While testing and tagging is the process of inspecting, electrically testing and tagging (labelling) electrical appliances and equipment, the AS/NZS 3760:2010 Electrical Safety Regulations outline the frequency of electrical equipment testing and tagging. Learn more below about how to keep your workplace safe and compliant with the 3760 regulations.
The risks of exposure to cold are higher in the elderly than in other age groups. Even a mild drop in environmental temperature can cause injury, ill-health and increased mortality risk since the elderly already have a high likelihood of reduced body temperature.
Unfortunately, environmental temperature drops are felt less by the elderly, and their ability to control and regulate body temperature is reduced. Also, elderly persons with conditions of illness and multiple medications are more vulnerable to the cold.
Because of this, as the temperatures have decreased and colder nights have become the norm during winter, the need for electrical heaters and heating systems has risen in rest homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities across New Zealand.
If you are managing an aged care facility, old people’s home or retirement village, not only must you manage the health and well-being of your residents and staff through effective heating but you also need to make sure that all of your heaters (and all electrical appliances) are tested to be safe and compliant with the range of electrical safety regulations.
Below you will learn more about how to be fully compliant with your obligations this winter and ensure that your residents and staff are kept safe.
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When you need to be confident that your employees or staff are workplace and electrically safe, having the tag and testing done locally from www.complyguy.co.nz means you have the benefit of our combined experience of Comply Guy nationwide network and our local knowledge of Christchurch and the Greater Canterbury area.
Did you know that while managing a school there are many employment health and safety considerations for the Board of Trustees to consider? And that there are also requirements to ensure that all electrical equipment is operating safely and tested regularly? In fact, if electrical equipment is not tested and tagged properly (and someone is harmed) the Board of Trustees may be responsible and could be prosecuted.
Making sure that electrical equipment is safely operating is part of the overall health and safety responsibilities for the school board. While not a complete guide to PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) & tag testing requirements in schools, read this useful overview before making any further decisions about your electrical compliance needs.
While electrical cables (AKA extension leads and multi-boards) used in the home or workplace are a convenient solution to enabling power for a range of portable tools or appliances when damaged or frayed, they can also be an electrical shock hazard & are one of the leading causes of fires here in New Zealand.
There are many ways you can reduce these electrical risks or hazards around the home or in the workplace. So to keep you, your family or even your employees safer this summer, here’s a range of electrical cable safety & protection tips from our experts at Comply Guy. Read the rest of this entry »
Whenever it is a cooler night (or day), many of us will reach for a portable heater to plug in and warm ourselves (or a room) without a second thought. However, when you are in the workplace, onsite or in an office, your first thought should always be for electrical powerboard safety. Don’t use household plugs, do use heavy duty wall plugs – and absolutely avoid using powerboards. Here’s why…
Auckland is considered one of the most business-friendly markets in the world, and as New Zealand’s largest city it also is the economic capital and has the countries largest commercial sector. With Auckland’s significant contribution to the national economy and industry (through the diverse range of businesses and workplaces) there is a huge range of Auckland employers to more than 1.5 million of our inhabitants. But as an Auckland employer, are you aware that along with the business opportunities Auckland offers, there is now also a wide range of new electrical requirements and considerations with the introduction of the new 2016 Health and Safety at Work Act?
Auckland City Business Place – YouTube
The recent introduction of the act means for employer best practice, you’ll not only need to manage the risks and review health and safety practices that could cause illness or injury but, you’re also now legally required to ensure your employees have a safe working environment.
Wellington, our capital (and the southernmost capital city in the world), is the second most populous urban area of New Zealand with a workforce in a wide range of industries , and of course a strong focus on creative and innovative businesses. The Wellington region (which also includes the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa) has bustling workplaces spread far and wide, both large and small, where you can find work as a solopreneur, grow your own web-based/digital technology company or join one of the long-established sectors such as government or finance.
The Wellington City Work Place – You Tube
But did you know that with significant April reforms in workplace legislation, if you manage or control a workplace you’ll have new duties to ensure it is safe for workers and others? The Health And Safety At Work Act 2016 requires employers at schools or rest homes, retail and industrial sites to be able to demonstrate the workplace is a safe working environment with a process to identify and understanding risks. At Comply Guy Wellington, here’s how we can help ensure your business meets these stringent new legal requirements, with minimum fuss and peace of mind with electrical tagging and testing.
Deep in the heart of the Waikato region is Hamilton City. New Zealand’s third fastest growing urban area with a rapidly developing economy, Hamilton is home to a wide range of industries with a strong primary production (dairy) and agri-manufacturing focus.
Due to the recent introduction of significant reforms in workplace legislation, Waikato regional businesses are now under new, more stringent requirements for compliance with health and safety laws. From schools to rest homes, retail or industrial sites, employers now need to be able to demonstrate the workplace is a safe working environment with a process to identify and understanding risks. Electrical tagging and testing with local Comply Guy inspectors ensure your business complies with these requirements – here’s how we can help you.
