Meeting Western Australia’s safety guidelines in the workplace should be of utmost importance. With strict test and tag regulations in WA, it is important to make sure you stay above the law and get it right. If you are looking for an independent company that you can trust, choose Jim’s Test and Tag.
Here we will discuss WA’s test and tag regulations and how you can protect your workforce.
Is Test and Tag a Legal Requirement in WA?
The objective of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 is to ensure that all portable plug-in
electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCDs) at the workplace are safe and have been appropriately tested by a competent individual. This objective is a legal requirement and all workplaces must comply.
It is important to acknowledge the differences in regulations between construction and demolition sites and all other workplaces. When on a construction or demolition site, electrical items that have been inspected or tested should be tagged. This should be done by a competent individual which should be clearly marked on the tag and it should be done in accordance with AS/NZS 3012:2003. For all other workplaces, items do not require tagging but it should be made clear that a maintenance program is in place.
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Who Can Test Your Electrical Equipment?
There are strict guidelines that need to be followed when testing your electrical equipment. First and foremost, the professional who is testing needs to have the skills and knowledge required to test your equipment competently. This can be acquired through training, qualification, experience, or a combination of them all. Essentially, you need to find someone who knows what to look at, what to look for and what to do.
With various rules and regulations depending on your type of workplace, you need to find a professional that excels in your field. At a minimum, the individual that you choose should:
- Be able to test various types of equipment and be knowledgeable of the difference between double insulated and protectively earthed
- Understand their boundaries and not attempt to test equipment that they are not used to
- Have a complete understanding of the OSH regulations and subsequent guidance materials
- Know how to use the equipment necessary to perform tests, interpret readings, and record results
For a Company, You Can Trust, Choose Jim’s Test and Tag!
Choosing an adequate professional to perform your tagging is essential. A well-rounded, respected company such as Jim’s Test and Tag is a great choice. Offering benefits such as short notice arrival and a reminder service so you can arrange an appointment in the weeks leading up to your retest date, you have guaranteed coverage.
With professionals who are willing to expand their knowledge and participate in your safety induction training, the team at Jim’s is dedicated, knowledgeable, and highly qualified to perform your electrical checks. Unlike other companies, our system only produces a tag once adequate testing has been completed so you can be sure that our tests are the real deal.
Providing continuous support whenever you get new equipment, few services are as comprehensive as ours. Contact us today for your free quote! For more information about regulations in WA visit www.commerce.wa.gov.au site.