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Calibrating for Safe and Reliable Equipment

It is recommended that employers and employees should ensure that all test equipment is calibrated at regular intervals (multimeters, PAT and RCD/LOOP testers, Insulation testers etc). This ensures that the equipment being used is safe and reliable for the wellbeing of yourself, your co-workers, and your customers using your products and services.

This recommendation is supported by the following excerpts:

  • Electrical Regulations
  • Electrical Service Technicians Handbook
  • Health and Safety in Employment Act

Electricity Regulations 1997 (SR 1997/60), Reprint as at 5 September 2005

Part 3, Prescribed electrical work and worker safety, Associated equipment
35 Responsibility of employers for safety of employees
  (1)   An employer who employs a person to carry out work referred to in regulation 17(1) or (2)(d) to (f) must take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of the employee while carrying out the work, and must take the steps described in subclauses (2) and (3) in particular.
  (2)   The employer must take all practicable steps to—
    (a) provide safe working procedures for employees to follow when carrying out the work; and
    (b) ensure that any associated equipment and personal protective equipment used by an employee is arranged, designed, made, tested, inspected, and maintained so that it is safe for the employee to use.
  .....
  (5)   The responsibilities of the employer set out in this regulation are in addition to, and do not limit, the responsibilities of the employer under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
       
36 Safety responsibilities of person who carries out work
  (1)   A person who carries out work referred to in regulation 17(1) or (2)(d) to (f) must take all practicable steps to ensure his or her safety while carrying out the work, and must take the steps described in subclause (2) in particular.
  (2)   That person must take all practicable steps,—
    (a) before beginning the work, to check that any associated equipment and personal protective equipment to be used by that person is in good order and condition, and is safe for its intended use; and
    (b) to follow the procedures approved by the employer (if any) for the work to be carried out; and
    (c) to use the associated equipment and the personal protective equipment provided in a competent manner.
  (3)   The responsibilities set out in this regulation of a person carrying out work are in addition to, and do not limit, the responsibilities of that person under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

Electrical Service Technician A Handbook, June 2006

3 Work Responsibilities

"Every person granted registration under the Act must ensure that all work is carried out in a safe and competent manner".

7 Safety

"Safety is achieved by the use of safe working practices, safe equipment, a safe approach to the job and the use of common sense at all times".

Electrical Service Technician B Handbook, June 2006

3 Work Responsibilities

"Every person granted registration under the Act must ensure that all work is carried out in a safe and competent manner".

Health And Safety In Employment Act, 1992

Part II, Duties relating to health and safety in employment
6 Employers to ensure safety of employees--
  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--
  (a)   Provide and maintain for employees a safe working environment; and
  (b)   Provide and maintain for employees while they are at work facilities for their safety and health; and
  (c)   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; and
  (d)   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--
    (i) In their place of work; or
    (ii) Near their place of work and under the employer's control; and
  (e)   Develop procedures for dealing with emergencies that may arise while employees are at work.