Electrical Equipment Testing in New Zealand

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Laws have been in place for years that encourage employers to minimise the risk of electrical accidents. For organisations to meet New Zealand’s safety guidelines, all workplace appliances must be tested regularly by a provider of commercial electrical services. The 1997 Electricity Act contains a list of regulations that reinforce companies’ obligation to provide a safe work environment, and information on these regulations are listed below.

Occupational Safety and Health Regulations

Work Safe assigns employees and organisations the duty of care to ensure workplace safety. They require the maintenance of systems in a manner that prevents danger to the extent possible. Whilst testing is not mandatory, maintaining a safe work environment is—and noncompliance could form the basis for prosecution.

Equipment to be Tested

Generally, all of a workplace’s electrical items must be tested except for those listed below.

  • Suspended light fittings
  • Items that would have to be disassembled for testing
  • Items that are stationary and connected directly to the building’s wiring

Testing Criteria

Appliance testing by industrial electrical services is intended to confirm safe operation within parameters. Almost 90% of electrical faults can be detected with a visual examination, and testing equipment can find hidden issues. As workplace appliances have become more complicated, PATs (portable appliance testers) have become a widely-used testing tool.

Conducting Tests

AS/NZS 3760 requires electrical testing to be done by a competent individual, not necessarily a licensed electrician. Many organisations have concerns over the time and money spent on compliance, but hiring a company that provides electrical services in Auckland to do the testing will usually cost less than $7 per item.

Controlling the Cost of Electrical Testing

To control the cost of testing workplace electrical equipment, corporate managers should consider the expense of training staff to use testing equipment or hiring commercial electrical services. AS/NZS 3760 can help boards challenge providers who advise excessive compliance, and some organisations may be able to access bulk testing discounts through Standards New Zealand.

While most electrical equipment provides years of worry-free use, it must still be tested regularly in accordance with New Zealand law. If you own a company and need help remaining compliant with testing rules, visit our electrical experts at Oryx Electrical (oryxelectrical.co.nz).

Hiring a Professional to Handle Electrical Renovations in Auckland

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Electrical renovations in Auckland are one task a homeowner may choose to take on without calling in the professionals. Under the law, however, certain jobs require the proper authorities be notified. In addition, the homeowner may be required to prove they are competent to do the work. For this reason, many individuals choose to call on a professional and avoid these steps. Following are some reasons why you may wish to do so.

Certification Of The Work

Electrical contractors in Auckland certify any work they perform in a home. When a property owner chooses to move or rent out their residence, they must provide certification for any electrical work done. This certification must be obtained at the time the work is carried out and cannot be certified at a later date. In the event the certification is not provided, the insurance policy on the home will be invalid if a problem with the electrical system arises and damages the home in any way. An electrician in Auckland won’t certify a homeowner’s work either, even if they are called in at the time the work is done, as they don’t want to be held liable in the event something goes wrong.

Increasing The Number Of Outlets Or Upgrading The Wiring

Appliances and other electronic devices tend to be costly. Using extension cords or power strips to provide electricity to these devices can be dangerous. They can overload the system and result in damages to the devices or possibly a fire. With the help of an electrician, a homeowner can add new outlets in the home and ensure they are installed properly to prevent problems in the future and costly repairs or replacement of these appliances and devices. In certain situations, the wiring in the home needs to be upgraded. This often involves replacing the knob and tube or aluminum wiring to meet the demands of modern appliances.

Contact Oryx Electrical (www.oryxelectrical.co.nz) for help with electrical renovations or any project involving the electrical system in your home. This team of skilled and highly qualified electricians can take on any job including fault finding, electrical repairs, re-wiring and more. They offer a no-obligation consultation along with a free quote to ensure the job is done correctly and within your budget. All services are guaranteed, prompt and professional, ensuring you only need one name to call when you require help with your electrical system.