If you are an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure that employees and visitors to your workplace are safe from injury and risk to health. Under the OHS Act, AS/NZS 3760:2003, every business is required to maintain all electrical equipment and appliances to a safe standard. This means that all 'plug-in' type equipment must be regularly safety inspected, tested and maintained.
SureSafe Electrical Testing is dedicated to providing you with the best service at the most competitive prices. By implementing SureSafe Electrical Testing in your workplace you will:
Why test and tag?
The introduction of new National Occupational Health & Safety regulations relating to electrical safety ensure that all employers (including small businesses) are now fully responsible for the health, safety and welfare of employees and all others in the workplace.
Workcover now specifies that all plugged-in items including computers, monitors, photocopiers, fax machines, desk lamps, radios, heaters, power tools, mobile phone chargers, kettles, refrigerators, extension cords etc must be inspected and tested by a "competent person" on a regular basis.
Testing is required by the following State regulations:
The results of a business's non-compliance with mandatory industrial regulations in today's climate of safety consciousness and litigation may leave any business open to huge legal charges and huge legal penalties.
Additionally, it is little known fact that many business insurance contracts, such Public Liability Insurance etc, have an over-riding clause in the fine print that says that the Insurance Company is bound by their contract with the business ONLY as long as it complies with the relevant laws and safety regulations.
Apparently, as soon as that business takes one step in the wrong direction, the Insurance Company may legally be able to wipe them, and in many cases they may not have to pay up to help them pay their fines and/or negligence law suits.
Even if you are self-employed, you should also be aware that your Life Insurance cover and Income Protection Insurance cover may likewise be affected if you had an accident while some of your business's equipment were electrically-unsafe (i.e. in an illegal condition).
Documentation of every inspection and test must be maintained and be available on demand for Workcover inspection. For every business, large and small, these requirements are now mandatory and the penalties for non-compliance are heavy.
In April 2003 an employer was fined $180,000 plus costs after an employee was electrocuted.
Recent figures show, that in one year, Workcover conducted almost 50,000 workplace inspections with $5.4 million worth of fines being issued. In the case of electrical incidents, insurance companies may also refuse to pay full compensation for those companies that ignore these