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When and How Often Do You Test and Tag

Ensuring you and your team are working safely around electrical appliances is important. 

How often you need to test and tag your appliances comes down to what class of work you are in.  In some classes provided you have a safety switch in test then you may not have to do it at all.

Please have a review of the table and if you have any questions please give our office call to discuss with you the specific requirements.

Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)

At least 3 monthly intervals by a competent person


  • Use the inbuilt test button (at least monthly)
  • An operating time/current test by a competent person at least annually


  • Use the inbuilt test button – immediately after it is connected and immediately before it used, first time each day
  • By a competent person, at least every 3 months


Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • If equipment is double insulated, at least every 12 months by competent person.
  • If not double insulated, at least every 6 months by competent person and connected to a safety switch.

  • Use the inbuilt test button – at least every 6 months
  • An operating time/current test at least every 12 months by competent person
  • Use the inbuilt test button – daily or before each use, whichever is longer
  • By a competent person, at least every 12 months


Note: From 1 March 2008, portable safety switches are not to be used in manufacturing work. Installed safety switches must be used.


Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • At least 12 monthly intervals by a competent person or connected to a safety switch.

  • Use the inbuilt test button, at least every 6 months
  • An operating time/current test by a competent person, at least every 12 months
  • Use the inbuilt test button at least every 3 months or before each use, whichever is longer
  • An operating time/current test by a competent person, at least every 12 months

Longer test intervals may apply. Consult the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 and AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment


Longer test intervals may apply. Consult the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 and AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment



Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • At least 5 yearly intervals by a competent person or connected to a safety switch.

  • Use the inbuilt test button at least every 6 months.
  • An operating time/current test by a competent person, at least every 2 years
  • Use the inbuilt test button at least every 3 months

  • An operating time/current test by a competent person at least every 2 years


For Specified Electrical Equipment:

Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • If equipment is double insulated, at least every 12 months by competent person

  • If not double insulated, at least 6 months by competent person and connected to a safety switch

  • Use the inbuilt test button – at least every 3 months

  • An operating time/current test at least every 6 months by competent person


  • Use the inbuilt test button – daily or before each use, whichever is longer.
  • By a competent person, at least every 3 months

Longer test intervals may apply. Consult the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 and AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment

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


For Amusement Rides and Devices

Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • Inspected and tested each after each onsite assembly, and every six months.



All plug in equipment

Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • Visual examination before each use.




Portable/Specified
Electrical Equipment
 Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Fixed) Type 1 or 2 Safety Switch (Portable)
  • Either: test and inspect every 12 months or protect with a safety switch.

  • Recommended push button test every three months.
  • Recommended push button test every three months.

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 there must be an attached durable tag which shows when the next test is due.


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