Construction Sites - Testing and Tagging Regulation

Testing and Tagging for Construction

Navigating the world of testing and tagging can be quite the journey, especially for newcomers. One thing to always keep in mind is that the requirements for test and tag vary based on the specific environment in which you'll be testing. Let's delve into this in more detail, particulary in the context of the construction industry.

Among the inquiries we frequently receive, construction related ones certainly top the list. Let's break it down for you. If you are testing and tagging any electrical equipment on a construction, mining or demolition site, you will need to adhere to the AS/NZS 3012 2010 Standard.

If you're testing and tagging in other environments other than just construction, the regulatory landscape broadens. You will then need to work with both the 3012 Standard and the 3760 2022 Standard.

What you need to know about AS/NZS 3012

Under the 3012 Standard, electrical equipment must be inspected, tested and tagged every 3 months on Construction, Mining and Demolition sites. 

There are specific Test Tag Colours you are required to use, which indicate which quarter of the year the items have been tested in. They consist of red, blue, green and yellow (RGBY system). We have created the handy chart below to help, but you can also read a full post on Test Tag Colours.

Test and Tag Colour Chart 

Any electrical appliance in a construction environment will need to be tested. This can include items like tools, battery chargers, cleaning equipment, extension leads and portable RCD boxes. 

It’s also important to note that a lot of work environments will have different test and tag frequencies and regulation because of their own individual risk management, or OHS policies. So it certainly isn't one size fits all in the world of test and tag. For example, there are some Construction sites that will only allow licensed electricians to conduct their testing and tagging. 

Regulation and Codes of Practice can also sometimes differ slightly between states. For the most current, and state specific information, visit Safe Work Australia.

Learning to Test & Tag on Construction Sites

Because construction is more strongly regulated than other environments, it's important you're adhering to the relevant Australian Standard. By doing a Test & Tag Course and learning all of the Do's and Don'ts, you're putting yourself in the strongest position to ensure you're compliant within this specific environment.

If you've already completed a course many years ago, there are also Refresher Courses that will update your skills and knowledge, with direct relevancy to the construction industry.