ROUTINE ELECTRICAL TESTING & MAINTENANCE
Sunshine Coast Electrician
Compliance with OH&S and Australian standards is an ongoing task for all businesses and building owners. Amos Electrical can assist with establishing procedures and programs for mandatory routine maintenance for electrical services.
Those services include:
- Emergency and exit light testing and repairs
- Test and tagging of portable appliances
- Testing of Residual Current Devices (RCD’s) (Also known as Safety Switches)
EMERGENCY & EXIT LIGHT TESTING
Emergency and exit light testing is a mandatory requirement of the Building Code of Australia and Australian standards.
Where replacement fittings are required we recommend LED fittings to reduce energy costs and decrease maintenance costs due an expected longer period of life.
The periodic intervals for testing, the procedures required and the recording of results are set out in AS/NZS 22293.2.
The tests are carried out twice yearly with procedures for the six monthly and twelve monthly tests.
There be two types of Emergency and Exit lighting Systems
- Central battery systems
- Single Point Systems
Most facilities are single point systems where the batteries are contained within each light fitting.
For single point systems the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2293.1, clause 4.2 and 4.3 requires an Emergency Lighting Test Switch be installed to facilitate the testing of Emergency Lights without necessitating disconnection of supply to the normal lighting. This requirement has been in place since 1999.
AS/NZS2293.2 details the test procedures for Emergency and Exit Light testing.
In addition to the testing of Emergency and Exit lighting, recording of the tests and maintenance carried out are a mandatory requirement of ASNZS 2293.2 Clause 1.4.2.
TESTING & TAGGING
The requirements for testing and tagging are set out in ASNZS 3760. The intervals for testing and tagging vary depending on the type of work environment and the equipment being used.
Some businesses and work places also have their own OH&S Policies relating to testing and tagging.
A summary and easy to follow guide for Testing and Tagging intervals can be found on the Electrical Safety Office of Queensland website using the following link https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/electrical-equipment-and-tools-testing-and-tagging
Amos Electrical can provide testing and tagging to meet the requirements of any workplace including records and reporting.
RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICES (RCDs)
Commonly known as Safety Switches
RCD: A Residual Current Device is a generic term covering both RCCBs and RCBOs.
An RCD, also referred to as a safety switch, is designed to prevent electrocution by detecting the leakage current, which can be far smaller (typically 5–30 milli amperes) than the currents needed to operate conventional circuit breakers or fuses (several amperes). RCDs are intended to operate within 40 milliseconds, before electric shock can drive the heart into ventricular fibrillation, the most common cause of death through electric shock. RCD’s used in domestic, commercial and industrial situations are required to operate when a maximum current leakage of 30 milli amperes is detected. While RCD’s in Body and Cardiac Protected electrical areas are required to operate when a maximum current leakage of 10 milli amperes is detected.
A summary and easy to follow guide for RCD testing intervals can be found on the Electrical Safety Office of Queensland website using the following link https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/electrical-equipment-and-tools-testing-and-tagging
Amos Electrical can provide RCD testing to meet the requirements of any workplace including records and reporting.