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Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council Ltd trading as EE-Oz Training Standards is the Australian Government declared Industry Skills Council for the ElectroComms and EnergyUtilities industries.     

EE-Oz Training Standards is the body responsible for developing and maintaining the National Qualifications within the National Training Packages under its coverage. These include the Electrotechnology Training Packages.     

All Training Packages are reviewed periodically. The previous unit of competency  “UEENEEP008B Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies” has been be replaced with a new version of the unit competency “UEENEEP026A Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies”  from the new Training Package UEE11.  This took effect as from the 15th March 2013 making the old unit UEENEEP008B obsolete.    

What is the difference between the two units? The new unit has a prerequisite  unit of competency “UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Codes and Practices in the workplace”.         

What does this mean to you?    Now that the new unit has been introduced, instead of just attending a one day test and tag course you will be required to complete the unit of competency UEENEEE101A as well. We provide this extra WHS unit online which takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Please be aware that any training company as from 15th March 2013 that is not delivering this extra unit for test and tag training is not providing Nationally Recognised Training and as such you may not be fully qualified. 

RESIDUAL    CURRENT DEVICES   IMPORTANT    INFORMATION

WorkCover NSW  has introduced requirements for Residual current  devices (RCDs). 

RCD's are commonly referred to as ‘safety switches’. They are an electrical safety device designed to immediately switch off the supply of  electricity when electricity leaking to earth is detected at harmful levels. RCDs offer high levels of personal protection from electric shock. Workplace fatalities can be prevented by the use of properly installed and maintained RCDs.

Requirements for residual current devices

From 1 January  2013 requirements for residual current devices (RCDs) applied to workplaces where ‘plug in’ electrical equipment (electrical equipment supplied with electricity through a socket outlet) is used in the following operating environments:

  • electrical equipment is exposed to operating conditions that are likely to result in damage to the  equipment (or a reduction in its expected life span) including  conditions that involve exposure to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical damage, corrosive chemicals or dust.
  • electrical equipment is moved between different locations in circumstances where damage to the equipment or to a flexible electricity supply cord is reasonably likely
  • electrical equipment is frequently moved during its normal use
  • electrical equipment forms part of, or is used with, an amusement device.

If electricity is supplied through a socket outlet that does not exceed 20 amps, then the RCD must have a tripping current that does not exceed 30 milliamps. This does not apply if the supply of electricity to the electrical equipment:

  • does not exceed 50 volts alternating current
  • is direct current
  • is provided through an isolating transformer that provides at least an equivalent level of protection
  • is provided from a non earthed socket outlet supplied by an isolated winding portable generator that provides at least an equivalent level of protection.

      Information about the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of non portable and portable RCDs are described in Appendix B in the code of practice Managing electrical risks at the  workplace.
      You may need to seek technical advice from a competent person about the kinds of RCDs that are appropriate for your workplace.

Testing of residual current devices

The person with Management or control of a workplace must ensure that RCDs used at a workplace are tested regularly by a competent person to ensure the devices are working effectively. A record of testing (other than daily testing) must be kept until the device is next tested or disposed of. The code of practice Managing  electrical risks at the workplace provides more information about electrical work and risk controls. 

 


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