Let’s go deeper into the “Test and tag” process

Now that you’ve learned the basics of the Test and Tag process, it’s time to dive deeper into the topic. So what should you actually expect from this procedure? How often should you schedule this service and who is the person authorized to perform it?

Find the answers to your questions about test and tag method below!

What actually does the test and tag process involve?

Just as a reminder, testing and tagging your portable electrical appliances and equipment provide the extra level of safety your business requires.

In order to determine your electrical appliances’ integrity, each asset is subject to testing as per the Australian safety standards. Basically, the procedure consists of two parts: first visually inspecting the appliance for any damage, and then electrically testing the appliance with a special testing tool.

Nowadays, most of the professional electricians use a Portable Appliance Tester. This is actually the latest equipment to diagnose any technical issues and eventually ascertain the functionality of an electrical device.

Normally, test and tag services can include the following procedures:

  • Visual and physical inspection
  • Check for any external damages
  • Insulation tests
  • Earth circuit test
  • Functionality test
  • Run/Leakage test
  • Polarity wire test
  • Check for any faulty accessories, plugs or socket outlets
  • Inspect supply cords
  • Check for tangled or exposed cords that may become tripping hazards
  • Inspect power boards: make sure that ‘maximum load’ indicator is visible and easy to read.

Once tested, the item will receive a tag to confirm its functionality. Also, it should clearly display who performed the test, the date and when the next test is due.


How often should you schedule test and tag service for your business?How often should you schedule test and tag service for your business

The answer is that, in fact, it depends on the type of business you own. For your information, you can refer to AS/NZS 3760:2010 that regulates re-inspection protocols. They vary according to the equipment location, the environment where it operates, and the level of risk associated with it.

Generally, test and tag can be required monthly, quarterly, biannually, annually, etc. For example, you should get a daily testing of the electrical equipment in extreme circumstances and high risk environments. However, in the majority of business situations, test and tag is mandatory once a year or even 5 years for devices working in a low-risk environment. You can find specific timeframes and environments as per the Australian standard AS/NZS 3760:2010.

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Therefore, ensure your service provider is knowledgeable and accurate about re-inspection time frames! For your convenience, Jaric Electrical can offer you a reminder service to ensure that your business is always compliant with the law.


Who can test and tag your commercial equipment?

According to the same Australian Standard mentioned above, the following individuals can complete Testing and Tagging:

  • A licensed electrician
  • A competent person who has sufficient knowledge and training on a continuing basis to undertake current inspection and test procedures.

At Jaric Electrical, we’ve been successfully delivering test and tag services to a variety of commercial and industrial businesses, including:

  • building sites
  • offices
  • factories and workshops


Call your local, reliable team of experienced electricians at 1300 452 742 and schedule an electrical maintenance at your convenience!


Until next time, put your mind at ease and your business in the right hands!!

Your friend and electrical expert,

John Ricca


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