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LEGISLATION


The Health And Safety Act 1992 states in Part 2 (5)
Employers to ensure safety of employees
Every employer shall take all practical steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work, and in particular shall take all practicable steps to
  1. Provide and maintain for employees a safe working environment; and
  2. Provide and maintain for employees while they are at work facilities for their safety and health; and
  3. Ensure that plant used by any employee at work is so arranged, designed, and maintained that it is safe for the employee to use; and
  4. Ensure that while at work employees are not exposed to hazards arising out of the arrangement, disposal, manipulation, organisation, processing, storage, transport, working ,or use of things-
    1. In their place of work; or
    2. Near their place of work and under the employers control.
Part of taking all practical steps to keep employees safe is to comply with the Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010 which states that

Electrically safe means, in relation to works, installations, fittings, appliances, and associated equipment, that there is no significant risk that a person or property will be injured or damaged by arising from the use of, or passage of electricity through, the works, installations, fittings, appliances, or associated equipment.

When fittings and appliances in use deemed to be electrically safe
  1. This regulation applies to a fitting or appliance that is in use or available for use,-
    1. By an employee or contractor of the owner of the fitting or appliance; or
    2. Under a hire or lease agreement with the owner of the fitting or appliance; or
    3. By the occupier of premises that are rented or leased from the owner of the fitting or appliance.
  2. A fitting or appliance to which this regulation applies is deemed to be electrically safe if, at the time it was first made available for use,-
    1. It has a current tag issued in accordance with AS/NZS 3760; or
    2. Is supplied with electricity through a portable RCD that-
      1. Provides protection from electric shock; and
      2. Has a current tag issued in accordance with AS/NZS 3760; or
    3. it is supplied with electricity through a circuit protected by an electrically safe
      RCD that provides protection from electric shock

AS/NZS 3760 is not the only standard stated in the electricity regulations and in certain situations other standards must be used for example AS/NZS 3012 on construction & demolition appliances or AS/NZS 3551 on medical appliances

Any accident with an untagged appliance would not only be an offence under the Electricity Safety Regulations but also under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and could result in prosecution.
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