Safety inspection of second hand and repaired electrical equipment revised Standards published

Issue 31 – September 2011

Two revised Standards used by electricians and electrical contractors for the safety inspection and testing of second-hand and repaired equipment have been published.

AS/NZS 5761:2011 In-service safety inspection and testing – Second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale provides a process to help sellers of second-hand electrical equipment to provide equipment that is safe to use. AS/NZS 5762 In-service safety inspection and testing – Repaired electrical equipment provides a process to help repairers of electrical equipment to confirm that the repaired equipment is safe to use.

'The revisions to AS/NZS 5761, and AS/NZS 5762 will help to assure users that electrical equipment is safe when it has been tested and marked in accordance with these Standards,' says Derek Johns, Chairman of the EL-036 committee – In-service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

'AS/NZS 5761 and AS/NZS 5762 aim to ensure that when electrical equipment re-enters service, users have confidence that the risk of harm or damage from electrical shock, mechanical injury, or electrical fire has been minimised,' says Johns.

'The revisions to AS/NZS 5761 and AS/NZS 5762 give more certainty to the industry on what the expected outcomes are from the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010. We've clarified the scope of the Standards and we've restricted the application of the Standards only to equipment that's detailed in the new appendices. These appendices also identify additional non-electrical safety items, which have to be checked before the equipment is sold or confirmed as safe to use.'

  • Buy AS/NZS 5761:2011 In-service safety inspection and testing – Second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale
  • Buy AS/NZS 5762:2011 In-service safety inspection and testing– Repaired electrical equipment

Related Standard

  • AS/NZS 3760:2010 (incorporating Amendment 1) In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment

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