Testing &Tagging The Hot New Home Based Business
Testing and tagging has now become the hot new home based business with exponential income growth in this industry predicted over the next 10 years. With the introduction of the Federal Governments harmonization work health and safety act in most states, all employers now have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for employees.
As stated in Chapter 1 Part 4.7 Division 3 of the national work health and safety act: A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that electrical equipment is regularly inspected and tested by a competent person if the electrical equipment is: (a) supplied with electricity through an electrical socket outlet; and (b) used in an environment in which the normal use of electrical equipment exposes the equipment to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the equipment or a reduction in its expected life span, including conditions that involve exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.
State and federal Governments are now getting tougher on business owners who breach health and safety regulations in the workplace as indicated by this latest news article from Victoria.
Victorian company fined $870,000
The first company in Victoria was recently convicted and fined for 'recklessly endangering a worker' and lost their appeal against its sentence. In 2010, Orbit Drilling Pty Lty pleaded guilty and was convicted and fined $750,000 over the death of 21-year-old Bradley Alford at Clonbinane.
Company director Martin Smith was also fined $120,000 after he admitted the company had breached it duty of care towards it employees.
It's an interesting case to look into, one that not only opens our eyes to the importance of safety checks and equipment in the workplace, but to the personal liability for anyone in a management position.