One of the biggest dangers in most workplaces can be the use of faulty tools or electrical equipment that can lead to serious injury or even death.
That's why having a robust system for regular tool tagging is an essential part of your legal requirement to 'take all practical steps' to maintain the safety of your employees and customers at all times.
For the past 5 years we've been providing tool tagging services to a wide range of Canterbury businesses including warehouses, factories, construction sites, builders, contractors, offices and motels/hotels.
As part of our service, all tested equipment is tagged with a unique tag number to help you with on-going tracking and identification purposes. And once testing is completed we'll go over the test results with you to provide feedback or advice on how to correct any problems identified.
If necessary, it may be possible for us to carry out testing after hours to minimise any disruption to your staff or business activities.
Many of our clients also rely on us to maintain a full electronic record of their equipment and test results and to advise them in advance of dates when equipment is due for retesting. This early notice also allows them to arrange the most convenient time for testing to avoid any unnecessary disruption to their business activity.
If you feel this additional service would be useful, we'd be happy to assess your situation and provide you with a fully-detailed quotation.
Note that while there is no legal requirement for you to keep written records of tool tagging, the Department of Labour recommends that records be kept to demonstrate how you are managing your Health and Safety responsibilities.
Some of the tests we carry out include:
• Insulation testing
• Earth circuit testing
• Continuity testing
• Functionality testing
• Run / leakage testing
• Polarity wire testing
• Testing for damage or defects on accessories, plugs, socket outlets and connectors etc
If you are not sure of your requirements regarding tool tagging or you need some advice on how to manage the process, feel free to give us a call.
We'll be happy to provide you with the correct information or to make a visit to your site to assess your situation first.
To ensure your tools and appliances are working correctly and safely, just give us a call now on (03) 423 1500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember, we can also manage all of your tagging and record keeping for you, so you remain up to date and compliant at all times.
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 Section 2 part 6 includes the following:
'Every employer shall take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work; and in particular shall take all practicable steps to—
• Provide and maintain for employees a safe working environment;
• Ensure that plant used by any employee at work is so arranged, designed, made and maintained that it is safe for the employee to use'
Fines under the Health and Safety Act 2002 for breaches of these conditions can be up to $250,000 for most offences.
However for other offences where a person's action or failure to act occurs, and they know it is likely to cause serious harm, the maximum fine is $500,000 and the maximum term of imprisonment is 2 years.