Electrical Test and Tag Wangaratta South

test and tag melbourne

Test and Tag Wangaratta South

Test and Tag Wangaratta South – Electrical Safety for RCDs and Safety Switches

An RCD is a type of cable that carries data and power. Data cables are used to transfer digital signals such as audio or video to and from a computer, while power cables carry electricity from the wall socket to your devices.
There are two different types of RCDS: An RCD with a microprocessor and an RCD with only a microprocessor. The difference between these two types of RCDS is that the one with a microprocessor can be programmed like an alarm panel while the other cannot.

The surge protection in your RCD will protect your sensitive electronics such as computers, televisions, and other appliances. The RCD will also protect you from damage caused by power surges that could cause fires and electrical shocks.

What is a Safety Switch?

Safety switches can be found on switchboards. These devices are switches that have a built-in trip mechanism that trips the circuit when the switch is manually moved. The trip mechanism will then reset itself and the circuit will continue to operate as normal.

Safety switches are used to protect people, equipment, and other assets from damage caused by excess current. They can be used for motor control circuits, lighting control circuits, and for power distribution systems.

The Areas we services in Melbourne are:

Melbourne, Bendigo, Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Footscray, Geelong, Laceby, North Wangaratta, Melton, Tullamarine, Toorak, South Yarra, St Kilda, Wangaratta, Wangaratta South, Waldara, Craigieburn, Kalkallo, Epping, Somerton, Roxburgh Park, Mickleham, Tullamarine, Thornbury, Fitzroy, Richmond, Parkville, Reservoir, Benleigh East, Oakleigh, Bentleigh, Brighton, Carnegie, Mount Waverley, Cheltenham, Hughesdale, Kew, North Melbourne, Balaclava

Test and Tag Melbourne

The different types of safety switches include:

Overload protection – These devices detect a fault condition on a circuit and automatically open the circuit breaker or disconnect it from the source of voltage in order to protect against potentially dangerous overcurrent.

Short-circuit protection – When a short-circuit occurs on a circuit, this type of safety switch opens up its contacts so that current cannot pass through them anymore.

How Often Should RCD be Tested?

The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and its age. RCDs and safety switches should be tested at least once every 12 months. If an RCD or safety switch has been installed in a water system, it is recommended that it be tested every six months. However, businesses with a larger number of units must test RCDs more frequently. We also recommend that you test any other components (such as fuses) that may be communicating with the water heater. These components can go out of service without warning and can cause serious problems if they fail while the water heater is hot. If you have an RCD that is over 10 years old, you should replace it with a new one. If your RCD is less than 10 years old, you may want to replace it with a new one anyway if there is a sign of damage or if the test and tag result is not desirable.

Test and Tag Melbourne

How Often Should a Safety Switch be Tested?

Just like the RCDs, the amount of time between testing safety switches is dependent on the age of the unit and type. For example, a safety switch that was installed in a boiler room 30 years ago would require more frequent testing than one installed in a new commercial building.

However, if you have a unit that has been upgraded or replaced with another model, then you should perform this critical maintenance right away. In another instance, light industrial settings may require monthly testing, while water and wastewater treatment plants may need to be tested every six months to a year. For guidance, the AS/NZS3760 standard will provide you with the basics.

How are Test and Tag Performed on RCDs and Safety Switch?

To test RCDs or safety switches on your switchboard, you can press the test button. The test button is the blue button with a T. Normally, it should flick when switched to the off position but if it does not switch to off, it means your safety switch is faulty. If you test all your safety switches and they switch off, but power remains in your business, it indicates that your circuit does not have a safety switch attached.

Safety always comes first!

WorkSafe Victoria requires employers to ensure compliance with AS/NZS 3760. Employers have a duty of care, to provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risks to health. To meet these obligations, employers should have procedures. Such as regular test and tagging in place to review and maintain the safety of the workplace environment. At The Local Guys – Test and Tag Melbourne, we believe safety comes first and foremost. By conducting regular Appliance test and tagging, you are ensuring the safety of your business. Your employees, and anyone that encounters your business – and therefore, meeting your duty of care. Don’t take the risk, you may not get a second chance.

Ensure the safety of your equipment with professional test and tag from The Local Guys. Call today!

Test and Tag Services We Offer

The Local Guys – Test and Tag is a one-stop-shop! We offer a range of Electrical & Fire Testing that you can protect your business in as many ways as possible, without the hassle of organizing arrangements with multiple companies.

What is included in your service? After we complete your testing, you will receive:

  • Full reporting
  • A certificate of compliance with your testing expiry date.
  • Any advice and information you require from a qualified technician.
  • We contact you when your next service is due – so you will never need to worry!

