The following standards are important regulatory references for static 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. If you are unsure of how to apply the standard please contact:




AS/NZS 60079. Set Comprises the following:

AS/NZS 60079.0:2008 Equipment—General requirements

AS/NZS 60079.1:2007 Equipment protection by flameproof enclosures ‘d’

AS/NZS 60079.1.1:2002 Flameproof enclosures ‘d’—Method of test for ascertainment of maximum experimental safe gap

AS/NZS 60079.2:2007 Equipment protection by pressurized enclosure ‘p’

AS/NZS 60079.4:2000 Method of test for ignition temperature

AS/NZS 60079.5:2007 Equipment protection by powdered filling ‘q’

AS/NZS 60079.6:2007 Equipment protection by oil-immersion ‘o’

AS/NZS 60079.7:2006 Equipment protection by increased safety ‘e’

AS/NZS 60079.10:2004 Classification of hazardous areas (IEC 60079—10:2002 MOD)

AS/NZS 60079.11:2006 Equipment protection by intrinsic safety ‘i’

AS/NZS 60079.12:2000 Classification of mixtures of gases or vapours with air according to their maximum experimental safe gaps and minimum igniting currents

AS/NZS 60079.15:2006 Construction, test and marking of type of protection, ‘n’ electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.18:2005 Construction, test and marking of type of protection encapsulation ‘m’ electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.20:2000 Data for flammable gases and vapours, relating to the use of electrical apparatus

AS/NZS 60079.25:2004 Intrinsically safe systems

AS/NZS 60079.26:2007 Equipment with equipment protection level (EPL) Ga

AS/NZS 60079.27:2008 Explosive atmospheres—Fieldbus intrinsically safe concept (FISCO)

AS/NZS 60079.28:2007 Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation

AS/NZS 60079.29.1:2008 Explosive atmospheres—Gas detectors—Performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases

AS/NZS 60079.29.2:2008 Explosive atmospheres—Gas detectors—Selection, installation, use and maintenance of detectors for flammable gases and oxygen

AS/NZS 60079.30.1:2007 Electrical resistance trace heating—General and testing requirements

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

IEC/TS - 60079.32-1:2013 Explosive Atmospheres. Electrostatic hazards guidance 

IEC/TS - 60079.32-2 :2013 Explosive Atmospheres. Electrostatic hazards guidance. Testing of Equipment


AS/NZS 1020: 1995 The control of undesirable static

AS/NZS 3000: 2018 Australian/New Zealand wiring rules

AS/NZS 1940: 2004 (Draft 2016)The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids

AS/NZS 4761:2008: 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.