New Service - Testing and Tagging

Howie's is proud to announce that we are now able to perform Testing and Tagging of your plug-in electrical equipment and Residual Current Devices (RCDs) in accordance with the Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS3760-2010.

IT'S THE LAW... Is your business complying?

As prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health 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 plug-in electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCDs) at the workplace are safe and appropriately inspected, tested and tagged and by a competent and trained person.

Under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004), the employer has a legal obligation to ensure that the workplace and the plant at the workplace is safe and without risks to health (Section 21). This means identifying whether there are any hazards associated with electrical equipment, assessing the associated risks and taking measures to eliminate or control those risks.

WorkSafe Victoria advises that electrical safety testing and tagging for all plug-in equipment falls under the general obligations of Section 21(2)(a)of the Act. In the past, the WorkSafe has advised all employers to introduce a safety testing protocol. In some workplaces (for example all government departments) it is considered more or less mandatory that all electrical equipment be checked and "tagged" regularly.

The Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS3760-2010 - In-Service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is nationally accepted as the minimum safety protocol for the workplace, and applies to plug-in or non-fixed equipment. 

WorkSafe Victoria is now "actively enforcing the standard and inspecting all types of premises to confirm introduction of minimum safety testing programs consistent with AS/NZS 3760." The standard applies to all types of electrical equipment in offices, factories and so on (ie tools, machines, computers, even jugs and cooling fans).

What about appliances at home?

See our FAQ sheet for more details.

Statistics show that 65% of serious electrical shock accidents are caused by faulty portable equipment, flexible leads and switches. 

**The most common appliance/equipment that is identified as faulty is the 4 way powerboard**

Don't become a statistic, contact Howie's Handyman Service and organise your testing today!  

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