Electrical Safety Standard

Electrical Safety Standard

AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies the generally observed safety inspection and maintenance standards for Australia. This includes the safety inspection and testing of single and polyphase (240v - 415v) portable electrical equipment, and, machinery connected to supply by flexible cord which is currently in-service, returning to service, available for re-sale or hire. Inspection and testing intervals can range from daily, monthly, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years and up to 5 yearly testing schedules.

The standard also includes the inspection and testing specifications for RCD's.


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

  • Fixed or "hard wired" items
  • Items at a height exceeding 2.5mtrs
  • 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 standard, the following basic tests may be conducted on each appliance:- 

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


Record Keeping

The standard requires the following record keeping establishing the history of tests:

  • A test tag attached to each item indicating date, item, person performing the test, and status (pass/fail) of test, along with the retest date
  • An asset register and historical record of all test items and test results
  • A record of results including faulty item and repair action


Retesting Requirements

 To download a copy of the Australian Standard please click here

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