UEERL0003 - Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies

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Unit code: UEERL0003 | Study level: TAFE
UEECD0007 - Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies.It includes working safely, using portable appliance tester (PAT), identifying faults, applying tagging, arranging for repair of faulty equipment and complete testing documentation.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:
*applying appropriate tagging
*applying relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, including using risk control measures
*connecting cords and apparatus to the testing device
*dealing with unplanned events in accordance with problem-solving techniques and workplace procedures
*documenting testing activities, including workplace register
*identifying safe and unsafe cords and apparatus
*preparing to test cord connected apparatus and cord assemblies
*preparing and using the portable appliance tester (PAT)
*safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies
*tagging tested cord connected apparatus and cord assemblies and document testing activities
*using test results to determine the safety status.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*Australian Standards and Commonwealth/state/territory legislation and regulations including:

  • Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment
  • Commonwealth/state/territory WHS/OHS Acts and regulations
  • limitations of work that can be undertaken
  • codes of practice and associated guidance material
  • risk management principles
    *basic electrical testing concepts, including:
  • basic electrical circuits
  • functions of electrical circuit
  • conductors and insulators
  • basic electrical supply system
  • relationship of electrical quantities
  • effects of electrical currents
  • methods/devices used to negate or minimise electrical shock
  • PAT
  • PAT maintenance and calibration
    *electrical equipment and cord assemblies testing, including:
  • classification of electrical equipment
  • inspection of electrical equipment (visual inspections)
    *using PAT:
  • earth continuity testing
  • insulation resistance testing
  • polarity testing (extension cords and IEC cords)
    *testing and tagging documentation requirements, including:
  • risk assessment documentation
  • frequency of inspection and testing
  • tagging of equipment
  • records maintenance
    *electrical cord testing and tagging documentation requirements
    *electrical equipment and cord assemblies testing
    *electrical testing concepts
    *problem-solving techniques
    *relevant job safety assessments or risk mitigation processes
    *relevant legislation and regulations
    *relevant manufacturer specifications
    *relevant testing and tagging of portable and cord connected electrical apparatus
    *relevant WHS/OHS legislated requirements
    *relevant workplace documentation
    *relevant workplace policies and procedures.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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