Why do I need to Test and Tag equipment?

As prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers have a duty of care to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Part of this duty of care is to test and tag all electrical equipment. Faulty electrical devices in the office or factory represent a huge risk to anyone who may come into contact with them. Prolux Electrical Contractors provide a complete testing and tagging service, providing you with peace of mind and ensuring your employees a safe place of work.

“It is an OH&S legislation that all businesses, contractors and sole traders operating in a working environment must have regular Testing and Tagging performed on their electrical equipment. Test and Tag isn’t a complex process, the modern PAT (portable appliance tester) allows for accurate and efficient testing.”

How often do I need to Test and Tag equipment?

The frequency of testing and tagging your equipment will be determined by a number of factors, the degree in which the equipment is exposed to and the level of risk it poses to the user(s). All workplaces require a ‘risk management’ approach in determining the type of inspection and if necessary any testing that is required for electrical equipment.

What equipment needs to be Tested & Tagged?

Twelve month inspections:

  • Electrical tools
  • Electrical appliances
  • Power cords
  • Extension leads
  • Workplace equipment

Six month inspections:

  • Factory machinery and equipment

Three month inspections:

  • Construction machinery and equipment
  • Building sector machinery and equipment

Inspections need to be carried out more frequently in an environment where electrical equipment is, during normal use, subject to adverse conditions e.g. exposure to moisture, excessive temperatures, corrosive chemicals and or mechanical damage. The risk assessment should be determined where more specific testing of electrical equipment is necessary and the frequency of such testing.

What happens when goods are damaged in the Workplace?

When electrical equipment has been damaged or is of risk to persons using it, the employer, or person in control of the workplace must ensure that the item is immediately tagged ‘out of use.’ After inspection by a competent person, the item needs to be assessed to attain whether or not it can be repaired, or if it has to be discarded. For basic equipment like cords, a similar replacement can be used, however if any other further repairs are required, then a licensed electrician should be called upon to complete the repairs. After the repairs have been carried out, the equipment must be tested prior to returning the item to its intended use.

Does hire equipment need to be Tested and Tagged?

All hire equipment should be Test and Tagged every 12 months and it is the responsibility of the hirers to provide safe, working equipment to all hirees.

Prolux Electrical Contractors provide electrical testing and tagging for:

  • Office testing and tagging
  • Electrical testing and tagging
  • Construction site testing and tagging
  • Testing and tagging of equipment and machinery
  • Commercial and industrial test and tag equipment

Additionally, as we are also Master Electricians, we can offer the convenience of repairing faulty devices on site, or even test and tag contractor tools whilst we undertake the electrical work on-site. Prolux Electrical Contractors provide reliable and cost effective electrical testing and tagging services throughout Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. In addition to testing and tagging of tools on construction sites, Prolux Electrical Contractors also specialise in the testing and tagging of office equipment and computers. Prolux Electrical Contractors provide electrical testing and tagging to clients ranging from small to medium businesses, right through to large organisations operating across multiple locations.

Test and Tagging Prices 

Prolux Electrical Contractors provides test and tag services throughout Melbourne and Brisbane. For each piece of machinery or equipment that you require to be tested and tagged, Prolux charge a flat rate. Simply bring your item into our head office in Bayswater and we’ll test and tag your equipment for you on the spot. If your equipment is too cumbersome then we will happily come to you. Ten items of equipment can usually be Tested and Tagged within a one hour time frame.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880
The electrician for all your test and tag, electrical requirements.