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This Standard specifies procedures for the safety inspection and testing of low voltage single phase and polyphase electrical equipment, connected to the electrical supply by a flexible cord or connecting device, and that

(a) Is new equipment placed into service for the first time;

(b) Is already in-service;

(c) Has been serviced or repaired;

(d) Is returning to service from a second-hand sale; or

(e) Is available for hire.

This Standard also specifies procedures for the safety inspection and testing of

(f) Residual current devices (RCDs) except those within the scope of AS/NZS 3003 and NZS 6115; and

(g) Portable inverters that generate or produce low voltage.

Typical examples of equipment covered by this Standard are:

(h) Portable equipment, hand-held equipment and stationary equipment, designed for connection to the low voltage supply by a supply cord, an appliance inlet or pins for insertion into a socket-outlet (see Figure G1);

(i) Cord sets, cord extension sets and outlet devices (also known as electrical portable outlet devices (EPODs), or power boards);

(j) Flexible cords connected to fixed equipment in hostile environments;

(k) Portable power supplies (includes power adaptor/plug-pack, both of the safety isolating transformer and switch-mode type);

(l) Battery chargers including those for commercial or industrial use;

(m) Portable and transportable heavy duty tools such as high pressure washers and concrete grinders.

This Standard applies only to equipment in-service at a place of work or public place, or offered for hire.

This Standard does not apply to electrical equipment (such as suspended light fittings), installed at a height of 2.5 m or greater above the ground, floor or platform, where there is not a reasonable chance of a person touching the equipment and, at the same time, coming into contact with earth or any conducting medium which may be in electrical contact with earth or through which a circuit may be completed to earth.

This Standard does not apply to equipment which would need to be dismantled to perform the inspection and tests specified in this Standard.

NOTE – If, for some reason outside the scope of this Standard, equipment has to be dismantled to verify safety, this action is only to be performed by a technically qualified person.

Requirements for functional checks are not included in this Standard.

This Standard does not apply to RCDs within the scope of AS/NZS 3003 or NZS 6115.

This Standard does not apply to fixed equipment (except RCDs) or stationary equipment connected to wiring that forms part of the electrical installation and hence falls within the scope of AS/NZS 3000.

This Standard does not apply to medical electrical equipment nor any equipment connected to medical electrical equipment in a medical electrical system as defined in AS/NZS 3551.

NOTE – Test and inspection requirements for this equipment are contained in AS/NZS 3551.

This Standard does not apply to portable generators, within the scope of AS/NZS 3010 or AS 2790.

This Standard does not apply to demonstration stock in retail or wholesale outlets.