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Dunedin is the South Island’s second largest city, home to a thriving student population and the principal city of the Otago region.
With flourishing niche industries including engineering, software engineering, and biotechnology, Dunedin continues to grow the greater Otago region economically. Other locations like the resort centres of Queenstown & Wanaka also provide a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy. But in order to continue growing, these wide-ranging locations, industries and workplaces will also need to ensure that they can demonstrate a safe working environment for their employees with the introduction of new April 2016 safety laws. Your workplace needs tagging and testing to comply. Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to Christchurch – the South Island’s largest city and part of New Zealand’s third largest urban area, Canterbury. With the introduction of new workplace health and safety laws and Christchurch’s significant national contribution to agriculture, construction and industry, the region’s business and workplaces need to ensure their employees have a safe working environment. Your workplace needs tagging and testing to comply – here’s why.
Are you an employer or employee working in an environment with portable electrical appliances? Our government wants to reduce electricity-related accidents and damage to property. Did you know that if the appliances are not tagged and (PAT)tested, the appliances can be considered unsafe and it may be considered reckless in the event of an accident? Read the rest of this entry »
Construction sites. Big or small, they are everywhere in New Zealand.
Construction jobs fuel our economy. It’s the countries 6th largest industry with more than 180,000 workers in the construction sector – but shockingly in 2014, there was 5 fatalities & daily serious injuries occurring on sites across New Zealand.
While there have been significant improvements made in health and safety on-site , with 2015 now closed, let’s make sure the 2016 summer season is a cause for celebration through a reduction in these unfortunate statistics*
Test and TAG – Electrical Safety On Site
On building and construction sites, the particularly hazardous combination of (often) damp conditions and electrical power cables or flexible extension cords mean thorough precautions need to be taken to ensure workers electrical safety , protecting them from electric shock, electrocution, fires or explosions.
Here’s what you need to know.
Although testing and tagging will ensure that on-site industry related equipment (https://www.complyguy.co.nz/services/test-and-tag-for-industry/) is safe and potential faults are identified, testing alone does not ensure a safe workplace.
Testing and tagging is required every 3 months. It can detect faults not apparent from a visual inspection alone, however, it is up to users to periodically check that appliances remain in good condition between tests.
Electrical Equipment Safety
- First & foremost, an ID tag should be affixed to all onsite tools and equipment labeled with the previous inspection date and the upcoming due date for inspection.
- Always follow these guidelines to minimise risk to your health and safety when using electrical equipment on site.
- Ensure that there is allowance onsite for all equipment to be stored carefully, securely and safely.
- Workers using the equipment must be trained and competent in its use.
- Have you checked it? Prior to use, ensure you make a quick inspection of the tools you’ll be using.
- Is it working? If not, take out of service NOW if there is a fault or damage.
- Is it labelled? If it is faulty or damaged ensure you label it ‘DO NOT USE’. Keep equipment clean, dry & do not misuse or drop tools to ensure they remain in good working order.
- Is it secured? If it is faulty or damaged and labelled ‘DO NOT USE’ – keep it secure until the equipment can be examined by a competent person ( Comply Guys or other specialists).
- Is it appropriate? Sometimes the working environment is unsuitable or higher risk if using electrical tools. An air, hydraulic or hand powered tool may be more appropriate.
- Is it a flammable or explosive atmosphere? The tools you use should be designed to prevent them from causing ignition.
- Is it unplugged and switched off? Before cleaning or making adjustments, ensure the equipment is not live.
- Is it safety enabled? Your power tools should have a safety switch ensuring the motor is only activated when held in the “on position” by the operator.
And finally, if you are a tradesman taking your cords, appliances or equipment from your workshop to a construction or demolition site you must comply with AS/NZS 3012 (be electrically safe) Your equipment must be tested for electrical safety prior to use. A tag needs to be applied and records maintained of the testing. But a plumber, or another tradesman, may take their electrical tools and equipment from one construction or demolition site to another without the need for additional testing beyond the 3 monthly tests.
Have a safe & secure summer season. If you would like to know more about testing, tagging and safety on-site get in contact with the Comply Guys. We’d love to help – you can also give us a call anytime, without obligation. To contact us via email click here or you can call us on 0800 669 999 0r 021 244 8188.
*Statistics NZ Household Labour Force Survey: December 2010 Quarter
Because Health and Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident
In New Zealand, each & every year too many people are seriously injured or have fatal work-related incidents. WorkSafe (the agency responsible for enforcing the health and safety legislation) has reported that more than 300 people have died and more than 29,500 have suffered serious harm in the workplace from 2010 – 2015.
Health & safety at work considerations have historically not received the attention they deserve.
It’s time for a change.
Following the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy & various subsequent reviews (which identified our poor national health & safety record), the first major overhaul in 20 years of the Health & Safety at Work Act has occurred which will impact all New Zealand workplaces, organisations and individuals by April 2016.
