In NSW, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 provides the legislative framework for the health and safety of workers.
There are also several Australian Standards, which detail appropriate inspection and testing regimes for events, festivals and carnivals:
AS 3002 Electrical installations – shows and carnivals
AS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing inspects and tests all electrical appliances in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3760: 2003 and AS 3002. 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.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing has the expertise to understand the needs and obligations of event organisers.
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 (such as outdoor events), 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.
Events, festivals and carnivals can expose electrical equipment to moisture, physical damage from forklift trucks and heavy road-case wheels, as well as physical abuse from the public.
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 and AS 3002.
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.
This electrical testing and tagging procedure and record keeping ensures compliance with AS/NZS 3760 and AS/NZS 3002, and documents commitment to electrical safety for festival or event.