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How often do I need to Test and Tag?

Do I have to Test and Tag my equipment?

The frequency of testing is set by the Electrical Safety Act 2002 and the Australian Standard.

The frequency is based on the exposure to abuse or environemntal hazards which increase the risk of damage to the item.  The less volitile your workplace, the less you need to test.

Some common workplace types are:
Every 3 months

- Construction sites
- Tradies.
Every 6 months

- Manufacturers, assembly or repair industry 
- Commercial cleaners
- Exhibition stalls or providers (such as food vans)
Every 12 months
- Retail
- Offices
- Hotels, Hospitality & Resturants
- RCDs (Safety Switches)

Unless you want to be breaking the law; the short answer is yes. 

The Queensland Electrical Safety Act (2002) states that "any person operating a business must ensure that no electrical equipment is used  in the workplace unless it has been inspected and tested by a competent person."

This legal requirement includes all electrical equipment which is present in the workplace .  So basically, if it has a plug, it needs to have a tag. 

Common items that need to be tagged include computers, monitors, extension leads, power boards, kitchen appliances and power tools.  There is also a requirement to test the RCDs (Safety Switches) in your workplace as well as any 3 phase equipment you might have.
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What happens if something fails testing?

Why would a piece of equipment be failed?

If you have an appliance that doesn't pass testing, there is no need to stress out.  There is many simple fixes that our technicians can help you out with.  We also keep a large amount of replacement cords, power boards and much more in our vehicles.

In most cases we can quickly fix up any issues that are found and avoid any issues for our clients.
Electrical equipment can be failed for several reasons however they all stem back to ensuring that the equipment is electrically safe and not going to injure anyone or start a fire.

The main cause for failure is physical damage to the cord.  Knicks, cuts, burns or abbrasion to the cord's insulation, exposed wires where the plug attaches to the cord and crushed cords are the main reason a cord is removed from the workplace.

Electrical equipment can also show signs of electrical failure during testing on our state of the art testing equipment.  If an electrical appliance fails the test on our testing equipment it tells us that it is a potential risk to those in the workplace.

How long will it take to test my workplace?

What is the penalty if I don't have Test and Tag?

Depending on how many tags you have a service can take as little as an hour and for larger businesses, several days.  

As a guide, our technicians will normally take 3-4 hours to complete 100 tags, depending on the level of access to each of the items.
Failing to test and tag means that you are failing to abide by your duty of care under the act.

Of coarse the penalty will be dependant on your individual case however under Section 40B of The Electrical Safety Act 2002 the penalty for a person being electrocuted by equipment which has not been tested and tagged could be up to 6,000 penalty units or 5 years in jail.  That equates to a fine of up to $752,960 for failing to fulfil your duty of care.

An important note is that you will also void most insurances by not adhering to your legal requirements.  If you have an electrical fire and lose everything, your insurance would be able to reject your claim due to your failure to fulfil your legal obligations.  If the item had been tested there would likely have been no fire at all.

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