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What is Appliance Test and Tag
Appliance Test and Tag is process of checking the safety of portable electrical appliances.

Why Test and Tag
The primary reason behind doing test and tag is to ensure the safety of the people in the home and in the workplace coming into contact with an electrically unsafe appliance, thus minimising the risk of an electrical shock and injury.

Who needs to Test and Tag
Industries such as construction, demolition and mining are required to have their appliances tested and tagged every 3 months. This is because of the harsh nature of the industry which is likely to damage equipment at a faster rate.
With the exception of these industries, testing and tagging is not a legislative requirement for other workplaces. However, the employer does have a duty of care to ensure the safety of its employees. Because of this, it’s the employer’s responsibility to have all portable electrical appliances tested.

What electrical appliances need to be tested
Any device that has a flexible cable, a removable plug and is not low voltage (not exceeding 50V). This includes extension leads, cord sets and portable RCD’s.
Electrical appliances are classed as either:
Class I – this is an earthed appliance i.e. kettles, irons and toasters
Class II – double insulated appliances, which are usually identified with a symbol (a square within a square) or with the words ‘Double Insulated’ i.e. most electric drills and hair dryers

How often do appliances need to be tested
The Australian Standards recommend particular test and tag frequencies based on the type of environment the appliance resides in. This is shown in the AS 3760 Standard via 'Table 4' which explains the minimum requirement. Website https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/


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