The Occupational Health and Safety Act (rev. 2004) states: that if you are an employer, self-employed person, an employee, or any person lending a portable appliance to another person, that you have a duty of care under common law, and the OH&S Act, to ensure that the equipment/appliance is safe.
You are required by Work-Safe (OH&S) law to ensure your portable appliances are electrically safe.
Australian Standard AS/NZ3760, is used by Work-safe Victoria as a minimum safety obligation for workplaces to adhere to.
In addition, Inspection and testing must be carried out by a competent person. One who has acquired training, qualification and/or experience with the knowledge and skill to enable the task to be performed correctly.
Your current insurance policy (including your Public Liability cover) may not cover accidents on site caused by equipment that does not comply with the relevant laws and safety regulations
Under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) employers have a legal liability to provide and sustain a safe working environment which is without risks to employees’ health. This means identifying any dangers related with electrical equipment in a workplace. In the CDROM Managing Safety in Your Workplace distributed by Work-safe Victoria, it is advised that all electrical testing and tagging for all portable non hard wired appliances, leads and power boards is completed to uphold the employers duty of care under Section 21(2)(a)of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act. Worksafe Victoria has advised the Victoria Trades Hall Council that they are now “actively enforcing the standard and inspecting all types of premises to confirm introduction of minimum safety testing programs consistent with AS3760.” This standard applies to all types of electrical appliance including leads and power boards in offices, factories and so on (ie computers, microwaves, kettles, tools and even mobile phone charges) Electrical testing and tagging is an OHS Law.