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The Legal Reasons:

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 - Current version for 13 January 2012

Chapter 4, Part 4.7
Division 3 Clause 150

150   Inspection and testing of electrical equipment


(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment is:
    (a)  supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet, and
    (b)  used in an environment in which the normal use of electrical equipment exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, including conditions that involve exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.
Maximum penalty:
    (a)  in the case of an individual—$3,600, or
    (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$18,000.

(2)  In the case of electrical equipment that is new and unused at the workplace, the person conducting the business or undertaking:
    (a)  is not required to comply with subclause (1), and
    (b)  must ensure that the equipment is inspected for obvious damage before being used.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$3,600, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$18,000.
Note. However, electrical equipment that is unsafe must not be used (see clause 149).

(3)  The person must ensure that a record of any testing carried out under subclause (1) is kept until the electrical equipment is:
    (a)  next tested, or
    (b)  permanently removed from the workplace or disposed of.
Maximum penalty:
    (a)  in the case of an individual—$1,250, or
    (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$6,000.

(4)  The record of testing:
    (a)  must specify the following:
        (i)  the name of the person who carried out the testing,
        (ii)  the date of the testing,
        (iii)  the outcome of the testing,
        (iv)  the date on which the next testing must be carried out, and
    (b)  may be in the form of a tag attached to the electrical equipment tested.

Division 5 Electrical equipment and installations and construction work—additional duties

163   Duty of person conducting business or undertaking

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that includes the carrying out of construction work must comply with AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations—Construction and demolition sites).
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.

(2)  For the purposes of subclause (1), AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations—Construction and demolition sites) applies as if any term that is defined in that Standard and that is also defined in the Act or this Regulation has the same meaning as it has in the Act or this Regulation.

(3)  If any requirement in AS/NZS 3012:2010 (Electrical installations—Construction and demolition sites) deals with the same matter as a requirement under this Part, it is sufficient that the person conducting the business or undertaking complies with the requirement in AS/NZS 3012:2010 as modified by subclause (2).


The full OH&S Regulation is free for download and review at the NSW WorkCover website. Go to Links page for more info.


We offer Compliance testing of portable appliances to Australian Standards:

AS/NZ 3760:2003

In service Safety Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment
(all places of business except construction)

AS/NZ  5761:2005

In service Safety Inspection & Testing - Second hand electrical equipment prior to sale

AS/NZ  5762:2005

In service Safety Inspection & Testing - Repaired electrical equipment

AS/NZ  3012:2003

Electrical Installations - Construction & demolition sites (all states except NSW)

and

NSW Code of Practice

for electrical Testing in Construction


to meet the WH&S Regulation 2012.



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