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.
WHY TEST & TAG AT SCHOOL?
- To adhere and comply with electrical and OSH regulations, all appliances that use a plug to connect to the power supply are required to be tagged and tested.
- Testing and Tagging or PAT (or Portable Appliance Testing) services are used to ensure that electrical fittings and appliances are considered electrically safe when the equipment is available or accessible to staff or students in schools.
- Testing reduces risk to both employees and students using equipment or appliances because even though electrical accidents in schools are rare, they do happen.
- Without testing and tagging, should an accident occur with an untagged appliance, the Board of Trustees may be penalised or even be prosecuted? The Board of Trustees responsibility is to ensure that all school electrical appliances are safely maintained and harmless to use (according to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the Electricity Act 1992 and the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010).
Which School Electrical Equipment Needs Testing And Tagging?
Your school requires the following equipment is tested:
- Equipment that plugs into the (domestic) low voltage power supply
- Any portable outlet devices or power boards
- Any flexible cords connected to equipment in high-risk environments such as labs
- Portable transformers
- Battery chargers
- Any portable heavy-duty tools
- Residual current devices or equipment
What Does The MOE Require For Electrical Safety in Schools?
As a means of ensuring safety with electrical equipment and to maintain a safe school environment, you must have electrical equipment inspected and tested to Standard AS/NZS 3760:2010. AS/NZS 3760:2010 defines the requirements for performing routine inspections, testing electrical equipment, tagging tested appliances which comply with the standards, and recording the results over the piece of equipment working life.
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Who Can Test & Tag Your Schools Electrical Equipment?
Testing must be conducted by someone who is competent, using the appropriate testing equipment. But what exactly is competent? According to the NZS 3760 standard, a competent person has the necessary practical and theoretical skills acquired through training, qualifications and experience to correctly do the tasks – such as an electrician, tagging specialist or even staff or competent parents.
You can use an electrician to test electrical equipment, but it isn’t a requirement. A staff member, caretaker or even parent can test and tag – if he or she is properly trained. However, the responsibility then lies with the Board of Trustees to ensure the person receives the necessary training. As the employer, the board is considered to be the responsible person for the purposes of NZS 3760. So choose wisely.
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