At Jim’s Test & Tag, we are electrical safety experts.
To ensure your building is safe, we keep up to date with all the latest RCD compliance rules. Our RCD testing team performs each test in accordance with current legislation. This means that you will have the documentation you need to prove compliance with local law.
In 2019, there have been some RCD compliance updates. Take a look at the following changes and let us know if you have any questions. We have technicians based all around New Zealand. Call us now and we will put you in touch with your local expert.
Standard Practice for Electricians
According to Master Electricians, the standard practice for electricians is about to be subject to 194 changes. What does that mean for you?
The Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000) will require individual electricians to be responsible for their own practice.
In residential installations, all sub circuits need to be RCD protected. This includes fixed electrical equipment like cooktops, hot water systems, and air-conditioners.
In commercial installations, the following rules apply:
- 30mA RCDs shall be installed on all final sub-circuits supplying lighting and socket outlets ≤ 32A. (previously 20A)
- -30mA RCDs should be installed on all final sub-circuits supplying 32A fixed wired equipment.
- 30mA RCDs shall be installed on all final sub-circuits supplying 32A fixed wired equipment that may represent an increased risk of electric shock such as environmental conditions (e.g. wet areas) and the type of electrical installation and process being conducted.
You can read more about these requirements in this comprehensive document.
When working on an electrical installation, even more RCD compliance rules apply. For example, electrical vehicles must be wired with a specific residual current device, not just plugged directly into any socket.
There are many small changes to the wiring rules that concern RCDs. For a comprehensive list of the changes, click the link above.
What happens when these rules aren’t followed?
If you’re a property owner and the electrician does not follow these installation guidelines, you may not be able to have your insurance claims approved. You might also be stopped from selling your property until your house is compliant.
If you’re worried about whether your RCD has been installed in accordance with the new rules, please contact your contractor to confirm, or organise a building inspection for an assessment.
RCD Testing Standard
When it comes to RCD testing standards, the new wiring rules don’t affect what we do. In terms of accessibility, the document does state that the RCD must be installed so that it is accessible for inspection and maintenance purposes.
When we test and inspect residual current devices, we give each client an RCD compliance certificate. With this documentation, you will be able to prove the regular maintenance of your device. This is essential in commercial buildings where you need to be compliant with OHS rules.
Contact Jim’s Test & Tag Today
If you have any questions about residual current devices, our RCD testing or any of our testing services, please get in touch with us today. Your safety cannot wait.
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