Based on the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ( with modifications for New Zealand’s unique needs), the new Health & Safety at Work Act is already being introduced on a staged basis with the key regulations coming into force next year.
Since the 2012 Australian introduction of the Health & Safety Act, there has been a staggering 16% reduction in work-related deaths and the lowest reported number of work-related fatalities in 11 years. Legislators and safety representatives are hoping the raft of new measures being implemented here with the introduction of the updated Act will achieve similar improvements to overcome the poor workplace health and safety record in New Zealand.
The Health and Safety at Work Act – Who Will it Impact & How?
So just what are the key changes proposed by the Act, and what will be the likely impact of those changes in practice for your business?
Despite some noteworthy changes in the Act, for many businesses it will be “business as usual”.
• IDENTIFY & MANAGE WORKPLACE RISK MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
• IDENTIFY & MANAGE WORKPLACE HAZARDS
• CONSULT WITH WORKERS TO IDENTIFY HAZARDS
BUT, if health and safety are not part of your current workplace culture, NOW is an appropriate time to make it so – with the full implementation of the Act occurring in just 5 short months.
More onus will be placed on managers and company directors to proactively manage workplace health and safety with the implementation of the new regime, stronger penalties and a wider enforcement for non-compliance.
So you need to be aware of your obligations and responsibilities under this new legislation. Learn more about the new act here
If you’re still unsure, the existing Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force (until April 2016) and WorkSafe will issue formal guidance in early 2016, to support the overhaul of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Look after the safety of your staff and ensure you are fully compliant. Comply Guy understand the unique requirements of your business or service sector. Contact us here for questions or queries about professional, cost-effective electrical testing. We’d love to help – or give us a call on 0800 669 999 anytime, without obligation.
E-commerce & buying goods online is now hugely popular and continues to be more so. Here in New Zealand, during 2015 almost 2 million adults made purchases via the internet. We are now buying more than 18 million items online every year & electrical appliances are a firm favourite with contractors & consumers.
But how safe are they?
Yes, you can save yourself (sometimes considerable) cost as a contractor or consumer, but the price to pay can be considerably higher with illegal, non-complaint, unsafe & substandard electrical appliances or electronics that can cause electrical and fire hazards. Read the rest of this entry »
Electrical safety is a day to day issue in our lives. We learn not to put appliances in water, play with plugs and do silly things near electrical lines and we try and buy appliances that are safe.
We rely on retailers to remove any models that have faults but can we trust all retailers to keep us safe?
One of the best ways to see if an appliance is safe is to check to see and see that it has a Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), which is the tag that certifies a product as safe to sell in New Zealand and Australia.
However, very rarely a product can still slip through the regulatory process without failing the tests and being identified as being unsafe.
Knowledge is power, so Comply Guy has flagged two recalled and banned electrical appliances that were identified as unsafe the last two years
How do you ensure that your business or workplace complies with the new Health and Safety Reform Bill? Simple get it tested. No matter how big or small your business may be risk doesn’t discriminate, so it pays to get appliances professionally tested.
- Statistics don’t exaggerate and on average, 73 people each year die on the job.
- 1 in 10 people are injured on the job and around 700 die from work-related illnesses.
- This costs us $3.5 billion per year.
For all these very sensible reasons, in 2013, the government decided to get us all Working Safer’ and bring down the injury and death toll rates by 25 per cent.
The biggest change to the legislation planned is to make employers responsible for employees’ health and safety. This is another good reason why you should start getting your business in order.
“We take safety seriously. Comply Guy is here to help you make sure you are ‘safe’ under the law and that your employees are safe and sound too. We know the best way to be safe is to test all the appliances, tools, machines and electronics your staff and customers use. All our technicians and staff are fully qualified and well informed about the new Bill and the measures you need to take to ensure you comply.
Why Test and Tag?
Most electrical faults are not visible, so the only way to find them is by carrying out electrical testing with specialised equipment. Ensuring that electrical appliances in your home or workplace have up to date paperwork proving they have passed testing will keep the people you live or work with safe from the risk of electric shock or fire.
Why Comply Guy Test and Tag
- We guarantee satisfaction Our customers are important to us so if it’s not right, we will get it right-at no charge.
- We are highly qualified and experienced electrical appliance inspectors. So we know what kinds of deterioration and damage to look out for.
- We test to the highest New Zealand standard, approving appliances to NZS 3760 standards.
- All our staff are cleared by Ministry of Justice, so you get peace of mind.
- We are efficient and deliver quality results so you get value for money too.
If you wondered whether your appliances have been tagged or tested lately while you read this article, just give Comply Guy a call on 0800 669 999 and they’ll help you make sure your business is safe and sound.
Learn more about the new Health and Safety Reform bill here
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It seems that some test and tag companies are “jumping the gun” with regards to convincing clients to test and tag early.
How the test and tag scam works
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Avondale home owner Trent Page was fatally electrocuted while checking a water leak under his house. An electrician had been in the week before to install a new mains cable and had Read the rest of this entry »