While testing and tagging is the process of inspecting, electrically testing and tagging (labelling) electrical appliances and equipment, the AS/NZS 3760:2010 Electrical Safety Regulations outline the frequency of electrical equipment testing and tagging. Learn more below about how to keep your workplace safe and compliant with the 3760 regulations.
Electrical Safety Regulations – What Is The AS NZS 3760?
The purpose of the safety regulations is to reduce the risk of electrical harm (e.g. electric shock) to employees and visitors or others who are onsite at the workplace.The 3760 is a joint Australian and New Zealand Standard that describes the in-service safety inspection, testing method and frequency of electrical appliances.
Without regular testing and tagging, staff or employees run the risk of operating defective and unsafe electrical equipment, which can cause serious or possibly even lethal injuries including electric shock and even potentially start electrical fires.
If you are the manager of a workplace, school, office, rest home or other such sites, you are responsible for the health and safety of all residents, students or employees. You are also accountable for negligence and will be subjected to a penalty if your equipment is found to be non-compliant. Learn more about NZ electrical legislation here.
At regular frequencies from every 3 months to every 5 years (dependent on the factors or considerations listed below), you should have your electrical appliances and equipment inspected, tested and tagged (labelled). This will reduce the risks associated with poor electrical equipment.
Before use in any workplace, any new or untagged appliance should be tested and tagged every:
3 Months for building sites and hire equipment,
6 Months for cleaning equipment, factories and work areas,
1 Year for gyms, public areas of rest homes, schools and all other areas not mentioned,
2 Years for residential areas of rest homes,
5 Years for some office and protected appliances (otherwise every year).
How Did The AS NZS 3760 Electrical Safety Regulations Come About?
This Safety Standard is a revision of AS/NZS 3760:2003. It specifies procedures for the safety inspection and testing of low voltage single phase and polyphase electrical equipment, which is connected to the electrical supply by a flexible cord and/or connecting device. This includes equipment that is being placed into service for the first time, is already in-service, has been serviced or repaired, is returning to service from a second-hand sale or is available for hire.
At Comply Guy, we believe work site or workplace electrical safety should be a priority for all companies, contractors or business owners. While this electrical standard is not mandatory, this priority also ensures staff safety, building and OSH compliance (in accordance with the AS/NZS 3760:2010 standards).
Contact Comply Guy nationwide on 0800 669-999 or use the online enquiry form on this page to learn more about the AS NZS 3760 safety regulations. We are here to help.