Your questions answered: What legal obligations do we have to tag and test appliances in our workplace?

By Portner Press on August 15th, 2019
  1. Safety Management
  2. Electrical Safety

Q
Could you please direct me to the act or regulation that states that testing and tagging must be carried out in the workplace? Our company is based in NSW.
A
In New South Wales, Part 4.7 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (Regulation) deals with electrical safety in workplaces. Relevantly, regulation 150 deals with inspecting and testing of electrical equipment.

In NSW, there is an approved code of practice which deals with managing electrical safety risks. The code of practice does not replace the requirements under the work health and safety legislation and is not mandatory. However, in any prosecution for breaches of the Act or Regulations, the Court may have regard to an approved code of practice as evidence of what is known about a particular risk, risk assessment or risk control, and in determining what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances to which the code relates.

You may also find the Model Code of Practice – Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace published by Safe Work Australia useful for further guidance.

We have included links to the Regulation and the NSW approved Code of Practice and SafeWork Australia Model Code of Practice below:

Regulations: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/regulation/2017/404/chap4/part4.7

NSW approved Code of Practice: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/50230/managing-electrical-risks-code-practice-0916.pdf

SafeWork Australia Model Code of Practice: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/model-code-practice-managing-electrical-risks-workplace

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