What Is AS/NZS 3760?

The Standard AS/NZS 3760 “In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment” is a document that is widely used for test and tagging of portable electrical appliances.

This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee EL-036 – In-service testing of electrical equipment

Section 1.1 states “This Standard specifies procedures for the safety inspection and testing of low voltage single phase and polyphase electrical equipment, connected to the electrical supply by a flexible cord or connecting device…”  This also covers  RCD (residual current devices) testing.  In broad terms it relates to the types of appliances you plug into a power outlet.

The Standard includes;

  • Appliances covered by this Standard
  • Appliances that can be excluded from the inspection and testing regime
  • Inspection process
  • Electrical testing methodology
  • Tables detailing required electrical test readings
  • Retest intervals (indicative)
  • Actions required resulting from inspection and testing
  • Tag requirements
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Specifications for test equipment to be used

When followed correctly, these procedures satisfy the legal obligation of a workplace to ensure the safety of persons using portable electrical appliances in the workplace.

Although this document is a Standard it is not Legislation therefore must not be confused with being “the law”.

The reason this Standard is used for test and tagging purposes is because it is recognised as credible document and is a reference document for many industries, organisations etc.

When working to the Standard, consideration must also be given to local Legislations, industry codes, Code of Practice etc. The better practice should always be adopted.

The current version is AS/NZS 3760:2010

Copies can be obtained by visiting SaiGlobal or Standards New Zealand.