This policy outlines the Occupational Health and Safety requirements in workplaces for testing and tagging of electrical equipment.
- The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act requires the department, so far as is reasonably practicable, to provide and maintain for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.
- The principal and/or their delegate must manage the risks with electrical equipment by ensuring that all electrical equipment is tested and tagged as per the Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment Frequency and all results are added on the Electrical Equipment Register or
- Under the OHS Act 2004, employees while at work must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and the safety of others who may be affected by their actions or omissions.
- Central and regional offices provide a range of supports and services to assist principals and employees to be safe and well, including access to the OHS Advisory Service and local regional officers who can provide free advice on managing testing and tagging of electrical equipment.
- The Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment Procedure (in the Procedure tab) must be followed, and sets out the practical step-by-step instructions for implementing this policy.
- This Policy forms part of the department’s OHS Management System, refer to OHS Management System (OHSMS) Overview for further information.
The principal and/or their delegate must:
- arrange for items of electrical equipment to be tested and tagged by a competent person (i.e. a licensed electrician or an individual who has completed the nationally accredited course UEENEE026A — Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies)
- that newly purchased electrical equipment are recorded on the Electrical Equipment Register or
- arrange for testing and tagging of electrical equipment brought to the school (e.g. toasters, laminators, fans etc.)
- ensure that testing and tagging of hired or loaned electrical equipment remains current and is recorded on the Electrical Equipment Register or equivalent
- ensure double adaptors are not used in any school
- ensure extension leads comply with Australian Standards and tested in accordance with the Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment Frequency
- ensure power boards comply with Australian Standards and tested in accordance with the Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment Frequency Guide
- ensure items of electrical equipment that failed the electrical test or are deemed unsafe are isolated and tagged out as per the Equipment Isolation and Tag Out Policy
- ensure that electrical equipment identified for disposal have been identified for any potential hazards (i.e. asbestos) and disposed of according to local council requirements
A person who has acquired through training or qualification the knowledge and skills appropriate to the nature to the nature of the work to be undertaken (e.g. electrician, plumber, gas-fitter or service technician).
- Equipment Isolation and Tag Out
- OHS Management System (OHSMS) Overview
- OHS Planning
- OHS Risk Management
- Workplace Inspection
Outlines the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements in workplaces for testing and tagging of electrical equipment
Reviewed 29 April 2022