RCD Testing

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What is a RCD?

RCD’s (Residual Current Device) also known as Safety Switches, are devices which save lives in the event of a fault or damage to an appliance or circuit out in the field. Compliant and correctly manufactured RCD’s will trip in 30 milliseconds or less after detecting a change in current flow. Without a RCD, a person who encounters an unrestricted discharge of electricity could face a life threatening shock.

Why is it important to test Safety Switches regularly?

Regularly testing of Safety Switches ensure that the device functions correctly and ensures that power is disrupted to the appliance in the appropriate time frame, protecting the person from a potential electrical hazard. 

How often should Safety Switches be tested?

According to the legislation given in AS/NZS 3760:2010, it is recommended that Safety Switches are tested every 6 months. If using a portable Safety Switch, a push button test should be performed by the operator before each use. An outline on the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations is given below for reference.

RCD testing regulations

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