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Within the test and tag industry, different types of environments determine when an appliance will be tested.
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 and 3012 Australian Standard.
As explained in Table 4 of the Australian Standard, hire equipment must be visually inspected prior to every hire. Additionally, a push button test must be performed by the hirer for the RCD.
This means if you're wanting to hire equipment, make sure you check that the equipment has been inspected prior to hiring it to ensure you're using a compliant item.
With regards to actually testing the unit - this must tested and tagged every 3 months. Once the hiree is using the equipment, if they happen to have it longer than that 3 month period, it then becomes their responsibility to have it tested.
If being used in construction, testing should be no greater than monthly intervals.
|Hire Equipment||Equipment such as Class I, Class II, cord sets, cord extension sets and EPODs||Residual Current Devices (RCD's)|
|Inspection||Prior to hire||Push-button test by hirer prior to hire|
|Test and Tag||Every 3 months||N/A|