Testing and tagging is the procedure of making the electric compliance safe before these are given to the customer for use. This procedure is usually carried by the technician who tests the appliance against Australian WHS defined safety rules of the electrical appliance. He visually analyses the appliance first and checks whether there is any damage in the flex, cover board or some connections. After the visual inspection it is made sure that the device is safe enough to run the electrical tests and then some other device related tests are performed to make sure the safety of the device.
Since majority of the electrical devices need to undergo through the hostility of the home and work environments and therefore these need to be tested so that these can handle the wear and tear and their rough usage do not make these appliances unsafe. Mostly this is the case with the power appliances. The testing and tagging procedures and the rules are implemented in different countries such as the New Zealand, USA and Australia as well.
Usually these are applied to the work places to make sure that the environment is kept to maximum safety. The question that arise in this context that which of these appliance needs to be tested and tagged, are the personal equipment such as the mobile and the laptop charger are also a part of this. However, the rules and the procedures are not different for personal equipment but this is not the responsibility of the employee or the worker to ensure the safety of the equipment even the personal ones but all the equipment which are used on the workplace are the responsibility of the owner and it is on him to make sure that these are safe.
The procedure is called testing and tagging because once the appliance and the device has been tested, it is tagged against it and this tag contains the information about the testing such as the tested date, name of the person who tested and the next date on which the device will be tested again. Although, this is not valid for all kind of industries but some kind of industries such as the construction, demolition and mining, it is mandatory because the equipment used there could be unsafe to use and their safety is required to ensure the safety of the employees. The testing and tagging in Melbourne is not one-time process for these companies but this is an ongoing process and every such industry needs to perform it every 3 months because after this period the environment and the electrical appliance could wear over this time and therefore, it is required every three months.