by BT Team

As an employer, you should be aware of the current legislation covering the requirements of electrical testing in the workplace. Below are listed the main regulations and Standards. Please feel free to contact us for further detailed information.

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations, 1995. Division 2.5 :- Provides for the health and safety of people at work from the risks arising from electricity. The regulations aim to ensure that the potential for injury caused by working with electricity is minimised, and, the safety of all electrical installations, appliances and associated equipment used in the workplace. 

These regulations apply to all electrical installations, appliances and equipment in all workplaces. Specifically, the regulations deal with moveable electrical equipment and maintenance of RCD's.

Australian Standards 3760 : - This standard deals with specific procedures for the testing of all electrical equipment (other than fixed equipment) which is connected by a flexible power supply cord, and RCD's.

The above regulations and standards require the following procedures to be carried out.

* All electrical equipment (other than fixed electrical equipment) which is connected by a flexible power supply cord requires routine in-service inspection and testing.

* A 'competent person' as determined by the legislation must carry out that inspection and testing.

* Equipment that has been tested requires a tag be affixed, showing the name of the company who performed the test, and the retest date.

* While the recording of test results is not yet mandatory, it is recommended as being good practice.

Retesting of equipment must be done in accordance with legislation. This requires that equipment including the electric jug for making the office coffee, through to computers, fax machines, desk lamps, electric power tools, welders etc, be tested at regular intervals as in accordance with Australian Standards 3760.

* RCD's must be tested every 3 years, and test results kept by the owner for at least 5 years. Also the built-in test facility on the RCD's must also be tested every 12 months in office, commercial and fabrication sites, and monthly at demolition and construction sites.

* Equipment identified as faulty needs to be withdrawn from service immediately. Where any equipment fails testing, it is deemed to be non-complaint, and requires the attachment of a label warning against its further use. That equipment must then be sent for repair, disposal or destruction.

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