Why Lending Equipment That Isn’t Tested & Tagged Can Cost You Dearly
If you’re an employer in Melbourne, self-employed, or a person lending an electrical appliance to another person, did you know that you are legally liable for the safety of that appliance?
What does that mean for you?
Well, If an accident were to occur involving the electrical appliance, some insurance policies (including a public liability policy) may not cover the accident because of the fact that the equipment you provided failed to comply with the relevant safety laws and regulations. In a worst case scenario, that could mean the liability falls back on you.
What you can do to protect yourself and others:
In most instances covering yourself is as simple as keeping up with regular electrical testing and tagging. This refers to having your electrical appliances inspected by a competent electrician who has the required qualifications to perform such tests. He or she will make sure your equipment is free from defects or dangerous wear and tear that could lead to risks. They’ll perform a variety of technical tests to eliminate other risk factors too. For example, the likelihood of potentially deadly shocks can be assessed by testing the appliance’s insulation resistance, earth continuity and polarity.
Make sure you know your responsibilities:
Regulations in Melbourne for The Electrical Test and Tag Industry are laid out in; AS/NZS 3760:2010 (In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment document.) It is used to clarify legal standards for safety. If you want to know what exactly is included, you can read the document here.