At UNSW we have a system of testing and tagging electrical equipment based on the Australian standard AS3760. The frequency of testing and tagging depends on where the equipment is located, how it is used and environmental factors. Refer to the Electrical Testing and Tagging Guideline.
All electrical equipment must be tested and tagged.
Due-by date for the return of registers: 16th October, 2020
Electrical accidents can be life threatening, so it is very important that all staff and students take care when using either power points or electrical equipment. Specifically, everyone either using or inspecting power points or electrical equipment should:
Electrical testing and tagging of appliances must be carried out by either an electrical contractor or a competent person. When organising a contractor for electrical work in your area, for example working on lights and power or testing and tagging, you must do the following:
The majority of electrical related fatalities could have been prevented by the use of a properly installed and maintained RCDs (Residual Current Device). RCDs, commonly referred to as "safety switches", are electrical safety devices designed to immediately switch off the supply of electricity when electricity leaking to earth is detected at harmful levels. RCDs offer high levels of personal protection from electric shock.
From 1 January 2013, new requirements for residual current devices (RCDs) will apply to workplaces where "plug in" electrical equipment (electrical equipment supplied with electricity through a socket outlet) is used in the following operating environments:
If electricity is supplied through a socket outlet that does not exceed 20 amps, then the RCD must have a tripping current that does not exceed 30 milliamps.
You may need to seek technical advice from a competent person about the kinds of RCDs that are appropriate for your workplace.