Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workplace is safe. There are many hazards associated with electrical equipment including electric shocks, explosions, fire and more so it is essential to follow the test and tag regulations in VIC in order to keep your staff and customers safe.
If regulations are complied with, the operation of your business can run smoothly. Here we will discuss everything you need to know about the testing of your equipment.
Regular Testing Helps to Minimise the Risks in the Workplace
Test and tag regulations are put into place in order to maximise safety in the workplace. Understanding the risks, identifying potential hazards and implementing risk controls are all things that employers should already be practising; regular testing is simply an additional layer of protection, showing risks that an untrained professionals may not be able to see.
It should be noted that just because a piece of equipment has a tag, it does not mean that the item is entirely safe. It could easily have been damaged between tagging and use as there are many elements that could reduce its lifespan including dust, moisture, heat and exposure to corrosive chemicals.
So is test and tag a legal requirement in VIC?
There are many OH&S and WH&S guidelines that must be adhered to in order to operate your business legally. One of these aspects is ensuring that your electrical equipment has been adequately tested and tagged. With a clear time frame outlining how often each item should be tested, there is no reason as to why the test and tag requirements shouldn’t be adhered to.
There are also strict guidelines outlining who is able to perform each inspection. They should only be undertaken by professionals who have been appointed as competent by their employer. They can achieve this status through training, qualifications, experience or a combination of the three.
Ensuring the test is correctly recorded is also a legal requirement in VIC. There should be a clear tag on the equipment and records kept showing the full name of the tester, the date of the test, the outcome of it and the date that the next test is due.
How to Keep on Top of Your Retesting Schedule
More often than not, businesses will have a number of electrical items that are subject to test and tag requirements. In these cases, ensuring that their retesting does not fall outside of the maximum interval time can be pressurising. To ease the stress, it can be helpful to choose a company or individual that offers a reminder service. Take Jim’s Test and Tag for example; we offer a service whereby we contact you a short while before your retest date so you can get booked in. Simply, easy and efficient; what could be better?
Want More Information?
Offering Test and Tag in Victoria with fantastic benefits including short notice testing, there is no-one more able to take care of your test and tag needs than us here at Jim’s. Speak to us today to see how we can improve your business and ensure the safety of your staff and customers. For more information about regulations in Victoria visit www.worksafe.vic.gov.au