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Australia & NZ Standards

The following standards are important  references for static or lightning related issues and electrical equipment in a hazardous area.

Please be aware that this is not a complete list of all relevant standards. Make sure that you use the latest edition of any standard.




AS/NZS 60079. Set Comprises the following:

AS/NZS 60079.0: Equipment—General requirements

AS/NZS 60079.1: Equipment protection by flameproof enclosures ‘d’

AS/NZS 60079.1.1: Flameproof enclosures ‘d’—Method of test for ascertainment of maximum experimental safe gap

AS/NZS 60079.2: Equipment protection by pressurized enclosure ‘p’

AS/NZS 60079.4: Method of test for ignition temperature

AS/NZS 60079.5: Equipment protection by powdered filling ‘q’

AS/NZS 60079.6: Equipment protection by oil-immersion ‘o’

AS/NZS 60079.7: Equipment protection by increased safety ‘e’

AS/NZS 60079.10: Classification of hazardous areas (IEC 60079—10:2002 MOD)

AS/NZS 60079.11: Equipment protection by intrinsic safety ‘i’

AS/NZS 60079.12: Classification of mixtures of gases or vapours with air according to their maximum experimental safe gaps and minimum igniting currents

AS/NZS 60079.15: Construction, test and marking of type of protection, ‘n’ electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.18: Construction, test and marking of type of protection encapsulation ‘m’ electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.20: Data for flammable gases and vapours, relating to the use of electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.25: Intrinsically safe systems

AS/NZS 60079.26: Equipment with equipment protection level (EPL) Ga

AS/NZS 60079.27: Explosive atmospheres—Fieldbus intrinsically safe concept (FISCO)

AS/NZS 60079.28: Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation

AS/NZS 60079.29.1: Explosive atmospheres—Gas detectors—Performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases

AS/NZS 60079.29.2: Explosive atmospheres—Gas detectors—Selection, installation, use and maintenance of detectors for flammable gases and oxygen

AS/NZS 60079.30.1: Electrical resistance trace heating—General and testing requirements

AS/NZS 60079.30.2: Electrical resistance trace heating—Application guide for design, installation and maintenance (IEC 60079—30—2, Ed. 1.0 (2007) MOD)

IEC/TS - 60079.32-1: Explosive Atmospheres. Electrostatic hazards guidance 

IEC/TS - 60079.32-2 : Explosive Atmospheres. Electrostatic hazards guidance. Testing of Equipment



AS/NZS 1020:  The control of static electricity in non-hazardous areas

AS 1768: Lightning Protection

AS/NZS 3000:  Australian/New Zealand wiring rules

AS/NZS 1940: The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids

AS/NZS 4761: Competencies for working with electrical equipment for hazardous areas

AS/NZS 60089: series Mechanical Equipment for explosive atmospheres

AS/NZS 2210: Occupational protective footwear

AS/NZS 2243: Safety in Laboratories

AS/NZS 2430: Classification of hazardous areas

Australian & New Zealand Food Safety/ Code of Practice and regulation


AS/NZS 4979 Flammable and Combustible liquids – precautions against electrostatic ignition during tank vehicle loading


WHS policies and procedures including SDSs are an invaluable resource. Consult your safety policy and procedures manuals and SDSs prior to installation/maintenance or troubleshooting to ensure you are working safely.


Operator Manuals are an excellent resource for installation/maintenance or troubleshooting queries.

Safety Bulletins from SafeWork or WorkSafe are also fantastic references.

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