A Residual Current Device (RCD), also known as a Safety Switch is a device located in the distribution boards of some sites.
These devices are designed to detect very small leakages of current to earth and react by operating to stop the supply of electricity very quickly, and can be either fitted in the switchboard or be portable. They are designed to protect you and your employees against electrocution from Active to Earth faults, which are the most common form of electricity fatality.
Just like your Portable Appliances, Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 requires that you test your RCD’s to ensure that they are working correctly. As part of our testing procedure, Electrical Service and maintenance shall test your RCD’s and perform data capture to the Australian Standard 3760.
Our technicians will perform both a “push button” and millisecond test to ensure that these devices are functioning within appropriate standards. The information from these tests shall be recorded and reported to you along with your appliance testing and tagging information. These devices are designed to save lives. If you have gone to the effort to have these live saving devices installed in your workplace it only makes sense to ensure they work!