is test and tag?
Test & Tag is the name given to the process of checking the safety of portable electrical equipment. This is a two part process:

  1. Visual inspection to detect obvious wear, damage and misuse.
  2. Electronic testing by our qualified technicians using a PAT (Portable Appliance Tester) to detect any other condition that may render the appliance non-compliant and dangerous. Equipment will be tagged on site using our thermal printer. Tags confirm the appliance has been tested, who tested it, the test date and when the next test is due.
Ensure the safety of the people in your workplace by minimising the risk of an electrical hazard by having your electrical equipment tested and tagged. All testing is undertaken in accordance with AS/NZS 3760:2010 by our qualified technicians who thoroughly inspect and test all leads and appliances.
Who needs to test and tag?
All employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their employees and visitors. Whether on a building site, in a manufacturing environment, equipment hire, office, hospital, school or any other workplace, the testing and tagging of portable equipment and fixed plant equipment ensures that you keep your employees, clients, and visitors safe from hazardous situations and will help you to fulfil your WHS obligations.
What type of equipment is tested and tagged?
Any device that has a flexible cable, a removable plug and is not low voltage. This includes extension leads, cord sets and portable RCD's.
Electrical equipment falls into two classes:
  • Class I: Basic insulated, protectively earthed equipment (e.g. toasters, irons, kettles, microwave oven, washing machine, heaters)
  • Class II: Double insulated equipment, usually identified with a symbol sqinsq3 (square within a square) with words "Double Insulated' e.g. electric drills and hairdryers.
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Class 1 Appliance - Rating plate on a kitchen appliance.
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Class 11 Appliance - No earth/ground conductor in the supply cable. Shows Class 11 symbol (square inside square)
3 Phase Equipment Testing
3 Phase equipment is most commonly used by industrial and larger commercial users (powerful appliances and fixed plant).
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3 Phase Tester

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5 pin plug

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3 Phase power

How often should appliances be tested and tagged?
The intervals listed below are as recommended in AS/NZS 3760:2010 - Tag and Test Intervals (Table 4) and should be considered a minimum requirement for PAT testing. The main underlying factor for test and tag intervals is the type of environment where the appliance is located.
The following frequencies for the most common environments are:
  • 3 months: building, construction and demolition, hire equipment
  • 6 months: factories, workshops, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication, commercial cleaning equipment
  • 12 months: an environment where the equipment/supply cord is prone to flexing or open to abuse
  • 2 yearly: Residential type areas including hotels, motels, boarding houses, hostel accommodation and the like
  • 5 yearly: an environment where the equipment/supply cord is not prone to flexing or abuse
Microwave Leakage Testing
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To ensure safety within the workplace and to comply with WHS legislation, our technicians will complete a Radiation Leakage Inspection on site in accordance with AS/NZS 60335.2.25 using our advanced equipment. In addition, an electrical safety test will be undertaken.
Once the unit has been tested and passed, a sticker (see image of green sticker) will be completed and affixed to the microwave door. A compliance tag will be affixed to the power lead.
If the unit fails a failed appliance sticker will be affixed to the door and advice given to remove the oven from service.
Microwave radiation testing Indicates the level of radiation emitting from a microwave oven. Microwave ovens have at least two safety interlock switches which stop the generation of microwaves immediately the door is open. If the door is poorly fitted or damaged or does not fit squarely, it is possible that microwaves will leak through the small space causing irreversible damage to the user.
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Our Test & Tag services include:

  • Single phase and 3 phase testing
  • Visual Inspection
  • Electronic testing using a PAT (Portable Appliance Tester)
  • Microwave radiation leakage testing
  • Tagging - test date, next due test date, QR coded
  • Inventory Register supplied upon completion
  • Follow up reminder

Contact us today for a quote

Ph: 02 9570 3086


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