The Running Man

Effective January 2016, Standards Australia has implemented new building regulations for emergency exit lightning. On the new regulation it is a requirement to include installation of a new test switch when an existing emergency/exit light is being repaired by an electrician, this is in accordance to AS2293.1

AS 2293 Emergency Lightning for Buildings

Part 1: System design, Installation and Operation

Part 2: Inspection and Maintenance

Part 3: Emergency escape luminaries and exit signs


The objective of this series of Standards is to provide all those associated with the design, construction, installation, certification and maintenance of all the individual components of an emergency escape lightning. The principal reason for this edition 2293.1 is to specify installation requirements for exit signs employing internationally accepted pictographs instead of the previously used word “EXIT”.

Installation of the pictographs are now implemented in corporate office and other business buildings, compliance to this new standard is observed and audited by the government.

What should we learn from the Swickers Factory Fire?

Photo credit to 7 news brisbane

November 6, 2016 at 7:45 am the iconic bacon factory Swickers in Kingaroy, Queensland blazed on fire. Sunday morning black smoke is seen coming out of the factory, emergency services we’re called and police advised resident to stay inside their homes and close their windows to avoid inhaling toxic chemical from the factory. The fire is under control several hours after the fire broke out.

The fire destroyed the factory’s boning room while leaving the other areas undamaged. Swickers factory have almost 600 employees and looking to hire more this coming holiday season. The management is looking forward to resume operation in a week for the undamaged areas. This is the busiest season for the factory leading to Christmas. Swickers Factory employees and families worries about their job, the company has given assistance to them.

Swickers is the biggest meat manufacturing in Queensland operating for over 50 years and it is also the biggest employer in South Burnett. It also serves local farmers/meat wholesalers who deliver the goods for the factory products. The factory is looking forward to continue on serving the local meat producers and to be back on production as soon as possible to avoid overcrowding.

We all know what happened, what started the fire so that safety officials can take steps to avoid such destruction. In the life of the employees and farmers and provide necessary steps to prevent this again from happening.

As the Halloween is approaching soon it will be pumpkin carving, costume parties and family gatherings. For Adults and mostly for kids their love for Halloween cannot be manifested in words. Probably it’s one of the best time of the year. All the neighborhood kids will be dresses as fire fighters, astronauts and kids most favorite cartoon characters. Although it’s a time of great fun and enjoyment for kids, but unfortunately some real dangers are associated with Halloween which cannot be ignored. Parents and elders while purchasing gifts for kids should take into account which Halloween toys for kids should be bought.

Possible dangers

Some of the possible dangers are discovered in some toys. Woolworths and safe way has requested a recall of LED spinning Toy known as “Halloween LED spinning wand” after discovery of its possible danger for kids. I suggest to parents and elders that do not buy this .

Two products under the recall are Halloween Pumpkin spinning LED wands and Halloween Ghost.  Across Australia, at Safeway and Woolworth stores these toys were sold. When dropped the toy usually cracked open and the button batteries were exposed that power the wands.

After ingestion of button batteries, an average of 20 kids were admitted in emergency rooms in a week. Except it some kids faced multiple surgeries, whereas deaths were also accounted due to this Halloween toy.  It’s strongly mentioned that do not buy such Halloween toys for kids.  Main reason is battery cover is not secure, it allows kids to access the small button batteries inside the toy. Sometimes children swallow these batteries causing internal burns which is the main reason of death.

Button battery issue

Globally, extensive dangers about the button batteries are written by a vast circle of people. Woolworths has announced that because of possible danger of battery exposure once the toy is dropped down it is recalling two Halloween spinning wands.  It urged customers to immediately cease the usage of product and return back to Safeway or Woolworths supermarkets for full refund. It’s also announced that do not buy this Halloween toy for your kids.

Making this Halloween more secure

Parents should not let your kids play with this toy. It’s also not safe for young children as well, because the batteries may pose a choking hazard making it insecure toy. Its recommended strongly do not buy these Halloween toys for kids. 

Halloween celebrations should be safe and secure. Kid’s safety is the main concern along with fun and enjoyment.  So these type of toys shouldn’t be allowed in markets and some checking rules should be applicable on these toys as well. Many companies are using small button batteries in their toys to make these toys attractive and cost effective to with draw the attention of people. Never compromise cost on safety. Kids are having great love and urge for toys and want to explore and gain access to each new toy.

