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Standards for Welding Equipment

Portable welding equipment should comply with electrical safety, installation and electromagnetic compatibility standards. These standards apply to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Manual Metal-Arc Welding (MMAW).  Note that in addition to the electrical safety standards listed below, there are specific standards that apply to cords, cables, plugs, sockets, outlet devices, appliance connectors and transformers associated with these products.

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS 1674.2-2007 Safety in welding and applied processes – Electrical
  • AS/NZS 3190:2009 Approval and test specification - Residual current devices (current-operated earth-leakage devices)
  • AS 60974.1-2006 Arc welding equipment - Welding power sources
  • AS 60974.6-2006 Arc welding equipment - Limited duty portable arc welding and allied process power sources
  • AS 60974.11-2005 Arc welding equipment – Electrode holders
  • AS/NZS 1995:2003 Welding cables
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules')
  • AS/NZS 60335.1:2002 Household and similar electrical apparatus - Safety - General requirements

International standards

IEC 60974-10 Ed 2.0 Arc welding equipment - Part 10: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements

Further information:

  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides a list of EMC standards for products required to be approved under the C-Tick scheme.


The information provided is not intended in any way to constitute legal advice.

Standards and associated regulation are constantly evolving – new standards and regulation are being developed and existing standards and regulation are continually updated.  Although every effort has been made to summarise the current standards and regulation relating to welding equipment, the above information may not be comprehensive.