O’Brien Electrical and Plumbing Coopers Plains can help you comply with and meet requirements of the recently mandated Testing and Tagging of all tools and equipment.
O’Brien Electrical and Plumbing Coopers Plains provides testing and tagging of office equipment, kitchen appliances, industrial machines, and other plugged tools to help you comply with Australian standards and regulations.
Testing and tagging of all tools and equipment (particularly on onsite work and building sites) can help keep keeping your office, home or work site safe, protecting yourself and others from potential hazards or accidents.
We provide testing and tagging services to clients right across Brisbane Southside, including Ipswich, Logan, Redlands & Redcliffe regions.
Test & Tagging FAQs
How do you do testing and tagging?
Testing and tagging involves inspecting your electrical appliance for damage, testing your appliance with a PAT (Portable Appliance Tester) to identify any faults, and placing a tag on the device indicating the test date, when it’s due for testing again, and who performed the testing.
Are there particular workplaces that need testing and tagging?
Some work environments, such as construction sites, need to carry out frequent testing and tagging as required by law. Others, such as offices, might not be specifically required to undergo testing and tagging. That being said, all employers are expected and required to create a safe working environment, and testing and tagging is one way of observing this duty of care.
How often will I need testing and tagging?
It ultimately depends on the workplace you’re in. A construction or demolition site will need testing every three months, and manufacturing workshops every six months. Office environments might undergo testing and tagging every one to five years. If you have any queries about the frequency of testing and tagging for your workplace, our O’Brien Coopers Plains team is on hand to give you expert advice and recommendations.
What items need testing and tagging?
Any electrical, portable appliance with a power cord that sits up to 2.5 metres from the ground requires inspection, testing and tagging. These items might include laptops, printers, power tools, power boards, extension cords, audiovisual equipment, portable air conditioners, lamps, chargers, vacuum cleaners, 3-phase equipment and safety switches.
What if my items fail testing and tagging?
If an item fails its inspection and testing, it will be tagged with a label reading “DANGER” or “OUT OF SERVICE”. These items can’t be used and must be removed from the site immediately. Our team will help you determine the best solution for any equipment that’s failed testing and tagging.
What about brand-new equipment – does it need to be tested and tagged?
Yes. If your equipment has been purchased brand-new, it may be tagged “New To Service” and be tested at a subsequent inspection. Even new items can be susceptible to faulty wiring or earthing and non-compliance, which can make them unsafe for use.
How long does testing and tagging take?
The duration of the job will depend on your particular business needs. If you have a lot of equipment, the process will take longer. It’s generally estimated testing and tagging can take an hour to cover 10 to 20 appliances. It’s important equipment is accessible and any obstructive items or furniture has been removed, as this will help save time on the job. Speak to our friendly O’Brien Coopers Plains team about our work times; we’ll do our best to ensure an efficient, quality job that doesn’t compromise your schedule or productivity.
Why do I really need testing and tagging?
When you test and tag your workplace appliances, you’ll minimise the risk of injury to your employees, clients, or other third parties. As dictated by Occupational Health & Safety regulations, employers are required to ensure any risk of harm from electricity in the workplace is either eliminated or controlled with the help of regular maintenance, inspection and testing. All inspection and maintenance work must be documented to satisfy OH&S requirements.
How much will it cost to test and tag my appliances?
Every job has a different cost depending on its level of difficulty and scope. Give us a call on (07) 3277 7345 to learn more, or to request a quote for our services.