Duties of parents

It’s the duty of parents and elders to check the toy in all aspects before handing over to kids. Except it, don’t let the elder kids to buy the toys.  Sometimes choking hazard may pose to severe health hazards. Every week in Australia, 20 children are admitted to emergency departments due to battery related incidents. Usage of button batteries should get ban and battery covers should also be strong enough in kid’s toys.

These LED spinning wands are attractively shaped either as pumpkin or as a ghost and the power source of these toys are lethal button batteries.  Except it, having an eye on children what they are putting in their mouths. Parents should have a good communication with other families as well and regarding kid safety some discussion should take place. If a toy isn’t secure one could simply type a message that do not buy this Halloween toy for your kids and circulate it to other parents in order to minimize the incidents caused by these battery operated toys.

Do not let the elder siblings to buy alone Halloween toys for kids and gifts for younger siblings, because many times elder kids are unaware of the hidden harms behind these kids. Guide the elder kids about the potential hazard of the toys to make them safer.

In situation of Fire, do you know where to go? Emergency/Exit Lights have a very vital role in all business establishment. Standards Australia and Work safe Australia printed mandates for any business establishment to fulfill the WHS rules and regulations with the fitting of emergency exit lighting in every bounded space.

Standards Australia’s update on Emergency Exit lights that the previously used word “EXIT”, should be replaced with pictographs. This is for new and redecorated buildings, fitting and maintenance of emergency exit lighting is a obligation on getting your WHS compliance certificate.

The number of Emergency/Exit Lights should be, as a rule of thumb is two in every floor, but this is dependent on the size of the building, size of the floor and how many employees are working on each floor, it may require more. Each emergency exit should be free from any obstruction and have a clear path to the exit streets at all times. This is a must!

Emergency Exit Signs should illuminated at all times, obviously glaring in the dimness as in a movie theatre. This is in compliance with AS 2293.

Making your building safe and ensuring your employee’s safety, making them feel they are safe is one security that they can depend in case of emergency, building safety culture in your workplace is a good conscious effort for business owners. Ensuring workers they will go home safe to their loved-ones, is a part of being a good employer.

If you feel you need to check your workplace for emergency exit lighting compliance, it is best to call for a certified Electrical Services Contractor to take a look and help you make sure your workplace is in compliance and your workers are safe. It can save lives and your business!


Ross Peters     – 0450 318 199

How Important Emergency/Exit Lights are?

Emergency/Exit Lights and signs are a essential for commercial buildings, big and small. Positively there are financial factors that come into play when businesses choose how to best implement emergency lighting and signs.

As stated, a lot of this is obligatory. OSHA polices things like emergency illumination in commercial buildings. For example, the exit signs must be placed in an area which highlights an unhindered exit from the building.

We should all know why we all need emergency lighting. It jumps with safety. If power outage occurs, stairs still need to stay passable, if conceivable. Emergency illumination in stairs and hallways can quiet nerves during a power outage. More prominently, emergency illumination should brighten those areas during a real emergency. Making it calmer for people to abandon the building. This is an additional reason emergency exit signs should be inside or outwardly illuminated. The latter means the sign’s light source is limited outside of the device. It’s often radiant or florescent lighting. Internal lighting means the sign’s lighting limits inside the actual sign.


Emergency/Exit Lights:

Emergency lighting is also valued to fire teams and search & rescue teams called to the scene during an emergency such as a fire.

If you are in business and have a places or space that staff or associates of the public use frequently.  Australian law states that you must have flawless emergency and exit lighting and signage showed at all times. And, if you have ever been in an emergency condition where time is of the essence. Then you will perhaps know how helpful those signs can be!

These emergency exit signs are mainly significant for great events in places that people are habitually visiting for the first time and merely won’t be familiar with the exits and withdrawal points.

Though, as with any electrical appliance, things can and do go incorrect with emergency and exit signage units… wires quarrel, light bulbs indistinct, a water leak might disturb the lighting unit and so on.

As portion of our emergency exit light service, our squad conducts over 59,000 minutes of emergency illumination and exit sign inspection each year. So our clients remain compliant and, above all, safe. If you have any apprehensions with the quality of the Emergency/Exit Lights and signage at your business buildings. If you have not had your emergency and exit illumination units tested every six months in agreement with Australian law, it’s time to do it now!

Photo Credit to Worksafe QLD

The holiday season is already here. The last two months of the year means a lot of things for business owners and their employees. For business owners they are thinking of making sure all products or services are completed before the business took a break and for workers this means a holiday off. But what we don’t know is that many fatalities and injuries occur on this festive season, Holiday Season Workplace Safety should be observed, some reasons are because many business owners are rushing to deliver the goods and services and many workers are working more than they should be.

