Testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment

Testing and tagging intervals, other than construction and demolition sites

The time between the inspection and testing of your electrical equipment depends on the type of situation. The table below indicates those time frames. A two-week tolerance is allowed or changed based on a risk assessment managed by a competent person. Specific workplace safety requirements, manufacturer instructions or other standards may specify longer or shorter intervals.

Immediate testing and tagging of the electrical equipment is required when;

  • returning from a repair or service,
  • putting into service, if sourced from a second-hand sale.

Type of environment and/or equipment

(a)

Interval between inspection and tests

Equipment including Class I equipment, Class II equipment, cord sets, cord extension sets and EPODs


(b)

Residual current devices (RCDs)

Push-button test – by user

Operating time and push-button test

Portable

(c)

Fixed

(d)

Portable

(e)

Fixed

(f)

1 Factories, workshops, places of work or repair, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance or fabrication

6 months

Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer

6 months

12 months

6 months

2 Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in normal use OR is open to abuse OR is in a hostile environment

12 months

3 months

6 months

12 months

12 months

3 Environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subject to flexing in normal use and is NOT open to abuse and is NOT in a hostile environment

5 years

3 months

6 months

2 years

5 years

4 Residential type areas of: hotels, residential institutions, motels, boarding houses, halls, hostels accommodation houses, and the like

2 years

6 months

6 months

2 years

2 years

5 Equipment used for commercial cleaning

6 months

Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer

N/A

12 months

N/A

6 Hire equipment:

Inspection

Test and tag

Prior to hire

Including push-button test by hirer prior to hire

N/A

N/A

3 months

N/A

3 months

12 months

7 Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipment

After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762

Inspection, testing and tagging intervals for construction and demolition sites

Every three months we visit your construction site. We always bring our PPE and white card (general construction induction card), and do a site induction if required. For safety reasons, we try to do all the testing and tagging near the toolboxes and ask the tradies to bring their tools to us. This way, we limit the time wandering around on the construction site (except to check the temporary switchboards’ RCD switches).

Some construction sites demand to test and tag on a monthly basis.

For construction sites, the retest is due before or on the due date, so no tolerance as with the regular (non-construction nor demolition) test and tagging.

RCD’s

Pushbutton test

Portable: After connection to a socket or before connecting equipment and at least once every day of use

Non-portable / fixed: Every month

Operating time

Portable: Every 3 months

Non-portable / fixed: Every 12 months