Know Your Requirements
Who is responsible to ensure electrical safety of electrical equipment in the workplace?
The employer or self-employed person, any person in control of electrical equipment and the worker who uses the equipment have obligations at the workplace to ensure the electrical safety of electrical equipment used in the business.
Obligations of employers and self-employed persons
The Act imposes obligations on employers and self-employed persons to ensure their business or undertaking is conducted in a way that is electrically safe and that all electrical equipment used in the business is electrically safe.
Obligations of persons in control of electrical equipment
The Act imposes obligations on persons in control of electrical equipment to ensure the equipment is electrically safe.
Obligations of workers
A worker at a place where electrical equipment is located has an obligation to:
· Comply with the instructions for the electrical safety of persons and property at the place given by the employer or person in control of the equipment.
· Use personal protective equipment provided by the employer and be instructed in its proper use.
· Not to wilfully or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided for electrical safety at the place.
· Not to wilfully pace any person, including him/herself, in electrical risk at the place.
Test and Tag Intervals – Queensland
Testing Intervals are also another standard requirement. Interval lengths are mostly dependant on the type of environment an electrical appliance is in.
We generally recommend the following frequencies:
Building, Construction and Demolition: 3 months
Manufacturing, Warehouses and Production: 6 months
An environment where the equipment/supply cord is prone to flexing or open to abuse: 12 months
An environment where the equipment/supply cord is not prone to flexing or open to abuse: 5 years.
It is important to make sure you work with the relevant standards and adhere to any individual company WHS or risk management policies, as they may require different testing frequencies.