It’s the time of the year!

According to WorkCover Queensland Customer Services Manager Barbara Martin “”People rush to get everything done before Christmas. But after a busy year they’re often already wear out and can easily lose concentration, which leads to mistakes and injuries,”

Preventable injuries like falling in a ladder, trips and slips are the common injuries they record. People tend to have the vacation mode while in a rush that’s why they are not concentrated to work and injuries or fatalities occur.

Tips for Holiday Season Workplace Safety

While deciding how to decorate your office for the holiday season, it’s significant to be watchful of possible safety threats. The same safety thoughts that relate to seasonal home decorations at home also apply in the workplace.

Fire Safety Attentions for Holiday Decor

Be watchful of possible fire hazards when choosing holiday decorations and determining where to place them. Make sensible choices about the types of holiday illuminations you use. Do not use any kind of decoration in your office that has an open blaze.

If your Christmas tree is metallic, do not put any types of lights on it at all. It’s also vital to make sure that you use holiday lights correctly. Never put staples or nails through threads of lights, power strings, or extension strings. Do not attach too many elements of lights together. If you decorate outside of your office, confirm that any lights you use are valued for exterior use. Make sure all lightened items are turned off when the office is shut so there’s no danger of a fire breaking out when the building is unattended.

It’s an upright idea to put one person in charge of this task, so there’s no misconception regarding whether or not the lights need to be checked at the end of each workday. Before starting to decorate office, it’s a good impression to verify that all of your Holiday Season Workplace Safety. Make sure that your smoke sensors are working, and confirm that the fire extinguishers are fully charge and easily available. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing this several times each year, and it makes sense to use the event of decorating for the holidays as a notice to check out your fire safety equipment.

OSHA Compliance and Holiday Season Workplace Safety

Keep all applicable OSHA in mind when determining how to decorate your workplace for the holiday. Deprived of proper preparation, holiday decorations can result in hazardous tripping threats. Think sensibly before using extension strings to connect lights or to lighten other types of decorations. Do not place any kind of decorative materials in exit passages.

If you will be holding an office holiday gathering where alcohol will be serve. it’s vital to make transport preparations for guests who should not drive. This is true whether the gathering is held at your place of business, in someone’s home, at a restaurant, or at any other location. This is important to keep colleagues and other visitors protected from drinking and driving.

Keep Your Workplace Safe During the HolidaysHoliday Season Workplace Safety

By ensuing a few modest safety tips, it’s easy to enjoy cheerful holiday decorations and events at without any damage or harm to property. When preparing to relish the holiday season, simply add workplace holiday safety insurances into the planning. You’ll be on your way to a holiday season which will be both pleasant and safe.

This year we can prevent more injuries by reminding the workers of the company rules during the holiday season. Business owners also has the responsibility to make sure Holiday Season Workplace Safety accordance to WHS law.

Happy Holidays and be safe!!

Greetings from,

QLD Compliance Solutions

Machines and other equipment’s run by electricity can be hazardous if not properly maintained. Electrical hazards can cause electrical burns and shocks might also be a cause of death. Electrical Safety at Work is very important for any company for everyone’s safety. You have to be proactive in managing all electrical risks on your workplace by keeping a safe electrical environment for your workers as a commitment and as a part of the Electrical Standards Compliance. It is a commitment of business owners to make sure that all electrical equipment and installations in the workplace are without risks to health and safety of any person.

What are electrical risks?

(Source: safeworkaustralia)

Electricity is both beneficial and risky for us, the injuries caused by electric shocks can even lead us to death. everyone should overcome these risk by specific precautionary measures.

  • Electric shock causing injury or death. The electric shock can be received by straight or unintended contact, chasing through or across a medium, or by arcing.
  • Arcing, explosion or fire causing burns. The damages are often suffered because arcing or burst or both occur when high fault currents are present
  • Electric shock from ‘step-and-touch’ potentials
  • Toxic gases causing illness or death. Burning caused by electrical equipment may release various gases and contaminants
  • Fire resulting from an electrical fault.


Handling this electrical risks is significant not just for workers but for the complete safety of the business. Electrical Safety at Work is a compulsory and you should be a compliant for you to be able to conduct or function business.

QLD Compliance Solutions provides a comprehensive electrical testing service, which includes visual testing and a detailed Electrical Test on all the appliances on your workplace. We are your one point of contact for all your WH+S compliance needs. For more details visit our website.

