Rationale:

Providence Christian College has a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for staff, students and visitors. This obligation includes the provision, regular testing and maintenance of safe electrical equipment.

Aims:

To provide safe electrical equipment for the use of all staff, students and visitors.

Implementation:

  • Electrical equipment, including leads and cables, will be routinely tested and tagged as required by a competent trained and qualified person to the AS/NZS 3760:2001 Electrical Safety Standard.
  • All safety switches (Residual Current Devices) will be tested by an ‘A’ grade electrician.
  • All electrical equipment, including leads and cables will be tested and tagged prior to initial use, as well as after being serviced or repaired.
  • All College notebooks and staff leased notebook computers will also be tested and tagged as required by the Standard.
  • Regular testing of equipment in areas that experience regular plugging and unplugging of equipment will form part of the College’s inspection programme.
  • Staff members will treat all electrical equipment including leads and cables with care.
  • Staff members who notice damaged, worn or abused electrical equipment must ensure that the equipment is not used, and report the incident to the Occupational Health and Safety Committee immediately.
  • The College will endeavour to ensure that cables and leads are minimised, and are appropriately fixed to walls etc. to minimise flexing and potential abuse.

Evaluation:

This policy will be reviewed by the OH&S officer as part of the College’s review cycle, or sooner should changes in the Australian Standards or other relevant information dictate