Changes to testing and tagging on construction sites

5 December 2018

AN onsite office, meal room or ancillary building within the boundaries of a construction site is now considered part of the construction site.

Why? From 1 August this year, there was a change made to the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 that broadened the definition of construction work.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • Any electrical items that are housed or used on-site, within the perimeter of the site, including the site buildings, must be tested and tagged in alignment with AS3012:2010. To view the table, please visit
  • All portable equipment (electrical leads, power tools, equipment, microwaves, fridges, laptops etc.), used either onsite or in site buildings must be tested and tagged every three months
  • Transportable structure, fixed and transportable equipment and construction wiring, including switchboards, must be tested and tagged every six months
  • Only switched power outlets (marked with AS3190:2016) are to be used onsite and in site buildings. Domestic rated power boards will no longer be accepted.

You have until 31 October to ensure that site offices/meal rooms and ancillary buildings for the industry to ensure their site buildings comply with these changes.

For further information please contact Master Builders’ Work Health & Safety team on (07) 3225 6410.

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