Why do I Need to Test & Tag?

Occupational Health and Safety Legislation imposes a duty of care to provide a safe workplace. Failure to ensure the safety of electrical equipment may result in the death or injury of yourself, your employees or others.

To meet your duty of care you are required to reduce the risk of electrical shock as far as practicable. One method of achieving this is to ensure your tools, leads and appliances are tested for electrical fault on a regular basis. Every workplace should be safe for everyone working in it. Not only is human life at risk from electrical leakage but property and assets are at risk from electrical fires that could be prevented.

Every workplace should be safe for everyone working in it. Not only is human life at risk from electrical leakage but property and assets are at risk from electrical fires that could be prevented.

What Needs To Be Tested?

Almost every item that plugs into a power point in the workplace should be included in a regular inspection programme. These include but are not limited to:

  • Portable, hand-held and stationary appliances
  • Power tools
  • Welders
  • Cord extension sets and power boards
  • Flexible cords connected to fixed equipment
  • Portable Isolation Transformers
  • Residual Current Devices

 

For further information on electrical safety please visit the QLD Electrical Safety Office website:

http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety/index.htm