Electrical products are essential to our daily lives. They provide us with entertainment at home, help make us more productive at work and save our lives in the hospital. But if not designed properly they can also cause injury and even death.
Around 500 people are admitted to hospital in Australia each year with electric shock-related injuries. That’s why all electrical products sold in Australia must undergo electrical safety compliance testing before being made available to members of the public.
What is electrical safety compliance testing?
Electrical safety testing helps to identify products and components which do not meet stringent electrical safety and compliance standards. These products pose a risk to end users and should not be available for sale until electrical certification has been achieved.
Comtest provides a range of compliance and certification services for all types of electrical products. This ensures all products meet the requirements for supply and sale in both Australia and international markets.
We provide a range of product safety testing, including:
Ground continuity test – This test ensures there is a good connection between the power system ground and the case of the appliance.
Insulation resistance test – This measures the ohmic value of electrical insulation whilst under direct voltage. This helps ensure the device is properly insulated while under load.
Leakage current test – This measures the undesirable leakage of current as it flows across the surface of the insulation.
High voltage test – The high voltage test, sometimes called a dielectric strength or Hipot test is used to determine the effectiveness of electrical insulation. It ensures the device can be operated safely under all electrical conditions.
Creepage and clearance – To maintain safety, minimum creepage and clearance distances must be maintained. We can measure creepage and clearance for all national and international certification standards including Australian, New Zealand, EN, IEC, UL and CSA.
Why is electrical safety testing so important?
In order to protect the public, it is a legal requirement that all electrical products for sale in Australia and every other major market in the world meet stringent electrical safety standards. Safety testing prevents unsafe products from being made available for sale, thereby reducing the risk of injury or even death. Thorough testing of a product before it goes on sale can also highlight defective components and prevent costly product recalls later on.
Our product safety testing service
Comtest engineers can carry out a range of NATA accredited electrical compliance testing at our laboratory facilities in Melbourne. We have experience testing a wide variety of products including consumer electronics, household appliances, lighting, computer equipment, industrial machinery and medical equipment. For more information about each of these services please see below. Alternatively, contact us for more information about the range of services we provide.
IT Consumer Electronics
Information Technology electronic products for sale or supply in Australia must be tested for electrical safety standard AS/NZS 60950.
IT consumer electronic devices are electrical equipment that inputs, outputs, modifies, or stores and processes data. Examples of popular consumer electrical products we test include desktop computers, laptops, hard drives, monitors, keyboards, printers, iPads, tablets, and gaming consoles.
With thousands of new communication devices released on the Australian market every year and the ever-growing demand from consumers for electrical product safety, it’s no wonder that global brands and manufacturers require the services of highly-reputable testing laboratories to instil buyer confidence and meet safety regulations.
To meet Australian safety laws, all telecommunications & information technology equipment (ITE) must be tested for electrical safety to AS/NZS 60950 standard before they can be sold on the Australian marketplace.
At Comtest, we have been certifying and testing telecommunications equipment for decades and have the experience to test new technologies before hitting the market.
Examples of devices we test include Mobile smartphones, VOIP systems, LTE (4G) devices, analogue & digital handsets, PABX interfaces, modems, routers, communications cabling and more.
All general domestic electronic whitegoods for sale or supply in Australia must be safety tested to ensure conformity to AS/NZS 60335.1 and/or AS/NZS 60335.2.xx.
We test a range of electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, beauty products, swimming pool equipment, electric blankets, fridges, plus many more.
To meet Australian standards we can test your lighting products including LED, portable lamps, recessed lighting fixtures, rope and Christmas lights, and many more to AS/NZS 60598.
Our laboratory can help you meet the minimum safety requirements of AS/NZS 3820 and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing as we are an accredited testing laboratory to AS/NZS 61347 for lamp control gear such as LED light power supplies, halogen downlight step-down transformers, and other forms of lamp controlgear external to the light fitting itself. This also includes control devices such as dimmer switches and wall panels.
Our high-quality testing standards ensure that your lighting product is not susceptible to energy hazards, fire hazards, mechanical or heat hazards, radiation hazards or chemical hazards, and meets all the relevant requirements for supply or sale in Australia.
Plugs, Sockets, Power Boards & Travel Adapters
Plugs, socket-outlets, power boards and travel adapters that are to be sold or supplied in Australia must meet the requirements of the relevant electrical safety standards.
Plugs and sockets must be tested to AS/NZS 3112 and AS/NZS 3120, EPODs (Electrical Portable Outlet Devices, or power boards as they are more commonly called) must be tested to AS/NZS 3105, and travel adapters must be tested to AS/NZS 3122.
Power Supplies & Battery Chargers
Products which use a power supply, charger or adapter are classified as “Declared Items or Prescribed Items” by the Australian electrical regulators and must be tested and approved before they can be sold. Comtest can assist you with this entire approval process to get your product onto the market.
Our highly skilled technicians can test relevant standards AS/NZS 60335.2.39 for battery chargers, AS/NZS 61558.2.16 for power supplies and AS 62040.1.1 for uninterruptible power supplies.
Cords, Cabling Products & Accessories
Cords and cabling products sold or supplied in Australia must meet the requirements of the standard AS/CA S008.
Comtest’s years of performing testing on domestic and industrial transformers to AS/NZS 61558 ensures against hazards which could prevent your product from gaining compliance.
Televisions & Home Entertainment Equipment
All consumer home entertainment equipment such as TVs, stereo and hi-fi equipment, computer monitors, game consoles and other audio-visual equipment require testing to the relevant standards including AS/NZS 60065 before it can be sold or supplied in Australia.
Electric Storage Water Heaters & Tanks
Storage water heaters are deemed to be prescribed / declared electrical household type equipment and must be tested to an applicable Standard.
We are accredited to test safety standard AS/NZS 60335.2.21 for storage water heaters. As part of the testing, we can also provide the appropriate IPX4 testing.