RCD Test and Tag Guidelines – Regulation 3.60 of the OSH regulations require that all RCDs be kept in a safe working
condition and tested regularly.
Construction and Mining RCD and Test and Tag Guidelines
Construction and demolition sites
Regulation 3.61 of the OSH regulations require the employer, self-employed person or
main contractor at a workplace to ensure compliance with Australian Standard AS/NZS
3012:2003 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites.
This standard sets out minimum requirements for the design, construction and testing of
electrical installations that supply electricity to appliances and equipment on construction
and demolition sites. It also sets out minimum requirements for the in-service RCD testing and portable, relocatable, and fixed electrical equipment used on construction and demolition sites.
Regulation 3.62 of the OSH regulations require the testing and tagging of portable electrical equipment or a portable RCD on any construction or demolition site to be carried out by a competent person. The tester’s name must appear on the tag, along with the test or re-test date, as specified in AS/NZS 3012:2003. If the tester is a licensed electrician, the tester’s licence number must also be included on the tag.
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Regulation 3.63 of the OSH regulations, states that any worker bringing a portable item
of electrical equipment or RCD to a construction or demolition site that is required to be
tested under AS/NZS 3012:2003, must, before the item is used:
- provide the main contractor with a record of the relevant testing data; and
- ensure the tag bears the name of the competent person who conducted the test.
Regulation 5.27 of the MSI regulations prescribes that each responsible person at a
mine site must ensure that a maintenance system is in place at the mine so that electrical
equipment and installations are maintained in a safe working order.
The maintenance system must include quarterly testing and tagging of any portable
appliances normally used in heavy operating environments, such as workshops, mining
areas, processing areas and construction sites.
Construction and Mining RCD and Test and Tag Colours
- Red: December, January, February
- Green: March, April, May
- Blue: June, July, August
- Yellow: September, October, November
In these environments, electrical appliances and equipment must be tested at least once every 3 months. After the technician has completed the testing, they must apply a label that corresponds to the period of testing.