“Ensuring Workplace Compliance for your Business”

Electrical Safety at Work

Safety is an imperative subject everywhere, and the workplace is no different. The following tips will benefit you stay safe around electricity at work.

  • Any work done, no matter how slight or brief, should be done according to all appropriate codes and standards.
  • Before a job is starts, check electric strings for wear. Never pull, bend or twist strings, and store them loosely twisted in a dry place.
  • Never carry a tool by its string. And make sure to keep all tools, work areas and storage spaces clean and dry.
  • Personal defensive apparatus is an important in the resistance against shock or electrical burns. Make sure to keep boots, gloves and other equipment in good condition.
  • Do not overwork an outlet. Don’t use an extension string as a permanent wiring solution.
  • Don’t run a string under a mat or furniture. It may get damage or get overheat.
  • If a piece of gear gives off a slight shock, infrequent heat or odd smells, don’t use it.
  • Unwind an extension string fully before use. Make sure the amperage is suitable.
  • Protect supple strings and cables from physical damage.
  • Keep slack in supple strings to avoid tension on electrical terminals.
  • When a fuse functions or circuit breaker trips, conclude the reason before exchanging or resetting.

Electricity is a really an important part of our life, but electricity can kill too. that is why Electrical Safety at Work is very important.

Electrical injuries

Injuries occurred by electric shocks can be triggered by an extensive range of voltages but the danger of injury is normally greater with higher voltages and is reliant on upon individual conditions. Torch batteries can ignite combustible substances.

Alternating current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electrical supplies can root a range of injuries including:

  • Electric shock
  • Electrical burns
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Thermal burns

Electric shock

A voltage as low as 50 volts given between two parts of the human body causes a current to flow that can lump the electrical signals between the brain and the muscles. This may have a number of special effects including:

  • Stopping the heart beating correctly
  • Stopping the person from breathing
  • Initiating muscle spasms


The precise effect is dependent upon a large number of things counting the size of the voltage, which parts of the body are convoluted, how wet the person is, and the length of time the current flows. Electrical Safety at Work is a must thing for any company as no lives can be compromised.

Mostly holiday season starts from late November to mid-January when parties are scheduled. Families get together and travel plans sound everywhere. Some basic precautions should be considerable to ensure the Holiday season safety of your family and wishing injury free holiday season is dream of every one.  As holiday season is approaching soon, our wishes for our customers are be safe this holiday season. We suggest some tips to ensure holiday season safety. We encourage communities and families throughout the country to make safety a tradition.

Self-decorating practices

We believe on campaigns to educate the public how to avoid the electrical hazards and how they can adopt safe decorating practices . On individual basis many times people get electrical shock when they are engaged in self decorating practices. Make ensure that all the electrical appliances you are handling are in good working condition. It is critical that families should inspect holiday decorations and also follow the instructions to minimize the electrical shock and risk of fire.

Electrical safety

Holiday celebration is incomplete without decoration. For families and kids decoration is an integral part of celebration. Christmas trees, holiday lighting, seasonal décor, buying of holly these may be a part of holiday decorating plans. It does not matter which product you are using for decorating, main concern of holiday celebrations is be safe this holiday season.

It is estimated that holiday lights and decorative light with line voltage are involved in fires related to home and Christmas trees. Fire beginning with Christmas trees and holiday lighting results in civilian deaths, direct property damage and civilian injuries. We wish our customers be safe this holiday season.

Tool kits

We offer a toolkit which includes a tip sheet related to purchasing of holiday lights and along with it a checklist is also offered which determines that your holiday décor falls under nice and naught end of safety spectrum. Information is also available on cord safety, safety tips related to space heaters and tips on preparation of home for visitors are also available. Our additional offers highlight important safety devices including tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) and Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

In addition, our other packages include safety reminders, feature tips to keep communities and families safe and secure during this season. We try to ensure be safe this holiday season. Our younger audiences are our integral part, through games and animated videos we reinforce holiday safety concept to kids.

We are trying well to create awareness among drivers and motorists. Drivers should abstain the use of electronic devices while driving and motorists should pay more attention during distracted driving.  We oppose the use of electronic devices behind the wheels. Currently, no state has law that completely bans electronic devices behind the wheels. It is the only way for prevention of distracted driving crashes.

How to secure kids?

Some simple tips are enlisted that could minimize the risk of electrical injuries to kids to make sure our well known slogan “Holiday season safety” because all electrical shocks are prevent able.