So what are you waiting for, REQUEST A QUOTE today!

Test and Tag Albany

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should test and tag be done?

When considering the test and tag intervals and how often any electrical appliance should be tested. The major underlying factor is the type of environment the appliance is generally located. In many workplaces will be having various frequencies of test and tag due to their individual risk management as well as WH&S planning. Depending on the state where you are operating. “Its safety regulations or the present Australian standard”. Will be specifying how often you require to get a test and tag done for your electrical appliances, safety switches, and so on.

Do you need to test and tag new equipment?

When any equipment is new, then the supplier must be held responsible for its electrical safety initially. “Any new equipment never requires to be tested on purchase.” But it must be inspected visually for any damage and must be tagged with the “New to Service” tag for indicating that they are purchased new. The tag will state that it is not tested in accordance with the Australian standard and the date should be specified when it will be tested by an experienced technician.

Does a test and tag certificate expire?

Students who complete a Test and Tag course successfully are considered to be a Competent Person according to the AS/NZS 3760 standard. A test and tag certificate will never expire but if you wish to retain the Competent Person status, you must possess the latest knowledge as well as skills.

What services do The Local Guys - Test and Tag Melbourne offer?

Test and Tag Melbourne – The Local Guys Services

At the Local Guys Test and Tag Melbourne, we check your workplace and electrical equipment to ensure that it is 100% safe and in compliance with WH&S requirements. We have franchises everywhere in Australia and our technicians are fully trained and fully qualified to take care of your workplace.

Here are our test and tag Melbourne services.

  1. Appliance Test and Tagging

Appliance Testing and Tagging guarantees the safety and longevity of electrical appliances and equipment. The Local Guys Test and Tag Melbourne technicians follow the following steps to carry out testing:

  • Visual Inspection: Our technicians ensure that your electrical items do not have any visual faults.
  • Electrical Testing: Electrical testing is done using a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT tester). This device assesses earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance to ensure the complete electrical safety of the appliance.
  • Reporting: Once the testing and tagging processes are complete, we record all the details in our report including whether the items passed or failed our tests.
  1. Fire Extinguisher Testing

Testing fire safety equipment is essential to make sure that they are accessible and effective in fire accidents.

Testing and tagging fire extinguishers must be done every 6 months to make sure that they are working well when needed in order to minimize the loss of lives, equipment, and property.

The process starts by performing a complete visual inspection to evaluate:

  • The accessibility.
  • Mounted height.
  • Mounting brackets.
  • Safety pins.
  • The security tie.
  • Pressure gauge readings.

After making sure that everything is working properly, we tag the fire extinguisher with a reference number, which indicates that the inspection process has been performed.

Besides, we keep a record of the assessment in our database to remind you every 6 months of the fire extinguisher testing.

  1. Fire Blanket Testing

Fire Blanket Testing must also be carried out every 6 months in accordance with Australian Standards AS 1851 – 2010 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

The process depends on visual inspection of the surrounding areas to make sure that the right signage is displayed properly. Besides, it is important to make sure that the blanket is accessible and that both the blanket and container are in optimal conditions.

The report of the fire blanket testing will include the location of the blanket, whether it passed or failed the testing, and any suggestions to increase safety.

  1. Safety Switch (RCD) Testing

Residual Current Devices (RCD), also known as Safety Switches, are extremely important in workplaces and homes since they reduce the risk of fatal electric shocks significantly.

Safety switches are extremely sensitive. Therefore, they trip when there is a minor current increase on the circuit. That is why they must be tested and tagged on a regular basis to make sure that they are working properly all the time.

Our technicians perform two tests in accordance with Australian Standards to make sure that your Safety Switches are working properly.

  • Push-Button Test: This test ensures that the safety switch is going to trip when necessary.
  • RCD Trip Test: This test depends on stimulating a surge in powder in order to assess the safety switch response. If it works properly, it should trip in less than 40ms.

After finishing the testing process, we provide the client with a full report including the location of the safety switch, whether it passed or failed the testing, and our recommendations to increase safety in the workplace.

The Local Guys Test and Tag Melbourne Team strives for excellence. We are leaders in the test and tag industry in Melbourne and the whole of Australia.

If you need more information, contact us. The Local Guys test and tag Melbourne team are here for you.

Read What Our Customers Have To Say

Protect your business with trusted and reliable electrical testing. Get your free quote today!

Our Services


Electrical Appliance Testing


Fire Extinguisher & Blanket Testing


Safety Switch (RCD) Testing


Smoke Detector Testing


Microwave Leakage Testing


Emergency Exit Light Testing

Request A Quote

Contact Us To Test And Tag Your Workplace

We Service

Wangaratta & All of Victoria