RCD Testing

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast

Ensuring continued protection

 
 
 

What is a RCD (Residual Current Device) ? why do we need to bother ?

 

RCD Testing Brisbane  
A functional residual-current device (RCD) is literally an electrical wiring device that disconnects a circuit whenever it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. Such an imbalance may indicate current leakage through the body of a person who is grounded and accidentally touching the energized part of the circuit. A lethal shock can result from these conditions. RCDs are designed to disconnect quickly enough to prevent injury caused by such shocks. They are not intended to provide protection against overcurrent (overload) or short-circuit conditions. 
 
In Short - They Save Lives 

 


Are You Compliant ? Are your employees and clients at risk ? 


Do I Have to Comply ?

If you are a bussiness and or public access is allowed in your workplace, then YES; you must comply. Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act (1995) / Redulations 2008 it is concidered a criminal offence if you fail to Test your RCD's.

All electrical testing must be conducted in accordance with the performance specifications of AS/Nz3760: 2003.

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How Often Do I Need To Test my RCD ?
Nearly all manufactures of RCD's advise testing the RCD's using their integral test button once every month. This helps to ensure that the mechanisms which enables quick disconnection of supply isn't going to become stuck (a problem which regularly occurs near beach areas (South East Queensland).

The Australian Standard AS3760 says, for residential use, that RCD's be tested with their integral test button once every 6 months, and also the operating time be measured (with unique test devices) once every 2 years. Call us todayto arrange for testing of your safety switch.

Work places are susceptible tofar more frequent testing than residential, the frequency depends on the type of the work place.

Please refer to table below

 

 

Testing Frequency Table

Type of environment and/ or equipment 

 

Interval between inspection and tests 

Equipment including 

Class I equipment, Class II 

equipment, cord sets, cord 

extension sets and EPODs 

Residual current devices (RCDs) 

Push-button test – by user 

Operating time and push-button test 

(a) 

(b) 

Portable 

(c) 

Fixed 

(d) 

Portable 

(e) 

Fixed 

(f) 

1 Factories, 

workshops, places of 

manufacture, 

assembly, 

maintenance or 

fabrication 

6 months 

Daily, or before every use, whichever is the longer 

6 months 

12 months 

12 months 

2 Environment where 

the equipment or 

supply flexible cord 

is subject to flexing in 

normal use OR is 

open to abuse OR is 

in a hostile 

environment 

12 months 

3 months 

6 months 

12 months 

12 months 

3 Environment where 

the equipment or 

supply cord is NOT 

subject to flexing in 

normal use and is 

NOT open to abuse 

and is NOT in a 

hostile environment 

5 years 

3 months 

6 months 

2 years 

2 years 

4 Residential type 

areas of: hotels, 

residential 

institutions, motels, 

boarding houses, 

halls, hostels 

accommodation 

houses, and the like 

2 years 

6 months 

6 months 

2 years 

2 years 

5 Equipment used for 

commercial cleaning 

6 months 

Daily, or before every use, whichever is longer 

N/A 

6 months 

N/A 

6 Hire Equipment (inspection) 

Prior to Hire 

Including push-button test by hirer prior to hire 

N/A 

N/A 

6 Hire Equipment (Test and Tag) 

3 months 

N/A 

3 months 

12 months 

7 Repaired, serviced and second-hand equipment 

After repair or service which could affect electrical safety, or on reintroduction to service, refer to AS/NZS 5762 

 

 

 

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Testimonial

" Fast and effective services!!! They took the hassle away from my testing requirements; allowing me to focus on my business.”

-- Mark Johnston, Moorooka, QLD 

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