Test & Tag

 NB The exemption certificate is only used as a True Negative statement 

Class Property Plant & Equipment
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Relevant Standards

AS/NZS 37650:2010 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment

How often does it need to be renewed


Depending on circumstances, 

  • Daily
  • Before every use
  • 3 monthly
  • 6 monthly
  • Yearly
  • Every 2 years
Where Applicable


New Zealand

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Description and why do we need it

Test and Tag is a generic name given to the process of visually inspecting and electrically testing in-service electrical equipment for personal safety. The frequency of testing depends on the equipment and the location of the equipment

Colloquially, it is also referred to as; tagging, test tag, test and tag, electrical tagging, appliance testing, portable appliance test or lead tagging.

The aim of test and tagging is to determine if the appliance is electrically safe for personal use. The appliance undergoes a visual inspection for defects such as damage or missing components and a number of electrical tests to measure earth continuity, insulation resistance and polarity.

In Australia and New Zealand, this is done using the Standard; AS/NZS 3760:2010 “In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment” as a reference document and AS/NZS 3012: 2010  - "Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites,outlines regular inspection and testing requirements".

Most organisations keep a Tag and Test register of equipment. A record of testing must be kept until the electrical equipment is next tested, permanently removed from the workplace or disposed of. A record of testing must specify:

  • the name of the person who carried out the testing
  • the date of the testing
  • the outcome of the testing
  • the date on which the next testing must be carried out.

The record may be in the form of a tag attached to the electrical equipment tested.

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