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What is Test and Tag?

Sarah Allen

Test and Tag is a process of carefully visually inspecting each appliance for damage to flex, connections, guards, covers and plug by a competent technician. Once the technician is assured the item is safe to electrically inspect, the item’s insulation, earthing and polarity may be tested to ensure it is electrically safe.

Test and Tag is a method of ensuring compliance with Australian WHS and Electrical Safety regulations and workplace safety.

Portable appliances such as power tools and kettles are items that are most frequently handled by workers are also the most open to abuse and hostile environmental conditions – which can cause them to become electrically unsafe. Under most state and territory regulations, these appliances in hostile operating environments must be tested and tagged on a regular basis to ensure their safe operation.

In order to comply with WHS legislation and satisfy your duty of care, all workplaces Australia-wide must be able to demonstrate safe systems of work; as such detailed records of the test are kept by the technician.

Testing and tagging has been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a strategy to ensure the safety of portable electrical appliances in the workplace and is legislated in Australia.

You can refer to more information on our Test and Tag page.

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