Test and Tag for NSW Construction Sites
In NSW, the construction
industry must comply with the highest standards for electrical
testing and tagging.
On construction sites
which are within the scope of NSW Workcover, tools and equipment
used for construction must be inspected, tested and tagged
for electrical safety once per month. This includes extension
cords, powerboards (EPODs) and RCDs (Residual Current Devices,
AKA 'Safety Switch').
The hostile operating
environment for electrical equipment on construction sites
means that tools and plant are likely to suffer mechanical,
moisture, chemical or other damage, and that they need to
be tested regularly to help promote their continued safe
As many construction
contracting companies are finding out, it saves time and
money having their worker's tools test and tagged before
they start on a work site, and every month while they are
on the job.
Contractors whose tools
have not been tagged are increasingly being asked to stop
work, and to remove their tools from the work site until
the tools have been inspected and tested by an independent
electrical testing provider such as Sydney Electrical Appliance
The reason for this approach
is that construction site managers are coming to understand
that under the NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act and
Regulation, they are responsible for the safety of every
worker on the site. It is simply not worth their risk to
have untested equipment on site, especially when test and
tag is so inexpensive and easily accessible.
Test and tag specialists
Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing are committed
to helping construction companies to comply with their obligations
under the amp;S Act by providing test and tag to Australian
Standard AS/NZS 3760 and providing a free test and tag reminder
service, to help companies to ensure all their equipment
is kept current.
The inspection and test
results are recorded electronically, and employers are provided
with a Test and Tag Log, which forms a part of their risk
assessment documentation. The electronic record keeping
system can be used as an effective asset management tool
for non-electrical assets as well.
This test and tag procedure
and record keeping ensures compliance with AS/NZS 3760,
and documents the employer's commitment to electrical safety
in the workplace.
To learn more about
your electrical appliance safety obligations under the amp;S
Act, click on 'Why
Test and Tag'.
Like to know more
about the testing procedure and find out how easy it can
be? Click on 'FAQ'