Typically, commercial and industrial establishments require intricate electrical systems, equipment, and other elements to perform their business operations effectively. If the wiring or components aren’t up to AS/NZ standards, your business could be vulnerable to a number of issues, including total shutdown of operations or more seriously, fires or electrocutions. For these reasons, you, as a business owner, need to be aware of all applicable standards or at least enlist a professional who is. What Are AS/NZ Standards and how to they apply to business?
AS/NZ standards cover a variety of aspects of electrical wiring or other elements to ensure that they are safe for all who interact with them every day. Part of the standards applies strictly to installations, while another part addresses the safety testing and inspection of electrical equipment. There is also a section that applies to safe work practices when working with, near, or on low-voltage electrical equipment and installations. The three main standards that govern electrical installation and elements are as follows:
AS/NZS 3000:2018 is also known as the ‘Wiring Rules’ and covers electrical installations ranging from design to verification's of any electrical installations along with the selection of the proper equipment for such work. This standard’s goal is to protect property, livestock, and people from risk of electric shock, physical injury, hazards, and fire that may occur with improper installation of electrical wiring and elements.
AS/NZS 3760:2010 dictates procedures for the safety testing and inspection of the low-voltage poly phase and single-phase electrical equipment connected by either a device or flexible cord. Also, this standard covers the safety testing and inspection of residual current devices except those governed by AS/NZS 3003 and NZS 6115.
AS/NZS 4836:2011 mandates procedures and principles for safe organisation, work, and performance near or on low-voltage electrical equipment and installations. It covers the mitigation of hazards associated with electric shock, electrocution, arc blast, and arc flash.
Always Hire Professionals to Perform Electrical Installations and Repairs.
While you can purchase the books and information or consult with local authorities to learn all of the AS/NZ standards that commercial and industrial establishments must know for safe electrical operation of their facilities, it’s safer to rely on a professional electrical company to endure that your business complies with all regulations.
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