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AS3760:2003 R.C.D.’s Portable type (PRCD), socket outlet type and fixed switchboard type.
Test and tagging because of what is printed in Occupational Health and Workplace Safety Acts and Electrical Safety Acts and Regulations around the Country that require “an employer to provide and maintain a safe workplace”, which includes maintaining safety in the use of electrical equipment in an attempt to prevent hazards such as electric shock and damage to property and/or livestock.
Because there is a document published on inspection and testing of electrical equipment by a reputable source, regulatory bodies that enforce State and Federal Occupational Health and Workplace Safety Acts and Electrical Safety Acts and Regulations within Australia and New Zealand, may list or encourage the use of the Standard AS/NZS 3760:2003 In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment as a minimum requirement
Regular Checking of Electrical Equipment
The Victorian Energy Safety Regulator, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), has received a number of incident reports from construction sites and other locations around Victoria where workers have suffered an electrical shock or burn while using faulty electrical tools and equipment that had a current test tag attached.
Equipment with a current test tag is not guaranteed to be safe for the remainder of the test cycle. ESV has seen many instances where the supply cord has been nicked, or the casing broken. exposing live parts to possible contact and electric shock on equipment with a current test tag fitted.
The following safety precautions should be adopted to prevent possible electrocution.
- Test and tag electrical leads, tools and equipment regularly.
- Visually inspect electrical leads, tools and equipment for damage before each use.
- Use safety switches (also called RCDs) when using electrical tools & equipment.
- Use competent people to repair damaged electrical leads tools and equipment
- Use damaged electrical leads, tools and equipment.
- Use electrical leads. tools and equipment in damp or wet conditions unless they are specially designed for use in those conditions.
- Place electrical leads in areas where they may be damaged (e.g. on the ground, through doorways and over sharp edges).
- Overload electrical circuits.
- Use modified electrical tools and equipment.
Testing of Electrical Equipment
Portable electrical equipment including flexible electrical cords needs to be regularly inspected for wear and mechanical damage and periodically tested for earth continuity and insulation resistance.
Procedures for testing of electrical leads,tools and equipment and the frequency of these tests can be found in:
- Joint Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment; and
- Joint Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3012 Electrical installations - construction and demolition sites