Portable RCD Testing

The new WHS Code of Practice for Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace states;

“A person with management or control of a workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that residual current devices used at the workplace are tested regularly by a competent person to ensure the devices are working effectively.”

A Portable RCD (Residual Current Device) is an electrical safety device used as part of the risk management process to protect yourself and your employees from serious injuries, electrical shock or worse, electrocution.  An RCD is 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.

Portable RCD’s are typically used where the need for multiple outlets are required (eg; construction sites) and the hand held equipment used is moved often. Common examples of electrical equipment requiring a portable RCD include: 

  • hand-held electrical equipment, for example drills, saws, hair dryers, curling wands and electric knives 
  • electrical equipment that is moved while in operation, including jackhammers, electric lawn mowers, floor polishers and extension cords 
  • electrical equipment that is moved between jobs in ways that could result in damage to the equipment, for example electric welders, electric cement mixers, portable bench saws, cleaning equipment, and extension cords. 

Regular inspection and testing of the portable RCD operating trip time will detect faults and protect your expensive appliances. They are inspected and tested according to the environment they are used in, with mandatory frequencies required on construction and demolition sites, mining sites, and more commercial industries. More detailed information is available by contacting JAGS.

Remembering that surge protection, circuit breakers, and powerboards do not have the capacity to quickly isolate the electricity supply compared to a portable RCD. They are a means of limiting the exposure to electrical current and injuries.

Operating trip time testing measures the time taken for the appliance to SAVE YOUR LIFE! Ensure your appliances are protecting you correctly through regular testing – not after the fact!