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Save on health and safety with new self-compliance test and tag service

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
By Printing Industries

A new Printing Industries service will cut a workplace health and safety compliance cost for members by allowing them to do electrical test and tagging in-house.

Electrical test and tagging is an OHSW responsibility to ensure portable electrical appliances are regularly checked and tested and safe for use to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760 and 3012. It involves visually inspecting and electrically testing in-service electrical equipment for personal safety, a task usually carried out by an electrical contractor or specialist test and tag company.

Printing Industries National Director, Communication Technology and Creative Service, Joe Kowalewski, (right)  said the new service, available through the Association’s Better Business website (www.betterbusiness.net.au) provides a day’s training for a nominated staff member, appliance tester and associated equipment for companies to begin their own testing.

“Many companies don’t realise that testing and tagging can be conducted internally and may not require the services of an external provider,” he said. “With some basic training, internal staff can carry out testing and tagging in your own workplace to the required Australian Standard. Not only does this save costs through self-compliance, it can also be advantageous to productivity by allowing the work to be done in specific areas of a printing company at a time most suitable to production requirements.”

The training is available through Printing Industries‘ Better Business partner Tag & Test Training, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia and New Zealand and supplier to the electrical safety industry.

“Our members have available a specially discounted package of training and equipment to get them underway. In business all avenues to reduce costs have to be explored and this is one of the many services Printing Industries has that can help improve bottom-line performance,” he said.

Printing Industries will feature Tag & Test Training in its webinar program on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 1pm (AEST). Click here to register for the 30-minute webinar which will explain test and tag WHS obligations and illustrate how companies can do their own testing.

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