Electrical testing is the inspection of electrical installation and any equipment that runs on electricity. Electrical testing is compulsory for all types of businesses and workplaces, even equipment hire. Here are some frequently asked questions on electrical testing and the answers to them.
Where is it stated that electrical testing is compulsory in New Zealand?
New Zealand has the Electricity Safety Regulations 2010 that sets the legal requirements on safe use and supply of electricity in New Zealand. The Health at Work Act, on the other hand, sets the legal requirements for employers to create a safe workplace for their employees.
AS/NZS3760 is a regulation created by Standards Australia, outlining testing methods and frequency for electrical equipment. The standard was adopted by New Zealand in 1990 and has been updated several times. The last update was in 2010.
Industries also usually have their own Occupational Health and Safety programmes setting regulations on electrical infrastructures and equipment.
What are the benefits of electrical testing?
Electrical testing quickly identifies risks and hazards and promotes workplace safety. It also prevents electrical fires or equipment downtime since repairs or adjustments needed are quickly identified.
Being compliant with industry governing bodies’ standards and the Health and Safety in Employment Act lessens the employer’s risk of being prosecuted in the event of an accident.
How often must I have my workplace electrical units tested?
This will depend on the nature of your business. AS/NZS3760 states that workplaces such as factories or workshops, and any other workplace with high and frequent electricity use should get their equipment tested every six months. For workplaces where the equipment or the supply cord flexes in normal use or is used in a hostile environment, testing should be done every 12 months. For workplaces where the equipment or the cord does not normally flex, is not abused, or is not in a hostile environment, electrical testing can be done every five years.
Electrical testing keeps employees safe, prevents electrical fires, and prevents equipment downtime.