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Is Test & Tag a Legal Requirement ?

Here’s what the Regulations say….

  • Electrical equipment used in construction work must be regularly inspected and tested in accordance with the requirements of the Workcover Code of Practice (2007) – Electrical practices for construction work.
  • Chapter 5 “Inspection and Testing” –> The OHS Regulation (clause 64) requires the employer to ensure the electrical installation and electrical articles are regularly inspected, tested and maintained by a competent person to ensure they are safe.
  • 5.3 Testing of plant, portable plug-in electrical equipment
All electrical plant including portable plug-in electrical equipment and flexible extension cords must be visually inspected regularly for wear and mechanical damage, and tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3760 for earth continuity and insulation resistance or leakage current.

  • Inspection and testing of electrical plant, portable plug-in electrical equipment and flexible extension cords must be undertaken by a licensed electrician or a trained competent person, in accordance with the following testing intervals:
    • prior to its introduction to service on a construction site
    • at regular 3 monthly intervals for single unit dwelling house sites
    • at regular 1 monthly intervals for all other construction work, except if an electrical equipment risk assessment  report determines that inspection and testing shall be carried out by a licensed electrician at regular 3 monthly intervals.
  • Tested plant, portable plug-in electrical equipment and flexible extension cords must be tagged and all test results recorded in accordance with the requirements of clause 5.6 (a) and (b).
  • Maximum penalty: Level 4, Level 2 (record keeping) $30, 800
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