Work Health and Safety Regulations

(under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012)

Chapter 4, Part 7, Division 3

Regulation 148—Electrical equipment and electrical installations to which this Division applies

In this Division, a reference to electrical equipment or an electrical installation in relation to a person conducting a business or undertaking is a reference to electrical equipment or an electrical installation that is under the person’s management or control.

 

Regulation 149—Unsafe electrical equipment

(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that any unsafe electrical equipment at the workplace—

(a) is disconnected (or isolated) from its electricity supply; and
(b) once disconnected (or isolated)—

(i) is not reconnected until it is repaired or tested and found to be safe; or
(ii) is replaced or permanently removed from use.

    Maximum penalty:

(a) In the case of an individual—$3 600.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$18 000.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation, electrical equipment or a component of electrical equipment is unsafe if there are reasonable grounds for believing it to be unsafe.

 

Regulation 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.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$18 000.

    Expiation fee:

(a) In the case of an individual—$432.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$2 160.

(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 subregulation (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.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$18 000.

    Expiation fee:

(a) In the case of an individual—$432.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$2 160.

Note—
However, electrical equipment that is unsafe must not be used (see regulation 149).

(3) The person must ensure that a record of any testing carried out under subregulation (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.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$6 000.

    Expiation fee:

(a) In the case of an individual—$144.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$720.

(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.

151—Untested electrical equipment not to be used

 

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that electrical equipment is not used if the equipment—

(a) is required to be tested under regulation 150; and
(b) has not been tested.

    Maximum penalty:

(a) In the case of an individual—$3 600.
(b) In the case of a body corporate—$18 000.

 

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