  • Outlets covers create a barrier between exposed wires and people. If the outlet has broken or missing cover plate replace it immediately.
  • To protect children from shocks install tamper resistant (TR) receptacles. To cover plug slots these have special shutter and prevent little objects and fingers from going in the obstacles.
  • Kids have exploring nature, while doing so they put the new things in their mouth. Keep cords away from their mouths and hands to ensure be safe this holiday season.
  • Teach older kids how to safely plug in and unplug. By plugging in too many cords never overload the outlets. Don’t yank cords from wall when it’s time to unplug. It can be damaging to cord, appliance and the outlet. For kids we try to ensure be safe during this holiday season.
  • Electricity and water can be a lethal mix. Make sure installation of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) having a reset button in any room to protect from shock.
  • Checking of all cords is very necessary. Replace all the frayed cords. Taping won’t be a secure side from a shock. Extension cords which are for temporary usage are prone to fraying and cracking which ultimately can lead to fore or shock.

Kids are natural explorers and especially curious and get their hands on everything. They are most vulnerable to shocks. Globally, more kids ends up in the emergency department as compared to adults due to electrical injuries. Usually these kids fall in age category of less than five. Holiday season safety is a must thing to keep in mind to avoid any kind of risk.

Electricity is an integral part of our lives, which many of us today could not imagine living without. Electrical Safety Tips and guides should also be kept in mind while using electricity.

Powering our appliances and providing our lighting, heating and cooling, electricity is so important in our daily lives that it’s easy to forget that if we use incorrectly, it has the potential to injure or kill. This page provides a range of electrical safety tips for both inside and outside the home and looks at ways you can make your home or office a safer place around electricity.

Electrical Safety Tips:


Our homes depend on electricity to provide us with light, food, heating, cooling and entertainment. Many electrical accidents occur in the home and the following are the main areas of concern.



We love our appliances and our homes are full with them, from toasters and heaters to televisions and microwaves. But there are certain precautions relating to appliances that need to be taken care of to avoid the risk of electrocution.

  • Examine appliances frequently for defective or damaged plugs, switches and cords and substitute them or have them fixed immediately.
  • If you do throw them away, make sure they can’t be used by anyone else.
  • Switch off and unplug appliances before cleaning them.
  • Never poke anything into an appliance such as a toaster.
  • Never touch an appliance with wet hands.
  • Turn off appliances like air conditioners, heaters and ovens if leaving your home.
  • Make sure appliances like televisions and computer monitors that generate heat have several inches of clearance all around for good air circulation.
  • Never fold an electric blanket up to store it, as the wires may bend or break.



Cords are how we connect our appliances to the power supply and we need to handle them too with care. Safety tips for electrical cords include the following:

  • Extension strings should only be used as a momentary solution and should be placed around walls to avoid tripping, and never under mats or carpet.
  • Always remove a cord from the wall at the plug, as pulling on the cord itself is unsafe.
  • Simply use extension strings outside that are valued for outdoor use and make sure the connections are safe from the weather.
  • Fully unwind cords before use to prevent overheating.


We use so many appliances in our daily lives that a single power outlet is often not enough, but use caution when employing double adapters or power boards.

  • Always use power boards with in-built safety devices such as overload switches.
  • Check power boards regularly for signs of scorching or discolouration and replace immediately if discovered.
  • Ensure power boards have adequate ventilation to prevent overheating.
  • Always turn power boards off at the wall outlet if not in use for any length of time.


Lights may seem benign, but they are also capable of causing electrocution. we should observe the following tips when handling lights of any kind:

  • Always turn the light switch off before replacing a light bulb.
  • Never replace a light bulb or touch a light switch with wet hands.
  • Always use a light bulb with the correct wattage to prevent overheating.
  • If painting a ceiling, do not remove the plate around the light, but mask it instead.
  • If tiling around light fittings or switches, have the plates removed by a licensed electrician.


Water and electricity do not mix and special precautions should be observed in wet areas. These include the following Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Wear rubber-soled footwear when working in wet areas like the laundry.
  • Keep stereos well away from swimming pools and spas to prevent splashing.
  • Never use portable electric heaters in a bathroom.
  • In the bathroom, always unplug and safely store hair dryers and electric shavers when not in use.
  • Do not use extension cords in wet areas unless specifically designed for such use.


