A revised Standard for the safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment has recently been published. ‘The revisions to AS/NZS will. 2. Joint Australian New Zealand Standard. In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment. Superseding AS/NZS A. The AS/NZS is an Australian Standard that oversees the Test and Tag industry in regards to electrical safety of portable appliances.

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Proximity voltage testers should be tested for correct operations immediately before use and again immediately after use, particularly if the test result indicates zero voltage, to confirm that the instrument is still working correctly. A physical barrier should consist of a non-conductive material such as wood or plastic or, alternatively, correctly earthed metal, and be strong enough to withstand any impact from falling objects or loose materials.

Redesigning equipment or work processes could involve designing and installing equipment that does not have energised parts near the work area.

Jobs and Small Business. I ncidents that expose a worker or any other person to a serious risk from an electric shock must be notified to the regulator and may also be notifiable separately to an electrical safety regulator. Ae duty requires eliminating electrical risks or, if that is not reasonably practicable, minimising the risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

What Is AS/NZS ? – Acme T&T

Electrical equipment may be subject to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span. Depending on the type of work and the risks involved, the following PPE should be considered: Hazards arising from electrical equipment or installations may arise from: You should also cooperate with the electrical contractor e.

The following questions will help you evaluate how well you are currently managing electrical risks in your workplace: Without regular testing and tagging, staff or employees run the risk of operating defective and unsafe electrical equipment, which can cause serious or possibly az lethal injuries including electric shock and even potentially start electrical fires.


Have you checked to ensure that your tools and accessories are insulated and have been inspected and maintained to ensure they are serviceable?

These persons may also have duties under local electrical safety laws. They rely on people behaving as expected and require a high level of supervision. PPE includes protective eyewear, insulated gloves, hard hats, aprons and breathing protection. Particular care nas be taken regarding the condition of the insulation on leads, probes and clips of test equipment.

Out of service or caution tags are used to identify electrical equipment that is not safe to use or fit for purpose. All workplaces must ensure that an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace or workers have access to an adequate number of other persons who have been trained to administer first aid.

Unrestrained tools may fall into energised switchboards and compromise the integrity including safety of the equipment. All duty holders must, so far as is reasonably practicable, consult, cooperate and coordinate activities ss each other to ensure compliance with their work health and safety duties.

The isolation should be secured by locking off and tagging the electrical equipment as follows. Residual current device RCD means a device intended to isolate supply to protected circuits, socket outlets or electrical equipment in the event of a current flow to earth that exceeds a predetermined value.

Risk assessment involves considering what could happen if someone is exposed to a hazard consequence and the likelihood of it happening. Most forms of PPE are not relevant to minimising electrical risks in workplaces, except in relation 37660 energised electrical work.

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This risk may not be initially apparent; that is, the cable cutters may not be damaged when the cable is cut. These authorities may be covered by separate electrical safety requirements. The training should be designed to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that on completion successful participants: Before any barriers are erected, a risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person to ensure the appropriate design and correct materials are used.


Officerssuch as company directors, have a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that the business or undertaking complies with the WHS Act and Regulations.

Work Health and Safety (Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace) Code of Practice

Test instruments that are to be used or connected to electrical equipment should meet the following conditions: Potential electrical hazards may be identified in a number of different ways including: Portable RCDs are generally plugged into a socket outlet and, depending on design, may protect one or more items of electrical equipment.

A person conducting a business or undertaking has the primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons at the workplace are not exposed to electrical risks arising from the business or undertaking. A code of practice applies to anyone who has a duty of care in the circumstances described in the code.

Clothing made from conductive material or containing metal threads should not be worn. Under the WHS Regulations substitution, isolation and engineering controls are ranked at the same level of protection, ahead of administrative controls and then PPE. In deciding between options for nzzs RCDs, you should consider the size of the building or site, its use, and any plans to refurbish, refit or rewire the building.

This is to prevent inadvertent use before the electrical equipment can be tested, repaired or replaced.