Test and Tag Common Questions
Test & Tag Training have compiled a list of your most common test and tag questions and problems. We aim to clear up all of your uncertainties regarding specific test and tag regulations and topics that are essential to understand.
When understanding the test and tag intervals and how often an electrical appliance should be tested, the main underlying factor is the type of environment that appliance is located in.
When you’ve been called out to test appliances, understanding which test and tag colour to use can be quite a confusing concept in particular industries. After all, you want to know what is and what isn't required by Australian standards.
Test and Tag is the name given to the process of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances. It involves two parts: first visually inspecting the appliance for any damage, followed by electrically testing it with a Portable Appliance Tester.
The AS/NZS 3760 is an Australian standard that oversees the Test and Tag industry in regards to electrical safety of portable appliances.
There's a number of different factors to consider before you take the plunge of starting your own test and tag business. We've given you our top five tips that we consider to be the most important.
When talking about newly purchased equipment, it’s worth pointing out that it doesn’t need to be tested upon purchase. However, it still needs to be visually inspected and tagged.
Keeping a close eye on publicly announced recalled items is an area that’s often overlooked by test and tag students. This area forms an essential part of the industry, as many of these recalled appliances pose a significant risk to the public.
Read a complete guide to Test Tags, including what information needs to be on the tag as a minimum and what each box actually means.
It's extremely important to use the correct test tag based on the environment you're testing in.
Considering the number of brands and models you can choose from these days, picking a portable appliance tester that fits your test and tag needs can be quite difficult.
It’s one the most common questions we hear – do you need to be an electrician to test and tag?
Test and tag regulation does differ across states, and in QLD if you wish to offer testing and tagging as a service to others, you will need to complete training and apply for an additional licence. We explain everything you need to know here.
For NSW specifically, the test and tag regulations used to be slightly different to the other states with regards to the test and tag colours and the AS/NZS 3012 Standard.
Western Australia has now aligned with the rest of the Australian states when it comes to test and tag regulations, so it’s important you’re aware of the AS/NZS standards, test tag colours, and testing frequencies that now apply to WA.
When testing and tagging in Victoria, it's important to know the testing standards and what regulations are in place. We take a closer look at the AS/NZS 3760 Standard and what it means for VIC.
Whether you're running a test and tag business or you've been given the task of testing items within your company - custom test tags will help make your job easier and assist with growing your business.
Specifically, for people working within the hire industry (or anyone wanting to hire equipment for themselves) they need to be aware of the minimum requirements as set by the AS/NZS 3760 Standard.
In order to Test and Tag in Australia you must be deemed a ‘Competent Person’ which is defined in the AS/NZS 3760 2010 Standard. Students who successfully complete a Test and Tag course will be deemed competent – but does this training have to refreshed?
It's important to remember that test and tag requirements do change depending on the environment you are in. If you will be testing a Construction, Demolition or Mining site, you must adhere to the AS/NZS 3012 Standard.
We’ve put together all of our testing and tagging expertise to predict future trends, as well as how we see the industry evolving in the years to come.