Testing and Tagging – The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) requires electrical equipment at
workplaces to be safe and not expose workers to hazards.
As prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (the OSH
regulations), the person having control of a workplace or access to that workplace, i.e.
employer, self-employed person, main contractor, must ensure that all portable plug-in
electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCDs) at the workplace are safe and
appropriately inspected, tested and maintained by a competent person.
The term electrical equipment is used here to describe electrical articles that are not part of a fixed electrical installation but are intended to be connected to an electricity supply (either fixed installation or generator) by a flexible cord or connecting device. Typical examples are portable, hand-operated and moveable plug-in electrical appliances, flexible extension cords and power outlet devices.
Who may test electrical equipment?
A competent person must undertake the testing of electrical equipment. This is a person who has acquired, through training, qualification or experience, or a combination of these, the knowledge and skills required to test electrical equipment competently. The testing of electrical equipment requires specific expertise and interpretation of results and, therefore, can only be carried out by appropriately qualified or trained people who are able to recognise electrical hazards or potentially unsafe conditions.
The person carrying out the tests must know what to:
look for; and
Please Find Attached link with a guide to Electrical Testing and Tagging in the workplace.