It is the obligation of all employers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to ensure that their workplace is safe for all employees. This also includes electrical safety. One of the most important areas of electrical safety is the regular inspection and testing of all electrical tools and equipment to ensure that they comply with the safety requirements set out in the relevant regulation.
To meet your duty of care under the OH&S Act and to comply with the current AS/NZ3760, equipment that may be unsafe should be withdrawn immediately from service and have a label attached warning against further use. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible, for such equipment to be disposed, destroyed, or repaired by an authorised repair agent or competent person. The owner or person responsible for the safety of the site shall determine the choice of remedial action, disposal or other corrective action.
Lee Matthews specialises in testing and tagging to Australian Standard AS/NZS3760 where "Portable electrical equipment, including flexible cords need to be regularly inspected for wear and mechanical damage, and periodically tested for earth continuity and insulation resistance. Procedures for testing of electrical leads, tools and equipment and the frequency of these tests can be found in the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment"
Test and Tag is a means of risk management in the workplace. OH&S legislation has made all levels of management personally liable for the safety of employees. When you use our test and tag service, we provide you with an Appliance Test Log document, which forms a part of your OH&S risk management documentation. This Log can also form part of your Asset Registry for insurance purposes also.
Prevention of workplace accidents also helps to keep insurance premiums down. Failure to comply with your obligations under OH&S legislation may also mean that your insurance company is not bound to cover a claim.
Lee Matthews makes it easy for you to fulfill your test and tag obligations under the OH&S Act and can organise the repairs of any fault found to minimise any down time.