In NSW, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 provides the legislative framework for the health and safety of workers.
The main aim of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is to ensure that managers identify, assess and eliminate or control risks in the workplace.
This legal requirement includes electrical risks. Electrical risks cannot be eliminated, therefore the law requires that managers implement strategies to control the risks presented to workers by the use of electricity and electrical appliances or tools.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing inspects and tests all electrical appliances in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3760: 2003. Qualified electrical test and tag technicians use specialised appliance testing instruments to test for invisible electrical faults, as well as completing a thorough visual inspection.
This process is carried out on specialised electrical appliance testing equipment which can conduct the following tests:
- Earth continuity - tests that appliances are properly connected to Earth
- Insulation resistance - tests that no current is flowing where it shouldn't be
- Leakage test - with the appliance powered on, tests that there is no current flowing, where it should not be
- Polarity test - Checks that extension cords and power boards are wired correctly
- RCD Trip time test - Tests that RCD (aka Safety Switch) will switch off fast enough to prevent injury in the case of a fault developing
- RCD current ramp test - tests that RCD is sensitive enough to the tiny currents
- Power testing - checks how much power appliances require - Using too much power on an electrical circuit is dangerous
- Electrical supply testing - checks that the power point to which equipment is connected and is wired correctly
Whether one runs a construction site, a retail store, a kitchen or a factory, electrical safety is paramount. In NSW, all levels of management are legally responsible for workplace safety, and a documented risk assessment approach is required. This includes assessing the risk presented by portable electrical appliances. Appliance Testing is a strategy which minimises the risk of electrical shock to workers.
Each appliance is inspected, electrically tested, and then tagged (labelled) at regular intervals. A record of these tests is kept as part of overall OH&S risk management documentation.
Electrical Testing and tagging is especially important in work environments that are hostile to electrical equipment.
NSW law requires employers to pay particular attention to the risks, where the workplace presents an environment, which is hostile to electrical equipment. Hostile work environments may, for example, expose electrical equipment to damage from moisture, corrosive chemicals, heat, vibration, dust, or physical use or abuse.
NSW appliance testing specialists Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing (SEAT) are committed to helping to comply with obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000. SEAT offers test and tag services which comply with Australian Standard 3760.
The inspection and test results are recorded electronically, and an electrical Test and Tag Log will be provided, which forms a part of risk assessment documentation. The electronic record keeping system can be used as an effective asset management tool for non-electrical assets as well.