Higher Risk Work Environments and Electrical Tagging
Date: 06 January 2018
There are a number of important points you will need to keep in mind in relation to higher risk work environments and electrical tagging.
As you would imagine, there are numerous requirements that need to be complied with and upheld in certain situations involving high risk work environments and electrical tagging. Firstly, you must comply with the regulations AS NZS 3012-2010 electrical installations - construction and demolition sites.
As well, a person conducting a business or undertaking with management or control of electrical equipment must ensure that the electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment in high risk environments and electrical tagging is involved. They are:
Supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet (?plug in: equipment); used in an environment in which its normal use exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span.
This includes conditions that involve exposing the electrical equipment to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals.
Inspection and testing or electrical tagging requirements apply in relation to certain higher-risk workplaces, these are often referred to as ?hostile operating environments?, in which electrical equipment is exposed to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, and construction and demolition sites.
These kinds of workplaces have operating environments that have the potential to seriously affect the safe operation of electrical equipment. This includes conditions that involve exposing the electrical equipment to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals and dust. Examples of these sorts of conditions include: wet or dusty areas, outdoors, workplaces that use corrosive substances, commercial kitchens, and manufacturing environments.
Inspection and testing, including electrical tagging, of electrical equipment must be carried out more often in these higher risk workplaces and it?s important to always keep that in mind.
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