AS3760: What is AS/NZS 3760:2010?
AS NZS 3760 or AS3760 or AS/NZS 3760:2010 is a standard created by Standards Australia that looks after the test and tag industry. This standard oversees the testing and tagging method and frequency for electrical appliances. Its primary goal is to ensure safety and minimize electrical hazards in the workplace.
AS NZS 3760 Recommendations and Guidelines:
AS/NZS 3760:2010/ AS3760 sets out the recommendations and guidelines. The guidelines include inspection, testing intervals, record keeping, and other general procedures. The appliances must pass various measurements. Measurements like its earth continuity, insulation, polarity, and physical condition are carefully assessed. All electrical equipment from plug-in adaptors and portable safety switches are inspected. As well as computers, power tools, heaters, floor polishers, lamps, battery chargers, laminators, etc.
Once tested safe, the appliance must be tagged with a label. The label should state the date of inspection, the next testing schedule, and a tracking code. Any appliances that failed the test and tag inspection must be properly disposed of.
Australia and New Zealand enforce this standard. The other terms for it are “test and tag’ or “portable appliance testing” or “PAT”. Furthermore, the guidelines stipulate that only a “Competent” person can perform the test and tag procedure. They do not have to be an electrician but must have the required training and experience. In addition, businesses must maintain their records as part of their compliance.
Under the Work Health and Safety Legislation, portable devices must be safe and free from defects. Any accident from an equipment that failed the inspection may have legal repercussions. It is important to note while this is a national policy, each state and territory are responsible for regulating and enforcing the laws in their jurisdictions. Bear in mind that you must also comply with your State/Territory Regulator Bodies.
Anyone looking to work in the test and tagging industry must be well-informed of the updates on the AS NZS 3760 standards. Here at ATTA Training, we are happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic.