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Contents (2011 - 674)
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Repealed version for 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017 (accessed 18 November 2017 at 14:00)
Chapter 4 Part 4.7 Division 6
Division 6 Residual current devices
164   Use of socket outlets in hostile operating environment
(1)  This clause applies in the following circumstances:
(a)  electrical equipment is used in an environment in which the normal use of electrical equipment exposes the equipment 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,
(b)  electrical equipment is moved between different locations in circumstances where damage to the equipment or to a flexible electricity supply cord is reasonably likely,
(c)  electrical equipment is frequently moved during its normal use,
(d)  electrical equipment forms part of, or is used in connection with, an amusement device.
(2)  In a circumstance set out in subclause (1), a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any electrical risk associated with the supply of electricity to the electrical equipment through a socket outlet is minimised by the use of an appropriate residual current device.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(3)  Without limiting subclause (2), the residual current device must have a tripping current that does not exceed 30 milliamps if electricity is supplied to the equipment through a socket outlet not exceeding 20 amps.
(4)  Subclause (2) does not apply if the supply of electricity to the electrical equipment:
(a)  does not exceed 50 volts alternating current, or
(b)  is direct current, or
(c)  is provided through an isolating transformer that provides at least an equivalent level of protection, or
(d)  is provided from a non-earthed socket outlet supplied by an isolated winding portable generator that provides at least an equivalent level of protection.
Notes.
 
1   
This clause commences on 1 January 2013 (see clause 2 (2)).
2   
Residual current devices are also regulated under the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004.
165   Testing of residual current devices
(1)  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 that the devices are operating effectively.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$3,600, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$18,000.
(2)  The person must keep a record of all testing of a residual current device (other than any testing conducted daily) until the earlier of the following occurs:
(a)  the device is next tested,
(b)  the device is permanently removed from use.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$1,250, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$6,000.