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Testing and Tagging of Electrical Equipment

Policy

This policy outlines the Occupational Health and Safety requirements in workplaces for testing and tagging of electrical equipment.

Summary

Details

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 equivalent
  • 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 Guide
  • 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

Definitions

Competent person
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).

Relevant Legislation

Outlines the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements in workplaces for testing and tagging of electrical equipment

Reviewed 03 March 2021

Policy last updated

15 June 2020

Scope

  • Schools
  • School councils

Contact

OHS Advisory Service

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