Residual Current Devices, (RCD) or safety switches are an excellent solution to prevent electrocution or electrical fires, by cutting out the electrical current when there is faulty equipment or when someone touches a live part of the electrical equipment or wire.
Although a practical safety solution for landlords and tenants their installation is governed by certain national, state and territory legislation. However, all standards regulations and legislation defines the requirement for regular testing and record keeping of the RCD’s.
NATIONAL HARMONISED WH&S LEGISLATION, APPLIES IN: NSW, QLD, ACT, WA, SA, TAS & NT
New or Modified Circuits:
A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must protect new or modified circuits with a non-portable RCD consistent with AS/NZS 3000:2007. Both the landlord and tenant have an obligation to ensure all new refurbishments are provided with RCDs either at the socket or the switchboard.
A PCBU must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that electrical risks are minimised by the use of an appropriate RCD in the following circumstances:
- Use of electrical equipment in a hostile environment (moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust);
- Where electrical equipment is moved between different locations in circumstances where damage to the equipment or to a flexible electricity supply cord is reasonably likely;
- Electrical equipment is frequently moved during its normal use; and
- Electrical equipment forms part of, or is used in connection with, an amusement device.
Construction & Demolition sites
Construction and demolition sites PCBUs must comply with the RCD requirements described in AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical installations—Construction and demolition sites.
The above defined WH&S Regulations has not been approved in Victoria and have opted to retain their own regulation and application of AS/NZS3000
SGA Property Consultancy recommend that planned proactive upgrading be carried out to all power and light circuits equal to or less than 20A in accordance with current AS/NZS 3000 as a WH&S initiative.
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