RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICES

What are RCDs?

Residual Current Devices, also referred to as RCDs, are a key piece of equipment used in electrical safety in the workplace. They work by cutting off electricity automatically if there is a fault that triggers the sensors. This is an important fire protection solution as it can assist in the prevention of most electrical fires. An RCD monitors the electric current flowing through multiple circuits, and once it recognises an irregularity, it will switch off the circuit quickly to stop the electricity and reducing the risk of any type of damage or injury.

It is important to test RCDs regularly for the safety of the people using any electrical equipment and for employers to comply with their duty of care and obligations under the various Work and Health Safety Laws, Regulations and Codes of Practice.

Testing for “Trip Times” and that everything is functioning correctly in an important requirement for RCDs. Trip times are a measurement to see how long it takes for an RCDs to respond when a situation occurs. The test that is conducted stimulates a fault and records the speed at which the RCD reacts in milliseconds (ms). RCDs ordinarily responds at a speed of under 30ms.

Testing on RCDs should be conducted every six (6) months and annually.

East Coast fire and Safety fire consultants will carry out all in-service inspections and tests to ensure that your RCDs is functioning correctly. Contact us to find out more.

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