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Operational safety

Electrical products need to be operated and maintained in accordance with their operating instructions to remain safe in normal use.

Electrical product must not be used in damp or wet situations, unless it is specifically designed and tested to be able to do so safely.

Electrical product should only be used for the purpose for which it was designed and tested.


Specific requirements for Operational Safety of electrical products used by industry should be covered by adequate industry processes and procedures. These should achieve the “best practice” requirements of the “Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995” administered by The Department of Labour.

The Electricity regulations recognise that equipment that is in use or available for use is deemed safe if tested and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 3760 “In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment” standard cited in regulations.  This is mandatory on construction and demolition sites.



Where a Residual current device (RCD), fuse or circuit-breaker has operated that is connected to an electrical product, the product should be examined carefully for any damage that indicates a fault before attempting to reset or replace circuit protection.  If there is any indication of overheating (including any burning type smell), the product should not be re-energised until properly investigated.

If an attempt is made to reset a protection device and this fails, it is most likely that there is a fault with the connected equipment.  Further attempts to reset the protective device should not be made until the cause of the tripping has been found and corrected by a licensed electrical worker.  Never increase the rating of a protective device to prevent tripping until it has been confirmed that the circuit protected was genuinely underrated for the rating of appliances connected.

Repair and maintenance of domestic electrical appliances by the appliance owner can only be performed in accordance with Electrical Code of Practice (ECP) 50.  This is unless the owner performing such work is a currently licensed electrical worker.


Safe use of appliances and tools

General information and safety tips on the safe use of appliance and tools.

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Testing appliances after work completed

Any prescribed repair work that has been completed on appliances must be tested.

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Test & tag regime

Energy Safety recommends that testing and tagging should be undertaken when an electrical appliance or fitting is in use, or available for use.

Read more about Test & tag regime

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