Test and tagging is performed on 240V & 415V electrical appliances that have a flexible supply lead with a plug on the end and you plug into a power outlet.
This also includes multi-outlet powerboards – sometimes called EPODs, multi-boxes, power strips – UPS (Uninterupted Power Supply) devices, extension leads and appliances that are in a fixed location ie bolted to a work bench or floor (and plug into a power outlet).
Some appliances such as plug in adaptors, portable safety switches do not have a flexible supply lead but are still required to be test and tagged.
Appliances that are in a fixed location ie bolted to a work bench or floor, but have a flexible supply lead and connect to the supply via a power point are included.
Over all, the broad starting point you can use is “if you plug it in, you test and tag it”.
RCDs, also known as safety switches, in fixed locations, such as switch boards, or installed in power board, leads and supply cords, also need to be test and tagged on a regular basis. RCD testing also includes checking the trip time to ensure it is reacting within the prescribed limits.
The Standard AS/NZS 3760 makes provision for some appliances to be excluded.
Test and tagging is mainly performed on appliances used in workplaces of any type or size. This not only includes workplaces were people are engaged in paid employment but also volunteer organisations, not for profit organisations, meeting places such as community centres and club rooms, public places and so on.
Test and tagging should only be performed by a suitably trained and qualified person.
As part of our test and tagging service ACME provides a free on-site workplace assessment service to help you identify what needs to be done and what doesn’t.
This information is general in nature, should be used as a guide only and read in conjunction with the relevant Standard(s), State and/or Federal Legislation, Codes of Practice and Industry Standards specific to your workplace. A proper risk assessment should be under taken before acting on the information provided in this document or any related material. Further information can also be obtained from your local Workplace Authority, Electrical Safety Authority or a suitably qualified persons.