While Australia’s electrical safety standards are among the most stringent in the world, there is always room for improvement, particularly when you take into account the recent tragic events within homes and buildings.
In the months ahead, we will see changes and updates to the revised Electrical Wiring Standards of Australia, or what is referred to as the AS/NZS3000.
One of the major changes new homeowners, builders and electrical contractors should be aware of is the fitment of RCDs, or safety switches as they are commonly known as, to all electrical circuits, including hardwired devices or appliances such as air-conditioning systems, electric cooker ovens, pool pumps and other hardwired units which were previously exempt.
For home renovators, certain alterations on electrical work may require compliance with the new regulations. For example, simply adding another power point into an existing home will now require a safety switch fitted to that circuit.