FAQ
Electrical test and tag and RCD

What appliance needs testing at workplace?

All electrical appliances are designed for connection to power by flexible cord which require to be inspected. The following appliances are excluded from testing and tagging under Australian standard AS/NZS 3760:2010

  • Appliances at a height over 2.5 meters
  • Fixed or hard wired appliances
  • Display, sample or new stock in a retail shop or warehouse
  • Appliances which require to be disassembled to conduct testing and tagging


Is it cheaper to conduct testing and tagging by staff?

If you wish to conduct the test by one of your staff, you will need to consider the following expenses:

  • Testing and tagging equipment such as meter, printer, tablet and software which cost more than $4,000 which need to be calibrated annually and approved by authorized organizations.
  • Initial and ongoing training staff
  • Testing and tagging materials such as tags and etc.

Based on our experience of test and tag, we recommend you to outsource your test and tag to an authorized company to have better result as well as low cost service.


What type of appliances need test and tag?

All portable plugs in appliances located in your workplace in a power point placed less than 2.5 meters from the ground require inspection by a qualified technician. As an example, the following appliances require test and tag:

  • Monitor
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop
  • Printer and scanner
  • Photocopier
  • Fax machines
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Power board
  • Extension leads
  • All double insulated items
  • Portable ACs
  • RCDs
  • Battery chargers
  • Phone chargers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Desk lamps
  • Different types of chargers
  • Power cords


How much electrical test and tag cost?

The price will vary according to the number of items to be tested and location of your premises. (Metropolitan or Regional). Please CLICK HERE to obtain a free quote.


Is Victoria Test and Tag insured?

Victoria Test and Tag has workers compensation and 10,000,000.00 public liability insurance as well as national police checks for every technician. Certificates of insurances are available upon request.


How long will test and tag take?

As every item should be comprehensively inspected before passing the test, each test may take up to few minutes. Our technician are experienced and trained to conduct the test as effective as possible and ensuring minimal disruption to your daily duties.


Will every items need to be turned off during test and tag?

Yes, prior to test, the appliances require to be turned off or powered down. After completion of the test every appliances will go back to the situation they were before.


What happen to the failed items?

After conducting testing and tagging, whatever has been failed, will be placed separately and will pass it to the contact person to your workplace. Moreover, you can find every failed appliance in your report with its location and test result.


How frequently do I need to do testing and tagging?

AS/NZS 3760 has certain rules for re-inspection which vary according to the location of the equipment, the environment in which it is being used and the level of risk related with use.
AS/NZS 3760 provides re-inspection time which varies from 3 month to 5 years. Our technician will consider all the factors associated with your appliance to be tested in the most effective and safest way.
Victoria Test and Tag will notify you in prior to your test expiry date to ensure you are always compliant with AS/NZS 3760.


Is there a “tolerance” for re-conducting testing and tagging?

Yes. AS/NZS 3760 advices a tolerance of 2 weeks prior to the due date and 2 weeks after the item is due for retesting. This provides you to have 4 weeks in total to schedule for the test.


What does the test result include and how can I receive it?

The test result will be ready within 3 days after completion of the test. It contains result of different tests such as visual, insulation resistance and etc. Every appliance has location and unique ID. The report can be exported in PDF, CSV and Doc format.


What test and tag record must be kept?

AS/NZS 3760 needs the following record of tests:

  • A test tag attached to each appliance must demonstrate test date, retest date, person conducting the test and result of the test.


What areas of workplace require testing and tagging to satisfy OH&S legislation?

Portable equipment located in all area of the workplace must be tested and tagged to satisfy OH&S regulation. Some of these areas might include:

  • Kitchen
  • Tea room
  • Office
  • Laboratory
  • Warehouse
  • Workshop
  • Meeting room
  • Classroom
  • Staff room
  • Lunch room
  • Manufacturing area
  • Construction area
  • Retail area
  • Storage
  • Canteen in schools


Is appliance need testing and tagging while they are working properly for years?

Appliances can still operate normally when they are unsafe. There some internal issues associated with safety which are not performing well while the appliance function normally. Or the cord of the appliance could be worn or damaged while it is functioning normally. In both situations, it can cause electrical shock.


What is the rate of fail items in testing?

Based on our experience number of failed items may vary from 3% to 10% depending on the location of appliances and its usage.


Can Victoria Test and Tag repair failed appliances?

Victoria Test and Tag is committed to ensure that your workplace is safe under AS/NZS 3760 so we recommend you to replace faulty items or get another certified company to do that for you.


Microwave Radiation Test

Why do I need to conduct microwave radiation test at my workplace?

As radiation leakage has several health impacts on body so this should be measured and controlled. Radiation leakage test is a most accurate way to ensure that radiation leakage being emitted from the microwave oven under Radiation Health Committee Limits and Australian/New Zealand Standards.


What is expected from microwave radiation test by Victoria Test and Tag?

By having microwave inspected by Victoria Test and Tag, your company has ensured that radiation levels are not above recommended limits which is 5 CM/SCM


Can we conduct the test with one of the radiation meter buying from JBHI with the price of $100 to $300?

No. Small leakage detectors used by a many electricians should not showing an actual leakage and also they cannot be calibrated and do not comply with Australian Standards. Our testing is conducted by using an advanced microwave survey meter calibrated yearly by a NATA recognised laboratory (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency).


What if microwave has leakage?

If microwave is leaking radiation above the recommended limit, we are unable to do any action to reduce the radiation leakage. We will place a danger sticker on the unit and notify the contact.


Do you conduct the test at my premises?

Yes. One of our radiation surveillance technicians will perform the test at your premises.


What is involved in microwave radiation testing?

One of our qualified and experienced radiation surveillance technicians will visit your workplace and conduct microwave testing which includes:

  • Radiation leakage test
  • Physical damage check
  • Power output
  • Place sticker on the unit indicating test date, retest date and radiation level
  • Get signature from contact


How do you provide test result?

Within 3 days after completion of the test we will send you a written report which indicates microwave model, microwave serial number, radiation level, power output and general status of the unit. The report is in PDF format.


What is the expiry of the microwave radiation leakage test?

The expiry of the microwave radiation leakage test is 12 month. Please note prior to your test we will remind you to schedule for re-inspect your microwave unit.


How much microwave radiation test cost?

The price will vary according to the number of microwaves to be tested and location of your premises. (Metropolitan or Regional). Please CLICK HERE to obtain a free quote.


Is Victoria Test and Tag insured?

Victoria Test and Tag has workers compensation and 10,000,000.00 public liability insurance as well as national police checks for every technician. Certificates of insurances are available upon request.


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