Under various Work Health and Safety Acts, Electrical Safety Acts and Regulations, there is a responsibility on a person who is classified as a PCBU to “provide and maintain a safe workplace”.
A PCBU is defined as a ‘Person conducting a business or undertaking’, which is a broad term that encompasses a number of businesses such as corporations, sole traders, government departments etc.
The requirement for a PCBU is to provide and maintain a safe workplace and extends to maintaining safety in the use of electrical equipment in an attempt to prevent hazards such as electric shock and damage to property or people.
Clause 150(1) of the WHS Regulations SA 2012 states that a person conducting a business at a workplace needs to ensure that electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person.
This only requires testing and tagging of those items of electrical equipment that are supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet, and are used in an environment where there are conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span. The environments that require testing include those which expose the equipment to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.
In determining whether or not your workplace would be an area of risk it is best to undertake an assessment of your workplace to determine if it is considered a higher-risk operating environment under the WHS Regulations.
The MTA will be running an Electrical Testing and Tagging course at our Training and Employment centre on the 16 October 2019 at 3 Frederick Road, Royal Park which will provide you with the ability to test and tag equipment at your worksite. The course will be run from 9am to 5pm at a discounted cost of $195 per person for Members and $325 per person for Non-Members.
Click here to register for the course.
The table below stipulates the current time frames for equipment to be tested depending on location or use as suggested by the Australian and New Zealand Standards.