Three critical questions: Assessing risk for portable power boards

A risk assessment is required for all application of Powersafe portable power boards, no matter at a mining or construction site, or a street marketplace.

As a Business Manager or a General Site Manager, you have a ‘duty’ as the “person conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBU) to protect your business and the safety of workers and other stakeholders – be they employees, contractors engaged at your sites, or customers roaming through a street fair.

At the mention of “risk assessment”, the range of possibilities is endless, but in reality, there are three basic questions to consider when considering Powersafe products. Those questions are:

  • Is the equipment designed for the application?
  • How do you isolate the equipment or make it safe in the event of an incident?
  • Is the equipment compliant and tested?

In answer to the question one, Powersafe power boards are designed and built for Australian conditions and can be modified for site specific requirements.

In answer to question two, Powersafe boards use an isolating switch that is red for easy identification, giving an operator a safe way to isolate the power board. Also, all 3-phase power boards sold by Powersafe, can be equipped with an emergency stop, on request.

Powersafe products meet the high standards, and in many cases, exceed them. Powersafe test all their power boards as an entire unit, not just relying on individual components being tested.

Powersafe can supply a “Risk Assessment of Portable Power Distribution Boards” as a supplementary guidance tool comprehensive supplementary with your product.

This document uses AS 4801 as a guide, referencing Australian Standards and the harmonised Work Health and Safety Laws as provided under the WH&S Act 2011; its Regulations and Codes of Practice.