Frequently Asked Questions about our Electrical Tagging Services

Test & Tagging

What is the aim of test and tagging?

The aim of test and tagging is to determine if the appliance is electrically safe for personal use. The appliance undergoes a visual inspection for defects such as damage or missing components and a number of electrical tests to measure earth continuity, insulation resistance and polarity.

In Australia and New Zealand, this is done using the Standard; AS/NZS 3760:2010 “In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment” as a reference document.

Electrical safety and regular yearly inspections of your electrical tools, appliances, power leads, extension leads and all other workplace and home electrical equipment are not to be taken lightly.

Each year in Australia there are dozens of workplace related deaths caused by electrocution and many more serious injuries or destructive fires. The more shocking stats are for the home. Most of these could have been prevented with regular Test and Tag inspections.  This is why it is now OH&S legislation that some businesses, contractors, sole traders operating in a working environment must have a regular test and tag performed on their electrical equipment if they want to be compliant with the AS/NZS 3760:2010.  From just $3.75 and for 1000appliances and over $2.25 per appliance we can give you piece of mind that your home and or workplace and the people in it are safe from defective electrical equipment.  We also test microwaves for faults as well as radiation leaks which can be harmful to your health and in some cases deadly.

Why do I need to have my appliances Tested and Tagged?

The Government  require all appliances within a place of work, to be tested and tagged in order to comply with the current Australian Standards AS/NZS 3760:2010.   These standards have been implemented to save Workplace Injuries and Deaths, and are governed by WorkCover Australia.  Testing must always be carried out be a Certified Professional who handles testing and tagging in Australia, and understands any specific additional requirements for your state.

How often do I need to have my appliances tested and tagged?

The frequency of testing is determined by the environment in which the appliances are being used, every workplace environment is different, an appliance used in a well maintained office environment would need less testing than an appliance in an industrial warehouse.  Thorough records are kept about the appliance and it's service history, the records indicate the following:
  1. Tester Name
  2. Date Tested
  3. Pass or Fail
  4. Retest Due Date
These records can be found on the written reports provided to the owner, and on a label attached to the appliance.


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NSW Test Tag Colour Codes

Which months are represented by the different colours?

New South Wales 
Red  January - September
Blue  February - July 
Orange  March - November 
Green  April - August 
White  May - December 
Yellow  June - October 
Black  Yearly 
Grey  2 Year 
Burgundy  5 Year                                        

All States Except NSW 
Red  December - February 
Green  March - May 
Blue  June - August 
Yellow  September - November
Orange  January - June 
White  July - December 
Black  Yearly 
Grey  2 Year 
Burgundy  5 Year 
No colour Yearly tagging, 5-yearly, etc.

What does the colour-coding on electrical test tags mean?

Coloured test tags are used to identify the period in which an appliance was last tested.

The main purpose of colour coding test tags is to make it easy to tell at a glance when an item was last tested, without needing to read the test date written on the tag.

Do I have to use colour coded test tags?

In NSW, only business which operate on construction sites need to use colour coded test tags. Other industries may find coloured test tags useful, but it is not a Workcover NSW requirement.

Where do I find the rules about coloured test tags?

AS/NZS 3012:2010 specifies which colour test tags should be used for particular periods.


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