• Steve H
    DR 21012 AS/NZS 3760:2021 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment and RCD’s
    This standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee EL 036 – In-service testing of electrical equipment to supersede AS/NZS 3760:2010 and its Amendment No. 1 (2011) and Amendment No. 2 (2012) 12 months from the date of publication. This edition has undergone a complete revision.

    In-service testing is a necessary part of any safety programme to help ensure the safety of persons using electrical equipment in the workplace. This standard specifies in-service safety inspection and testing protocols and criteria that satisfy these obligations, and provides a cost-effective approach to safety without jeopardizing personnel safety or involving excessive equipment downtime.
    Note: In-service testing and inspection deals with the safety of electrical equipment and not just the electrical safety.

    The philosophy of the document is to provide an inspection and testing regime capable of implementation with only simple instrumentation, and performed by a person not necessarily having formal qualifications or registration, but who has the necessary practical and theoretical skills, acquired through training, qualification, experience or a combination of these, to correctly undertake the tasks prescribed by this standard.

    Closing date for comments 23/8/2021
    EL036 A/NZ Standards Committee

    Got a problem with what 3760 asks you to do to ensure the safety of electrical appliances used in your workplace- now is your opportunity to have your say.

    Download the proposed draft standard here
  • Sarah Bond
    Hi Steve,

    Please keep posting. I really appreciate your updates and insights.
  • MattD2
    Got a problem with what 3760 asks you to do to ensure the safety of electrical appliances used in your workplace- now is your opportunity to have your say.Steve H

    Never really had much of an issue with the standard itself... my issue is that any standard that is referenced by NZ regulations should be made freely and easily accessible to all.
  • Steve H
    That would be something to suggest Matt, but there are a number of other standards that are mandatory to comply with such as AS/NZS 3000, they aren't free, but totally accessible to the general public if they pay, and are freely accessible by registered electrical workers with a current practicing license.
  • Steve H
    Time is counting down if you want to comment on the proposed revision to AS/NZS 3760, the 23rd of August is the cutoff for submissions.

    Tweaks I would like to see(in bold):

    Clause In New Zealand where testing is undertaken by a third party testing provider full records including test values of all tests performed should shall be kept........In the same Clause under notes add
    (3)Copy of Current Calibration Certificate for all test equipment used shall be included in the clients copy of test results supplied under

    Appendix A.6
    The test equipment required to carry out the tests detailed in this standard should be subject to routine verification in accordance with its manufacturer's instructions, or not greater than annual intervals to ensure it is working correctly and it's accuracy is maintained

    Appendix B.1.6
    Where a person is gaining the body of knowledge and proficiency using test equipment to gain competency to test electrical appliances to this standard through attendance at a training course, this should be provided by a recognized training provider and be of not less than 16 hours total duration

    The preamble to the draft asks the question, should the maximum earth continuity value permitted in Clause be reduced from 1 ohm to .5 ohm, I believe it should not be lowered. There is unlikely to be a significant improvement in safety outcomes if it is reduced.
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