Testing and Tagging Regulations

Ever checked the testing and tagging regulations and wondered what they actually meant? We're here to simplify things for you. Our guide to the testing and tagging regulations helps you cut through.
The big, number one reason, for regular testing of electrical equipment is to ensure the safety of people using the equipment.  Regular testing and tagging can also spot minor faults that can be repaired early and more cost effectively than if a major fault occurs, sparking a breakdown and expensive repair.
Testing and tagging should only be carried out by 
 someone who has the appropriate electrical work licence 
 and in accordance with testing and tagging regulations.
Queensland testing and tagging regulations, with regards to the intervals at which testing and tagging must be carried out, varies according to industry, equipment and other factors.

Let’s break those down, industry by industry, for easy reference.

Testing And Tagging For Construction

Equipment

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
Transportable structures, fixed and transportable equipment and construction wiring
6 monthly
Other Equipment
3 monthly

Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
Monthly
12 monthly


Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
Daily, or before every use (whichever option is the longer)
3 monthly

Testing And Tagging For Offices

Equpiment

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
All equipment (if no safety switch)
Every 5 years
Other Equipment
3 monthly

Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
2 yearly


Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
3 monthly
2 yearly

Testing And Tagging For Manufacturing

Equipment

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
Double insulated equipment
12 monthly
Non- double insulated equipment
6 monthly

Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
12 monthly


Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
Daily, or before every use (whichever is the longer) NOTE: From 1 March 2008 portable safety switches were prohibited from use in manufacturing work
12 monthly

Testing And Tagging For Service

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
All equipment (if no safety switch)
12 monthly

Commercial Cleaning Equipment
Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
Not Applicable
Not Applicable

Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
Daily, or before every use (whichever is the longer)
6 monthly



All Other Equipment
Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
2 yearly

Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
2 yearly

Testing And Tagging For Amusement

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
Double insulated specified equipment
12 monthly
Specified equipment not double insulated
6 monthly

Safety Switches - Fixed

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
12 monthly


Safety Switches - Portable

Push Button / User Test
Operating Time / Current Test
6 monthly
2 yearly

Testing And Tagging For Rural

Equipment

Equipment Type
Testing Interval
Equipment used under stated risk factors* and no safety switch (*See section 120 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for stated electrical risk factors)
12 monthly

Who Can Test Electrical Equipment?

As it is an offence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 for anyone other than a ‘competent’ person with the appropriate training, expertise and qualifications  (current Electrical Work licence) to carry out electrical testing and tagging, it’s extremely important that you contact and engage and properly qualified, licensed, electrical contractor. 

If you need any more advice or assistance, feel free to get in touch with the fully qualified team at South East Electrical.  

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