If you want to provide testing and marking as a service to others, the Electrical Safety Bureau (BSE) requires that you have both testing and labeling, as well as business knowledge. In some cases, you may need additional sales training to meet the requirements of the restricted installer license. ESO will advise you on request if you need further training. Under applicable law, you are required to upgrade the RCDs on these circuits to meet the requirements of Electrical Safety Regulations S108 and S109. After inspection and testing, a durable label must be affixed to clearly indicate the test date and the next scheduled test and inspection date. Only someone with experience, qualifications and training (i.e., competent) should test and label electrical equipment. The definition of a competent person can be found in the Electrical Safety Regulations, 2013 (Qld). Although not always mandatory, it is recommended to upgrade Community designs to protect all individual circuits that supply power to power outlets, lighting points and direct attachment handheld devices in accordance with the current requirements of AS/NZS 3000 (, section 188.8.131.52). If you are a contractor for a company and you offer tests and tags only within that company, you must still have a license to test and label. The type of work performed determines how often safety switches are tested. The following table shows the maximum interval between tests. Fixed CMDs can only be inspected by a licensed electrician and a fully licensed and insured power company.
Please note that many testing and labelling companies in Queensland are only allowed to test wearable devices. The examination of firm Community designs may be outside the scope of their licensing restrictions. To check that your installer is fully authorised to carry out these tests, please visit the Queensland Electrical Safety Office and enter their licence number. This information can be found here – Only a person deemed competent by their employer can inspect and label electrical equipment. In production workplaces, persons carrying on a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical equipment used in the workplace is not used to perform work unless it is connected to a safety switch and inspected at regular intervals by a qualified person. The regulations state that persons carrying on a business or undertaking must ensure electrical safety by inspecting and marking equipment when safety switches are not installed ( ES Regulation, S112). The following table shows the maximum interval between tests. It`s one thing to install safety switches, but remember that they need to be tested regularly to make sure they work when they need them. While it is recommended to retrofit them on the final sub-circuits in accordance with current AS/NZS 3000 requirements, this can sometimes be a costly task for older, existing plants that may not yet have a DMC for all circuits.
There are also standard testing and labeling requirements that apply to QLD, whether you only test for yourself or others. These include the colors and intervals of the test labels (also known as test frequency). The obligation to comply with the latest standard may also be triggered when electrical work (including alterations, maintenance or repairs) is carried out on older buildings, in which case RCDs must be retrofitted where they are missing. In other words, if you want to test and label equipment belonging to someone who has a different ABN number than yours in QLD, you can get a license from the Electrical Safety Bureau. In Queensland, Community Designs must be installed to protect all sockets in workshops and factories. RCDs installed in such environments must be tested every six (6) months AND all portable electrical equipment must be tested and labelled. The time required for the radioactive (and neutral) stop point to be disconnected from the DMC is measured with the tester. This is what we are looking for to determine if the DMC triggers when it is supposed to.
The result of this test is recorded and compared to the range of acceptable results. For a standard DMC of 30 mA, a travel time of 300 ms or less is classified as a PASS. If you want to test and label for someone other than yourself or your own company, there are a few extra steps in the process: The built-in trigger button test is a simple and relatively self-explanatory test. As a result, the power supply is interrupted only temporarily. However, this test cannot guarantee that the DMC will work properly, so the injection test is still necessary. The push-button test only checks whether the entire mechanical aspect of the RCD is functional, and not whether it operates at the correct fault level in the event of an electric shock. Queensland`s Electrical Safety Regulations require workplaces to have RCD (safety switch) protection and regular driving time tests to ensure these devices provide adequate protection in the event of an electrical fault. The QDL regulations specify the requirements by category of work. RCD testing requirements are in place to assist the owner or management agent in maintaining safety and compliance, these requirements are outlined in AS/NZS 3760, AS/NZS 3000 and AS/NZS 3017. According to the Electrical Safety (Diet) Regulations 2013, you, as an employer, must regularly check and test certain electrical equipment and safety switches in your workplace.
Prolux has the knowledge to perform extensive RCD testing. For the safety of your building and its occupants, call 1800 800 880 today. Equipment that does not pass the test must be immediately taken out of service and a durable label must be affixed to warn people not to use the equipment. The specified electrical equipment and safety switches shall be tested at regular intervals depending on the type of work for which they are used. For construction work, this information is available in AS/NZS 3012 Electrical Installations – Construction and Demolition Sites A tool that indicates the test and the day of the test (blue impact drill with labeling handle). The type of work performed determines how often the specified electrical equipment is tested. Specified electrical equipment is defined in section 97 of the Electrical Safety Regulations, 2013 as electrical equipment with a rated current not exceeding 20 amps*. The specified electrical equipment also includes cable extension kits and portable power outlet devices (EPODs). *For service or office work, some equipment is limited to equipment that is moved during normal use for use.
For all other work, see the Electrical Safety Regulations, 2013 and, where applicable, AS/NZS 3760 In-Service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.