Test and Tag Colours
Test & Tag Different ColoursIf you’ve been called out to test appliances, knowing which test and tag colour you should be using can be a confusing concept for particular industries. After all, you want to know what is and what isn't required by Australian standards.
It's important to remember that VIC, WA, NSW, SA and QLD all follow the same Standard, meaning the colours will be the same for all states.
There are essentially two scenarios:
1) If you work in construction or demolition, you are required to use the specified test tag colours.
2) If you don't work in those industries, you can use your own colour coding system.
Test and tag colours for construction and demolition
For anyone that works in demolition or on construction sites - there are particular tag colours you are required to use in different months of the year according to AS/NZS 3012. This would apply to all states around Australia (NSW used to have a seperate colour coding system). These colours are also commonly used for mining sites.
Choose your own test tag colours
For everyone else not working in those particular industries, it is not legislatively required to use any special tag colour for the different months.
It really comes down to your own personal choice as to which electrical tagging colours you choose to use.
We recommend that you designate different test tag colours for the various re-testing periods and then rotate the colours with each test. As a result, when it comes time for re-testing, you'll know immediately which appliances need to be tested.
The most common tag colours people use are red, green, blue, yellow, orange, white, black and burgandy.
If you would like to discuss test and tag colours further, you can call us on 9933 1100.