Frequently Asked Questions
- What items should be tested in my workplace?
Typically any electrical item that has a power lead that is plugged into a power point needs to be inspected, tested and tagged on a regular basis.
For some types of equipment or electrical items, the frequency of testing is more often where there is a higher safety risk or where there is likely to be greater use and wear. For example, a tradesman or a carpenter has a higher risk factor and needs to have their electrical equipment tested more often than a computer in a standard office.
There are some types of items and equipment like “hard wired” electrical fittings that do not need to be tested and tagged. A qualified Jim’s Test & Tag Franchisee will be able to offer advice and support for this question in more detail on site.
- What areas of my workplace do I need to test and tag to remain OHS/WHS compliant?
It is essential to test and tag all portable and non-portable electrical appliances with a flexible and detachable supply lead in your workplace. Portable appliances are located in more areas than you may realise; like the office kitchen or construction areas.
- What kind of typical hazards will Jim’s Test & Tag find in my workplace?
Our technicians come across many electrical dangers and hazards. Some of the most frequently electrical safety hazards include faulty wiring, RCD’s and earth systems. There are many different kinds of workplace hazards it is best to get a professional to inspect them.
- What should I look for when hiring a professional test and tag technician?
According to Australian standards, the suitable persons who can perform regulated test and tag services are those who possess qualifications and/or sufficient knowledge in electrical testing and tagging. These include our qualified technicians who test and tag across the nation.
- What testing time-frame should I follow?
Testing frequency differs between workplace based on circumstances including levels of risks involved and where the equipment is being used. Most businesses only require yearly inspections however there are some workplaces that have high risk environments and therefore need more frequent testing from daily to monthly.
Ensure your test and tag technician is aware of the time frames scheduled in Table 4 of AS/NZS 3760 so that your workplace is meeting the safety requirements. At Jim’s Test & Tag we make sure that you don’t fall behind your regular testing schedule by sending out courtesy inspection reminders.
- Is a Multimeter a sufficient tool to test my portable appliances?
A multimeter is not an adequate tool as it isn’t compliant with AS/NZS3760. Equipment that has an electronic, magnetic or membrane type on/off switch requires mandatory leakage current tests. Some of this equipment can be located in offices, kitchens and construction sites. You must ensure that your service provider does not solely rely on a multimeter as it does not meet the testing requirements as outlined in AS/NZS3760.
- What equipment does Jim’s Test & Tag use?
All Jim’s Test & Tag technicians utilise test equipment that complies with the testing obligations of AS/NZS3760.
- Do new items need to be tested?
While new items don’t require testing, they must still be tagged ‘once in service’ following the requirements of AS/NZS 3760.
- Does my equipment need to be switched off during inspection?
Yes, all equipment needs to be turned off before testing can commence. This is to ensure the safety of our technicians and customers. Once an electrical risk assessment has been completed then equipment can be turned back on.
- Do double insulated appliances need inspecting?
Double insulated electrical items and equipment should be tested and tagged in accordance with table 4 of AS/NZS3760.
- How much does a Test and Tag procedure cost?
Jim’s Test & Tags fees are based on the number of tests we complete for you. This test rate includes all labour, test equipment, test tags, and reporting. For a complete quote call Jim’s Test & Tag on 1800 214 795.
- Should second-hand electrical equipment be tested?
The testing of second-hand equipment is dependent on State Legislation. At Jim’s Test & Tag we can perform inspections of the equipment you wish to sell or buy to ensure it abides by your State’s electrical safety requirements.
- How long does the test and tag process go for?
The duration of testing and tagging depends on the appliance tested however it should only really take a few minutes at a time. A visual inspection of the appliance takes place prior which in turn aids the technician to judge what electrical test needs to be performed. Some appliances have to go through several tests prior to being labelled as safe and acceptable. At Jim’s Test & Tag we uphold a strong sense of efficiency in all of our testing and tagging appointments.
- What does appliance testing and tagging entail?
Appliance Testing is a method used to check the safety of electrical appliances and the environment they are used or stored in and tagging them to show that they have been tested and when they need to be tested again. A qualified technician will come and inspect your electrical appliances, conduct electrical testing on them and then label a dated tag on each tested item. They will also provide you with a record to prove that you have complied with electrical testing and risk management laws.
- Where can I learn more about my state legislation?
You can learn about your State’s Legislation at www.standards.com.au.
- What should my test and tag records include?
Test and tag records are compliant with the standards in AS/NZS 3760:2010. This involves a succinct history of all the tests along with adequate tagging that displays the date and assessment details of the item.
- What makes Jim’s Test & Tag a professional service provider?
All Jim’s Test & Tag professionals are trained with a high level of expertise and knowledge of the test and tag industry including State Legislation and electrical safety requirements. These include OHS/WHS, and AS/NZS 3760 standards. At Jim’s Test & Tag we can provide our expert advice to ensure your home or work is safety compliant.