Electrical safety

Electrical Safety – Australian OH&S Standards

Australian Standards AS/NZ 3760:2010

The Australian & New Zealand Standard was revised & updated in January 2013 & currently stands.

The Australian & New Zealand standard covers all testing of single phase & polyphase equipment that can be connected to 240v – 415v by flexible cord.

All equipment to be tested includes equipment currently in use, to be re-sold, or hired out & includes all Residual Current Devices (RCD’S) & 3 Phase items.

Depending on the place of business and the environment which the equipment is kept, the testing intervals can be 3mths, 6mths, 12mths, 2yrs & 3-5 Years. This is outlined in Table 4 of the current AS/NZ Standard 3760:2010.

Electrical Safety – Standards


The following items are excluded from the recommendations of this Standard:

  • Fixed or “hard wired” items
  • Items at a height exceeding 2.5 metres
  • Items which need to be dismantled to establish safety of operation
  • Demonstration items, sample items or new stock in a retail or warehouse outlet

Testing Required

Under the standards, the following basic tests may be conducted on each appliance:

  • Visual inspection
  • Insulation resistance
  • Earth continuity
  • Polarity
  • Earth leakage

Electrical Safety – Regulations

AS/NZS3760 In-Service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is acknowledged Australia wide as the minimum safety obligation for the workplaces. But each of the states have their own regulations and codes of practice for testing and tagging of electrical equipment.

Refer to Safe work SA