Electricity can be a threat outside the home as well as indoors. The main areas of concern include:


  • Before raising a ladder, putting up a boat mast or installing an antenna, look up and ensure there are no overhead power lines in the vicinity.
  • Have trees professionally trimmed near power lines and preferably plant low-growing vegetation in such locations.
  • Make sure your children know not to fly kites or climb trees near overhead power lines.
  • If you are on your roof for any reason, stay away from the power lines connecting your home to the grid.


An even greater threat than overhead power lines are wires that you can’t see at all. we should keep the following Electrical Safety Tips in mind in these circumstances:

  • Call 1100 before digging any kind of hole or trench in your backyard, as there may be underground power cables.
  • Before piercing into walls, find out where the electrical cables are, mainly around power points and light switches.


As with most dangers, the best form of protection is prevention and you can drastically reduce the risk of electrical accidents by observing these few simple rules:

  • Never attempt DIY electrical work. It is illegal and can lead to electrocution or fires. Always use a licensed electrician.
  • Replace old ceramic wire-type fuses with switch-type circuit breakers.
  • Test safety switches every three months to ensure they are in good working order.
  • Have safety switches or RCDs (Residual Current Devices) installed. In an emergency, they will cut power flow in one thousandth of a second, preventing electrocution.

While electricity does have the potential to kill, there is no reason why we can’t live safely around it. As long as we exercise common sense and teach our kids to do the same, electricity can continue to be a powerful ally in every aspect of our lives.


Safe Work Australia released the Work Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities in Australia 2015 Report. The report in general comprise of the percentage of the injuries and fatalities in workplace. Injuries at work resulted in the deaths of 195 workers in 2015.

The fatality rate is 1.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers, the 2015 report shows that the most case of fatalities are because of  vehicle collision (53 fatalities),   hitting by moving objects (14%), falls from height (13%) and  hitting by falling object (11%).

This work related fatalities also includes Contact with Electricity and fire related incidents like explosion. The object that caused most of the fatalities are road transport and other mobile plant machineries, objects that can cause harm or has the most chances of failing or going wrong should be tested and maintained on a regular basis so that we can lower this fatalities.

This report only shows that accident can happen anytime and anywhere that is why Safe Work Australia put up standards and rules that every business should comply to minimize the percentage of accidents happening on their workplace or if in case of accidents workers have the proper safety gears so that we can minimize the damage.

Work Health and Safety is a vital rule in any workplace. This is a commitment of Australian government and a commitment of business owners to be always compliant with WHS Standards.

Work Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities in Australia 2015 Report:

The newest Work Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities in Australia 2015 Report has been released by Safe Work Australia.

The report delivers facts on the number of people who have died in Australia from work-related injuries.

Safe Work Australia says the 2015 worker fatality rate of 1.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers was the lowermost since the series began in 2003.

“The report delivers statistics about people who die each year at work,” said Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter.

“This contains fatalities causing from an injury at work, and as a bystander causing from someone else’s work.”

The report shows that in 2015, 96 % of fatalities were male workers. Whereas vehicles involves in about 60 percent of work-related fatalities.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing trade (52 fatalities) or the transport, postal and warehousing trade (40 fatalities) accounted for nearly half of worker fatalities, states the report.

Safe Work Australia says newest report is based on information from numerous sources and data are continually in review. Which may alter estimates as more information comes to hand.

The Work Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Report is available on the Safe Work Australia Website.

AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies the generally observed safety inspection and maintenance standards for Australia. This includes the safety inspection testing and tagging of single and polyphase (240v – 415v) portable electrical equipment, and, machinery connected to supply by flexible cord which is currently in-service, returning to service, available for re-sale or hire.

Inspection and retesting intervals can range from daily, monthly, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years and up to 5 yearly testing schedules.

AS/NZS 3760:2010 also includes the inspection and testing specifications for RCD’s.


The following items are excluded from the recommendations of this Standard:-

  • Fixed or “hard wired” items
  • Items at a height exceeding 2.5mtrs
  • Items which need to be dismantled to establish safety of operation
  • Demonstration items, sample items or new stock in a retail or warehouse outlet


Testing Required

Under the standard, the following basic tests may be conducted on each appliance:

  • Visual inspection
  • Insulation resistance
  • Earth continuity
  • Polarity
  • Earth leakage


Record Keeping

The standard requires the following record keeping establishing the history of tests:

  • A test tag attached to each item indicating date, item, person performing the test, and status (pass/fail) of test, along with the retest date
  • An asset register and historical record of all test items and test results
  • A record of results including faulty item and repair action