Welcome to “Compliance Matters” ! In June, Hazel was part of the Julie Hyde ‘Making it Count’ – Episode 19. It was an absolute honour to be part of this podcast! Julie Hyde is a leader of leaders. She’s a disruptor and a powerful people enabler who helps leaders make big things happen.
It was als a BIG Congratulations to The Lost Dogs Home in June when they passed an external audit for their Quality Management System.
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Did you know…
What is an electrical hazard?
An electrical hazard occurs when it is possible to come into contact with electricity. This can be directly through energised parts of electrical equipment, or through indirect pathways, such as conductive materials.
The main hazards associated with electrical equipment include:
- Contact with exposed live parts, which may cause electric shock and burns
- Equipment faults, which may cause fires and cause electric shock injury
- Fire or explosion, where electricity could be the source of ignition in a potentially flammable or explosive atmosphere.
Electrical inspection and testing
Employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a workplace that is safe and without risks to health. They must also provide and maintain safe systems of work for employees involved in the provision, use, inspection and maintenance of electrical equipment, including all electrical installations.
Certain types of electrical equipment must be inspected and tested by a competent person to identify damage, wear and detect electrical faults.
If you are a business or employer you must ensure that electrical equipment is inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment:
- Is supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet (‘plug in’ equipment), and
- Used in an environment in which its normal use exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span.
Most workplaces will have different testing frequencies based on their own risk and work health and safety management and planning. This will be determed by the class of work and the risks associated with the use of specified electrical equipment.
Information and guidance on general inspecting and testing of electrical equipment is included in AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment, and may also be included in the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Information and guidance on inspecting and testing of electrical equipment, specifically when used on construction and demolition sites, is included in AS/NZS 3012 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites.
AS/NZS 3760 and AS/NZS 3012 set out indicative inspection and testing intervals for electrical equipment, including residual current devices (RCDs), used in a variety of operating environments. Relevant reference on the frequency is detailed in the table below.
Source: AS/NZS 3760:2010 Table 4 Testing and Inspection Intervals for Electrical Equipment
Note that this page must be read in conjunction with AS/NZS 3760:2010 as a whole, and particularly clause 2.1
If you have any questions regarding electrical safety for your business, please contact Compliance Lab.