One of the most important items in a scheduled maintenance program is the Testing and Tagging of electrical equipment

In Queensland this is mandated by the Electrical Safety Regulation of 2013.

PQI is well equipped to assist your business with its test and tagging needs.  If you are in a retail or office environment, your equipment must be tested and tagged every 12 months.

What happens during a Test and Tag service?

During this service, our licenced team member will examine each equipment piece for signs of wear and/or damage.  The equipment will be switched off and plugged into our testing device which will either tell us it has passed the inspection, or if it will need replacement. Upon passing the inspection, the item will be tagged with the date of the test, the tester’s name and licence number, and the date of the next test.

What needs to be tested?

Any item that uses electricity; this includes extension cords and power boards.

How long will a Test and Tag service take?

This will depend upon how many pieces of electrical equipment you have. It is around 10 minutes for each piece of equipment.

How much does a Test and Tag cost?

This will depend on how many pieces of equipment you have and how accessible they are. Please contact us at PQI and we will be delighted to give you an estimate

How do we keep records of the Test and Tag?

As part of the tagging service, our technician will provide you with a log book, listing all of the items tagged and their expiry date so you will have a complete record of the service.

How will I remember when the next Test and Tag is due?

Each item will have a tag which states the next tagging date. Our friendly team at PQI will send you a reminder one month before your Test and Tag is due so that we can make arrangements to have it finalised before the current tags expire.

INFORMATION FROM WORKSAFE QLD

Specified electrical equipment and safety switches need to be tested at intervals according to type of work they are used for. For construction work this information is in AS/NZS 3012 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites

For manufacturing, service, office, amusement and rural industry work, information is in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013. Additional information is also available in AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

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Who can test electrical equipment?

Only a person appointed as competent by their employer can test and tag electrical equipment.

Competence is based on knowledge and skills gained from training, experience, qualifications or a combination of these. It is an offence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to repair electrical equipment unless you have the appropriate electrical work licence.

Tagging electrical equipment

A durable tag must be attached after inspecting and testing to clearly show the test date and the next scheduled test and inspection date.

Tagging electrical equipment

A tool showing the inspection and testing tag (blue impact drill with tag off handle).

Intervals for testing specified electrical equipment

The type of work being performed determines how often specified electrical equipment is tested. Specified electrical equipment is defined by section 97 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 as electrical equipment with a current rating of not more than 20 amps*. Specified electrical equipment also includes cord extension sets and electrical portable outlet devices (EPODs). *For service or office work, specified equipment is limited to equipment that is moved during its normal use for the purpose of its use.

The table below outlines the maximum interval between tests.

Note: there are specific requirements on a hire company for inspecting, tagging and testing hire equipment.

Type of work and/or equipmentTest and tag interval (maximum)
Amusement devices and rides (not specified)
(A device or ride supplied by a plug with a current rating of not more than 20 amps must also be connected to a type 1 safety switch or type 2 safety switch)
After each onsite assembly, and every 6 months
Amusement work – double insulated specified equipment12 months
Amusement work – specified equipment not double insulated6 months
Construction work – transportable structures, fixed and transportable equipment and construction wiring6 months
Construction work – other equipment3 months
Manufacturing work – double insulated equipment12 months
Manufacturing work – equipment not double insulated6 months
Office work (If no safety switch)5 years
Rural work – equipment used under stated risk factors* and no safety switch12 months
Service work (If no safety switch)12 months


*See section 120 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for stated electrical risk factors

Intervals for testing Type 1 and Type 2 safety switches

For all other work, refer to the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013.

The type of work being performed determines how often safety switches are tested. The table below outlines the maximum interval between tests.

For construction work, refer to AS/NZS 3012 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites.

For all other work, refer to the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 and, where applicable, AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

If the equipment is safe you must attach a durable tag which shows when the next test is due.

Type of workFixed safety switchPortable safety switch
 Push-button user TestOperating time / current testPush-button user TestOperating time / current test
Construction work1 month12 monthsDaily, or before each use, whichever is the longer3 months
Manufacturing work6 months*12 months*Daily, or before each use, whichever is the longer*#12 months*#
Office work6 months*2 years*3 months*2 years*
Amusement work6 months*12 months*3 months*12 months*
Service work – commercial cleaning equipmentN/AN/ADaily, or before each use, whichever is the longer*6 months*
Service work – other6 months*2 years*6 months*2 years*

*Longer test intervals may apply. Consult AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

# From 1 March 2008 portable safety switches were prohibited from use in manufacturing work

Equipment that fails testing should be immediately ;taken out of use and a durable tag must be attached warning people not to use the equipment.

If the equipment is safe you must attach a durable tag which shows when the next test is due.

Note: The requirements of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 referenced in this guidance material takes precedence over the Australian standard AS/NZS 3760. The additional benefits of applying the requirements of the standard may assist in addressing specific risks associated with a work environment

Last updated

31 July 2020