Occupational Health and Safety – A legal requirement for all NSW businesses
Understanding and remaining compliant with NSW OHS standards is vital to ensure your workplace properly protects your employees from injury or death and protects your business from financial risk. The Occupational Health and Safety Act NSW 2000s provides the legislation all New South Wales workplaces are required to be compliant with to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and visitors. Read More
Anybody that goes into business and hires employees, or envisions a day where the general public will spend time on their premises has a duty of care to provide a safe environment that poses no threat to their wellbeing or their lives. Electricity is all around us and very much a part of our daily work and so, in order to ensure that the equipment and appliances and ports that we use are in fine working condition test and tag regulations are in place, which all business owners must comply with every year.
Test and Tag Regulations in Australia
Here at Jim’s Test and Tag, we are specialists where test and tag electrical assessments and use OHS/WHS compliant equipment when we carry out our tests. Given the fact that we have been working for the Australian business and private community for over a decade, you can feel assured that our team of professionals deliver a level of service that is second to none and trusted by thousands every year.
Thorough testing is completed before a tag is issued, regardless of whether that is for a major piece of equipment or a kitchen appliance. We believe that this is essential because even when small items go wrong, there is a chance that this could escalate and lead to a fire, or increase the risk to those in the proximity. None of which you want to happen on your watch, or anybody else’s for that matter.
What is AS/NZS 3760?
In terms of Australian Standards, the AS/NZS 3760 applies to test and tag, specifically in terms of the electrical safety of portable appliances. The purpose of these guidelines and regulations are to ensure that workplaces are safe with regards to the testing of 240V, 3 phase and low voltage electrical equipment.
The AS/NZS 3760 requires that those that must remain in compliance with it do so on a regular basis. As such, it is recommended that all those affected by it remain up to date with any changes, because failure to comply could result in a breach of your responsibilities.
What’s more, test and tag regulations stipulate that only those that are identified as “competent” carry out the checks. While there are plenty of handymen around to turn to, here at Jim’s Test and Tag, we believe that if you want the job done right, you should always turn to the professionals.
Our goal is to prevent any mishaps or accidents occurring by giving you workplace a thorough assessment. What’s more, regardless of whether you are responsible for a hospital operating environment or a non-hostile operating environment, we are equipped to deliver the level of service you require to remain fully compliant.
In addition to this, our handy reminder service affords you the possibility of leaving scheduling of your next test and tag to us. We take the hassle out of this necessary duty and our data management services will ensure that you can depend on us for credible OHS records.
Reducing Risk and Improving Safety
There are no prizes for taking shortcuts, particularly in the workplace and particularly where the lives of others are at stake. As such, remaining in compliance and in good standing with test and tag regulations ensures that you don’t have the stress the possibility of an inspection finding your equipment out of date in terms of its testing. It also affords you the peace of mind that a professional service can bring when you hand this specific and vital task over.
So, get in touch with Jim’s Test and Tag today and avail of our free quote. We look forward to reducing risk and improving the safety level of your workplace in the not too distant future.
This act states that all electrical installations at a workplace must be maintained by a competent person to ensure they remain safe for use. Any breaches of this act can leave your business facing serious litigation in court.
When do I need to test the electrical equipment at the workplace?
All electrical equipment at a worksite must be regularly tested by a trained and qualified person to ensure that it is safe for use. However, the required frequency for testing differs for different equipment and work environments.
For example, RCD testing should be performed every 3 months while portable appliances should be tested every 6 months.
More ‘hostile operating environments’ (“a place of work where an electrical article is in its normal use subjected to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the article”) such as workplaces of businesses operating in the construction industry are required to perform electrical equipment testing more frequently.
- RCD testing should be performed once a month as they require an ‘operating time test’ (electrical trip)
- Electrical appliances in these workplaces require testing every 3 months
The table below provides a more detailed overview of the guidelines for different work environments and equipment. Jim’s Test & Tag can also provide assistance in helping businesses identify how often they should be testing their electrical equipment.
Jim’s Test & Tag is committed to helping NSW businesses provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees and onsite visitors. We offer a range of services, including electrical risk assessment, electrical testing and tagging, RCD testing and emergency and exit lights, that are all delivered to help your business remain OHS compliant.
Call us today on 131 546 or inquire online to book a Jim’s Test & Tag technician to visit your workplace.