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Test and Tag

Electrical inspection and testing

Certain types of electrical equipment must be regularly inspected and tested by a competent person to identify damage, wear and detect electrical faults.

 You must make sure that electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment:

  • is supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet ('plug in' equipment), and
  • used in an environment in which its normal use exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, eg conditions such as exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.

'Competent person' for inspection and testing

A competent person is someone who has acquired - through training, qualification or experience - the knowledge and skills to carry out inspections and testing of electrical equipment.

The relevant Australian standards are:

  • AS/NZS 3760: 2010 - In service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment, outlines inspection, testing and tagging methods