Frequently asked questions
Is it necessary to have safety / rcd switches tested?
Yes, you must have all safety switches tested. Effective January 2012 and as stated under the model WHS Regulations, it is mandatory for all businesses to install and have RCD's tested on every circuit in their business and have them tested regularly every 6 months.
How often do I need to have safety / rcd switches tested?
All RCD's must undergo a trip and push button test every 12mths and have a push button test performed every 6 months (as per Australian Standard AS3760:2010). The 6 month test requires for the push button to be tested to ensure that there is tension in the spring and that the RCD cuts out the power supply to that particular circuit, if the RCD fails to trip or reset then it requires to be replaced.
How do safety / switches work?
An electric switchboard is an assembly of panels where each panel contains switches that allow electricity to be redirected from one source to another. Users are protected from electrocution by safety switches (RCD's) and Circuit Breakers by automatically shutting off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth, through a person and electrocuting them.