Why should we test our appliances and equipment?
Under the Employers WHS Act 2011 and the OHS Act you as an owner or manager have a legal obligation to your staff to provide regular electrical safety appliance testing as well as a duty of care to your staff.
- The purpose of testing electrical equipment is to detect any adverse conditions that could render it electrically unsafe
- To Increase safety to all employees, customers and visitors on your premises
- It’s a great way to keep track of your assets as Records must be kept of all inspections made and maintenance carried out on all electrical appliances
- You can reduce your insurance premiums
What items need to be tested at my workplace - All items at all work places that plug in with a flexible cord need to be tested as per AS3760 whether they are 240v or 415v.
There are only 4 items that are excluded from testing and tagging and are listed below.
- Items at a height exceeding 2.5m.
- Items that are hard or fixed wired.
- Demonstration items, display items or sample items, and
- Items which need to be dismantled to establish safety of operation.
What about failed items?
Failed items are tagged: FAILED or DANGER or NOT in SERVICE. This is reported on the asset test log and either repaired or can be disposed off by the business in a safe manner.
We are a small business with only two employees - we shouldn’t need to be tested?
Yes you do need to have you appliances and equipment tested. No matter how big or small all workplaces require to be tested. Safety is of utmost importance to every individual no matter where they work. We all think or say - It’s not going to happen to me? Or it won’t occur at this work-site? If you alleviate hazards then you are more likely to be in a safer environment.
What are the consequences if we don’t get tested?
You may Forfeit your insurance as an insurance agency requires all OH & S requirements be met; including testing and tagging of all leads, appliances and equipment.
Every state has a Safety Board either under Worksafe, Workcover or Dept Industrial Relations which have inspectors that come to any site at any time; whether a building site or multi-national company; and they can inspect and request records of testing and tagging of equipment. If found not complying, you as an employer can be issued a Fine.
More importantly to avoid Incapacity or Death (to customer or employee)
Does second-hand electrical equipment require testing?
Energy Safe Victoria has initiated a program to ensure that all relevant suppliers of second-hand electrical equipment sold to the general public are required to ensure that these items are tested and appropriately labelled. No longer do Charity organisations sell second-hand electrical equipment due to risks involved.
Why can't I piggyback power-boards and double adaptors?
“Piggybacking of power-boards is not recommended as this causes excessive heat and may cause current overload”. If you need to piggyback have a registered electrician install an extra power point. “Double adaptors are not recommended and should be replaced by an approved power-board with RCD fitted and surge protection device”
When and how often do I need to have appliances and equipment tested?
AS3760:2010 is specific about reinspection timeframes.
How do you know you are getting the correct person to do the Testing and Tagging?
Make sure they are a qualified or competent person using the latest electronic test equipment with the appropriate licence and not a hand-held ‘megga’.
How can I get my workplace tested?
Just contact us on 0431 480 051 OR through the contact page and we will give you all the details you require.
What are the costs?
All jobs are charged at a per tag rate with no call-out fees. A Logbook/Asset register is required and can be either supplied electronically or in hard copy format.
An individual quote can be arranged through the Contact page at no extra cost.