WORKPLACE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATION 2013 REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS AND SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS
Table: Test and Tag / Safety Switch Requirements (Workplaces are divided into four categories or classes of work-site and there are certain regulations for the protection and testing of items of specified electrical equipment in each particular class).
Low Risk Environments (equipment used in a non-hostile environment):
The following examples provide an overview of the type of equipment that must be regularly inspected and all records must be kept and maintained by employers:
- computer workstations in an office, telecentre eg. faxes, printers, copiers etc;
- fixed electrical equipment; and
- stationary equipment (Mass exceeding 18kg with no carry handles)
High Risk Environments (or Harsh environment):
‘Harsh environment’ means an environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to normal use or is open to abuse or is in a harsh environment.
All electrical appliances and equipment if used in a “harsh environment” should be inspected every 3 months for construction sites and 6 months to 1 year for factory and commercial buildings. All records are then kept and maintained.
- kettles, toasters, and commercial or hand-held kitchen appliance;
- electric saws, extension leads, heaters, fans, vacuum cleaners, power boards, power tools and any type of portable equipment.
For example, if you have a computer in a hostile environment, this requires testing under the WorkCover risk assessment code.