The Electric Cord Test and Tag Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining safety inspection and testing of electrical cords in the workplace using a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) with electronic push-button/function key testing functionality.
- Cord Set – an assembly including a plug to connect to general power outlet (GPO), a sheathed flexible cord and an appliance socket. For example a detachable power cord from a low voltage electrical appliance, computer/laptop.
- Cord Extension Set – an assembly including a plug to connect to a general power outlet (GPO), a sheathed flexible cord and a cord extension socket.
- Electric Portable Outlet Device (EPOD) – examples include power boards with multiple sockets, cable reels with multiple sockets and may be fitted with a Residual Current Device (RCD) or Surge Protection.
Refer to separate specific SWMS for Testing & Tagging of Residual Current Devices (RCD’s), and for Class 1 & 2 electrical equipment.
If ever you are unsure, seek advice from a licensed Engineer/Electrician.
Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at.
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats
- Electric Shock / Electrocution
- Manual Handling
- Slips, trips, falls
This SWMS includes:
This SWMS is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.
Ensure all cords and extension leads are uncoiled before testing.
Avoid risk of electric shock/electrocution by following the PAT’s instructions for testing.
Select the current rate on the PAT that is appropriate for the DUT, i.e. same as the current rate of the DUT.
Plug the PAT into a power outlet (GPO).
Conduct a Supply Mains Test to identify if there is a fault with the mains supply.
Continue testing if the DUT passes the initial test.
Do not continue testing if the DUT fails the initial test. Attach “Out of Service” tags and inform owner of the DUT that it cannot be used until made safe by qualified person (such as electrician).
For DUTs that pass testing:
Remove tag from the DUT if it has been inspected previously.
Apply a new tag to the DUT that includes:
- date of testing
- outcome of testing
- due date for the next inspection
- plant number or inspection number of the DUT
- licence/certificate number, printed name of the licensed electrician or trained competent person who carried out the test and filled in the tag.
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