Do I need to have my appliances tested and Tagged?

It is every employer’s obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 to ensure that they provide a safe place of work for their employees. This includes ensuring that the risk of electric shock from portable electrical equipment and appliances is minimised. There are substantial penalties for employers and all levels of management where inadequate safety leads to the injury or death of a worker. Electrical testing and tagging forms a part of your workplace risk management system.

How often do I need to get my electrical appliances tested?

For the most common environments, Melbourne Test and Tagging recommend the following frequencies:

3 months Building, construction and demolition 6 months Factories, warehouses and production 12 months An environment where the equipment/supply cord is prone to flexing or open to abuse 5 yearly An environment where the equipment/supply cord is not prone to flexing or open to abuse

Table 4: AS/NZS 3760 - Test and Tag Intervals

The intervals listed below are only a recommendation and should be taken into account as a minimum requirement when PAT testing.
If you have been given the job to test and tag a workplace and then discover that the previous person responsible for this task was testing items at a different frequency than recommended, it could be because:

  • 1) The person testing and tagging was ill-informed about the test periods and is doing it incorrectly
  • 2) The workplace business owner has completed their own risk assessment

If you require any clarification or you’re unsure of your test intervals, please contact us or call 0412 978 552.