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 local testing and tagging for your business, workplace, building site, school or rest home – choose a 100% New Zealand owned and operated service that is conveniently located – wherever you’re based. If you’ve ever needed to know – is there a tag and test service near me, or nearby my workplace; below you’ll find a full list of nationwide Comply Guy technicians always available for testing, tagging and electrical appliance inspection.
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 »
Did you know that your workplace microwave oven could be exposing users to harmful radiation leakage? You can’t see it occurring, but invisible emissions could be leaking through the small space between the oven door and the oven enclosure whenever your microwave is turned on. In the same way, microwave radiation heats food, it can also heat body tissue…and exposure to high levels of microwaves can cause skin burns or worse still – cataracts.
Here’s how it can happen and why you need to get your commercial or office oven tested to be sure you don’t harm yourself, your employees or compromise the food quality for customers.
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…
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 »
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
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 »
As they say in the hugely popular Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’ and as the colder weather sets in we start to bring out all our heaters and electric blankets. As we use more electrical appliances, cords and multi-boards in winter we run a higher risk that one of those devices or cords, is faulty, Read the rest of this entry »
Dehumidifier safety is in the news following a number of fires, which has highlighted the need to regularly maintain your dehumidifier.
In late 2009, a young child was admitted to hospital with smoke inhalation from a dehumidifier fire.
The simplest effective thing you can do is make sure you Read the rest of this entry »
Electrical Safety Tips
Are you guilty of ignoring basic electrical safety tips like this one – overloading powerboards to within an inch of their lives and, very possibly, ours! Read the rest of this entry »