In NSW, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 provides the legislative framework for the health and safety of workers.
There is also a particular Australian Standard, which details the appropriate inspection and testing regimes for film and television productions.
AS 4249 Electrical safety practices – Film, video and television sites
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing inspects and tests all electrical appliances in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3760: 2003 and AS 4249. 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 the production. Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing has provided testing and tagging services for numerous film and television productions in Australia, including Star Wars III (2004), Clubland (2006), Stealth (2005) and Superman Returns (2006).
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 your 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 construction, art department and SFX workshops) 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.
Film and Television workshops, sets and locations can expose electrical equipment to moisture, heat, dust, debris and physical damage from forklift trucks and heavy road-case wheels.
NSW appliance testing specialists Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing (SEAT) are committed to helping you 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 4249.
The inspection and test results are recorded electronically, and an electrical Test and Tag Log would be provided, which forms a part of the 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 4249, and documents the production’s commitment to electrical safety.
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing makes it easy to implement a test and tag strategy at events by offering flexible hours.