Electrical Safety

Standards and Regulations

Preventative Electrical Services conducts all testing and services in accordance to the relevant Australian standards, State regulation and Work, Health & Safety regulations. Listed is a select few main standards followed in providing our services.

AS/NZS3000:2007 – Wiring rules

Sets-out the minimum electrical standards for all electrical work and services conducted.

AS/NZS3760:2010 – In-service testing of electrical equipment

This standard outlines the requirements for in-service testing, maintenance, testing frequency and record keeping of all portable apparatus, equipment connected via a flexible cord (240-415V) set that is currently in-service, returning service, on hire or for re-sale. The standard however does not include equipment above 2.5mtrs, Fixed or hard wired equipment, new to service equipment (brand new stock) and equipment that requires dismantling to be tested. The standard does also include requirements on testing RCD’s.

AS/NZS2293:1995/2005(1, 2, 3) – Locations, maintenance and inspections of emergency luminaires

This standard outlines building requirements for the location of fittings, maintenance, testing and record keeping for emergency lighting luminaires and exits signs. This standards shall be read in conjunction with the Building Code of Australia.

AS/NZS3012:2010– Electrical installation – construction and demolition sites

This standard outlines the requirements electrical constructions installations and the requirements in testing and maintaining onsite electrical services.

AS/NZS 60335.2.25:2002 – Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for microwave ovens, including combination microwave ovens

This standard outlines the requirements for testing and maintaining electrical appliances, particularly microwaves. The standards outlines the leakage maximum levels, testing standards, record keeping and microwave compliance.

AS/NZS 3003:2011 – Electrical Installations – Patient Areas

This standard outlines installation requirements for patient areas in medical practices. This includes testing procedures for RCD’s, earthing systems and cardiac and body-protected area electrical compliance.

Work, Health & Safety Regulations 2011

The new WHS regulations outline the requirements for persons running a business or undertaking in Australia. The WHS sets-out the minimum requirements of maintaining and testing electrical equipment in the workplace, whilst setting a minimum requirement of workplace safety.

Preventative Electrical Services Management Plans

Preventative Electrical Services employees are trained in quality, WHS, environmental and industrial relations management. Our team is motivated in supply a high quality output and performance for all our client base.

Our company policies also include:

  • Confined Space
  • Dress Code
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Equal Opportunity of Employment
  • First Aid
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Incident and Injury Management
  • Manual Handling
  • Mobile Phone, Internet and Social Media
  • Noise and Hearing
  • PPE
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Shift Work
  • Smoking
  • Stress and Fatigue
  • Training and Competency
  • Working at Heights and EWP
  • Workplace Consultation
  • Workplace Harassment and Bullying
  • Take 2 or 5 and SWMS

Electrical Safety Tips

Avoid piggy-back or ‘double adaptor’ connections

Overloading can occur if too many cords are connected to outlets designed for only one or two plugs. Use power boards with in-built safety devices to avoid a power outlet overload.

Turn off power outlets before unplugging

It is a good idea to always turn an outlet off before unplugging an appliance. This will reduce the chance of an electric shock.

Childproof your outlets

Use childproof plugs in electrical outlets to deter children from poking small items into them.

Get a licensed electrician to do your wiring

Call a licensed electrician if you need electrical wiring or repairs, no matter how minor the job.

Install safety switches (RCD’s)

Have safety switches installed at your meter box. The installation of safety switches will trip when excess current is detected to earth.

Look out for overhead lines

Avoid coming into contact with overhead lines. If you’re working near them, always keep a safe distance – at least 6.4 metres for wires on poles and 10 metres for wires on towers. Keep this in mind when installing antennas, picking fruit or pruning trees, and using a ladder or a metal tape measure.

Look out for underground power lines

Know the location of any underground power lines before digging at your property. Call the Dial Before You Dig national referral service on 1100.

In the event of electric shock

If you feel a tingle when you touch a water fitting, the grounding of your electrical installation could be faulty. If it’s safe to do so, shut off the power at the main switch (usually found in the meter box) and call a licensed electrician to investigate.

If you go to help someone who’s receiving an electric shock, turn off the power at the main switch first. If the current can’t be turned off, use a non-conducting object, such as a broom, chair, rug or rubber doormat to push the person away from the source of the current.

If possible, stand on something dry that doesn’t conduct electricity, such as a rubber mat or folded newspapers.

Call 000 for emergency assistance and stay with the person until help arrives.