July 13, 2013

Test and Tag

What Needs To Be Tested

All portable equipment, appliances, electric hand tools, extension leads, power boards and portable residual current devices (safety switches) must be regularly tested for electrical safety.

This includes the following examples:

OFFICE: computers and laptop chargers, portable printers & scanners, portable lighting, portable heater/cooler, portable radios/stereos, portable phone chargers (including mobile phone chargers), overhead projector, data projectors and electric whiteboards, any power boards and extension cords, vacuum cleaners.

KITCHEN: electric fry pans, toaster ovens, sandwich presses etc, non fixed microwaves, portable electric mixers, food processors, portable electric coffee machine and grinder, any power boards, extension cords, vacuum cleaners.

ACCOMMODATION: toasters, kettles and other portable cooking equipment, stereos, radios, DVD players, TVs and similar, portable lamps and heaters, hair dryers, bedside clocks, electric blankets, iron, all extension leads and power boards, portable phone chargers, vacuum cleaners.

SCHOOLS: computers and laptop chargers, portable printers, laminators & scanners, overhead projector, data projectors and electric whiteboards, toasters, kettles and other portable cooking equipment, stereos, radios, DVD players, TVs and similar, portable lamps and heaters, portable phone chargers, all extension leads, power boards and vacuum cleaners.

Type Of Environment In Which Equipment Is Used

Interval Between Inspection And Tests

Class Of Equipment

Additional Testing For Portable RCDs

Cord Extension Sets And EPODs

Class I

Class II

Push Button Test (by user)

Test For Operation

Construction and demolition sites


3 Mths

3 Mths

Immediately after connection to a socket outlet, and every day in use

3 Mths

3 Mths

Workshops and places of work, manufacturing, repair, assembly, maintenance or fabrication


6 Mths

1yr

Daily or before every use, whichever is longer

1yr

6mth

Other commercial environments with no special protection, e.g. laboratories, tea rooms, office kitchens, and health care establishments


1yr

1yr

3mth, or before every use, whichever is longer

2 Years

1yr

Office environment where equipment is not subject to constant flexing of the supply cord


5yr

5yr

3mth

2 Years

5yr

Hire Equipment


Before each hire

Before each hire

Before each hire

Before each hire

Before each hire

New equipment and repaired/serviced equipment


Prior to introduction to service and /or after servicing

Prior to introduction to service and /or after servicing

Prior to introduction to service and /or after servicing

Prior to introduction to service and /or after servicing

Prior to introduction to service and /or after servicing