Electrical Risk Assessment is a necessary step prior to determining a Test & Tag interval of testing
After the work area has been determined as either electrically non-hostile or hostile, a regular inspection schedule can be developed. It is recommended that regular workplace safety inspections are synchronised with the checking periods which are required for electrical equipment.
Non-hostile electrical environment This is a workplace that is dry, clean, With equipment and leads are away from danger from sharps and flexing or anything else that may result in damage to electrical equipment or the flexible supply cord. In accordance with Safe Work Australia: Code of Practice – Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace, electrical equipment used in electrically non-hostile operating environments does not require tagging. It is sufficient to visually inspect equipment and cords for damage prior to use and thereafter on a regular basis.
Hostile electrical environment This is a workplace where the equipment or appliance may be subjected to events or operating conditions which could result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected lifespan. What is a Hostile Environment? Is the electrical equipment, when used in normal operation, exposed to any of the following items that might result in damage to the equipment or reduction in its expected life span:
- Mechanical damage?
- Corrosive substances?
If ‘YES’ to any of the above, the environment is considered ‘hostile’ according to the Australian Standards AS/NZS 3760 for testing & tagging.. Just as a general guide see the table Below… It is taken from the Australian Standards AS/NZS 3760 for testing and Tagging and it forms the basis of State and Industry testing and tagging requirements. Below is a key for identifying the categories in the table and the type of environment in which they are found.
coloured text = Intervals for retesting in a hostile environment.
coloured text = Intervals for retesting in a Non hostile environment.
coloured text = Intervals for retesting for specific equipment/circumstances without regard to the environment it will be used.
|Type of environment &/or equipment||Interval between inspection & tests|
|Equipment including Class 1 equipment, Class II equipment, cord sets, cord extension sets & EPODs||Residual current devices (RCDs)|
|Push-button test – by user||Operation time&push-button test|
|Factories, workshop, places of manufacture, assembly, maintenance or fabrication.||6 months||Daily use, whichever is the longer||6 months||12 months||12 months|
|Environment where the equipment or supply flexible cord is subject to flexing in normal use OR is open to abuse OR is in a hostile environment||12 months||3 months||6 months||12 months||12 months|
|Environment where the equipment or supply cord is NOT subject to flexing in normal use & is NOT open to abuse & is NOT in ahostile environment||5 years||3 months||6 months||2 years||2 years|
|Residential type areas of: hotels, residential institutions, motels, boarding houses, halls, hostels accommodation houses & the like||2 years||6 months||6 months||2 years||2 years|
|Equipment used for commercial cleaning||6 months||Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer||N/A||6 months||N/A|
|Hire equipment||Prior to hire||Including push-button test by hirerprior to hire||N/A||N/A|
|Hire equipment – Inspection||N/A|
|Hire equipment – Test & Tag||3 months||N/A||3 months||12 months|
|Repaired, serviced & second hand equipment||After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762.|
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