As a business owner, you are legally obliged to provide for a safe working environment for your workers and visitors to your premises. Safe working environment includes various aspects, prime among which is electrical safety. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2001 (OHS) clearly states that all electrical equipments in use should be regularly tested and tagged by a competent service provider to evaluate their condition and certify them as fit for use. Electrical test and tag at appropriate intervals is therefore absolutely essential if you want to fulfil your legal obligations and project yourself as a model employer.
Stringent safety measures must be followed for the entire procedure of testing and tagging as you are dealing with high voltage electricity and the wrong equipment or an untrained person can expose both himself and your employees to grave danger.
Hire the Right Person
Only a competent person who has years of experience doing similar jobs will know how to check each and every electrical component in conformity to the AS/NZS 3760:2010 for hostile environment and AS/NZS 3012:2010 for construction environment. Such a person will know how to carry out a thorough visual inspection, perform the most appropriate test for each type of equipment, interpret the results correctly and record all data for compliance with legal standards of OSH rules.
The tag should have a distinctive bright surface for easy identification from afar and must be manufactured in a manner that makes it incapable of being reused.