Electricity can kill – Here’s how to reduce the risks

“Employers & persons in control are responsible for ensuring electrical equipment in the workplace are safe and regularly inspected, tested and maintained, ensuring a safe workplace for employees and other people who visit”.

ETS perform risk assessments, inspections and testing of your electrical assets in accordance with the various regulatory requirements that exist throughout New Zealand.

Visual Inspection Checklist

Here’s what to look for when your are inspecting your electrical appliances or equipment around the office or workshop.

  • Check for obvious external damage
  • Check defects- accessories, plugs or socket outlets
  • Check defects on connectors
  • Check supply cords
  • No exposed inner cords, external sheaths not cut abraded or damaged
  • Check cords are not tangled or exposed for tripping
  • All flexible cords are securely anchored
  • Powerboards: Indicator for ‘maximum load’ is visible & legible

How often should electrical appliances be tested?

How often should you test?

Where State Risk Assessments and regulations are not in place, Table 4 of AS/NZ 3760:2010 should be used as a guideline. See below.


How do I know when further tests are required?

The ETS data management system eDAS will give you the peace of mind that you are informed of your future testing requirements. This removes the need to remember which appliances needs to be tested, as well as providing online access to various facets of your testing plans, together with printable reports.


Table 4: Testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment

(Caution: This must be read in conjunction with AS/NZS 3760 as a whole, and particularly Clause 2.1)

Table 4: Testing and inspection intervals for electrical equipment


Testing and Inspection Table