Sydney Electrical Testing and tagging

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Testing and tagging is a legal requirement under the OHS Act and legislation to ensure a safe working environment. All appliances and electrical leads must be in good sound working order and must be presented with a test tag to show the date of the test, type of appliance or electrical lead and a license number from a qualified person. Testing and Tagging records must be kept to ensure you are for filling a duty of care for your employees.

Type of environment &/or equipment

Interval between inspection & tests

Equipment including Class 1 equipment, Class II equipment, cord sets, cord extension sets & EPODs

Residual current devices (RCDs)

Push-button test
– by user

Operation time
& push-button test

(a)

(b)

Portable
(c)

Fixed
(d)

Portable
(e)

Fixed
(f)

1.

Factories, workshop, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication.

6 months

Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer

6 months

12 months

12 months

2.

Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in 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 subject to flexing in normal use & is NOT open to abuse & is NOT in a hostile environment

5 years

3 months

6 months

2 years

2 years

4.

Residential type areas of: hotels, residential institutions, motels, boarding houses, halls, hostels accommodation houses & the like

2 years

6 months

6 months

2 years

2 years

5.

Equipment used for commercial cleaning

6 months

Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer

N/A

6 months

N/A

6.

Hire equipment

Prior to hire

Including push-button test by hirer prior to hire

N/A

N/A

Hire equipment – Inspection

N/A

Hire equipment – Test & Tag

3 months

N/A

3 months

12 months

7.

Repaired, serviced & second hand equipment

After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762.

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