Business Insurance

Is Your Safety Switch On?

By February 3, 2018 No Comments

Are your employees protected from electrocution?

It’s not something many employers think about, but the risk, and the consequences, can be devastating. Newly constructed workspaces generally have electrical safety in mind – however, historic buildings, or simply older buildings, may have wiring that is not to code, and potentially unsafe.

New laws require any electrical risk associated with the supply of electricity through a socket outlet in a workplace must be minimised by the use of an appropriate residual current device (RDC) or Safety Switch.

If a death or serious injury occurs due to an electrical socket outlet which is not RCD protected, the company is liable.

This includes severe consequences such as prosecution and fines by WorkCover Authority.

What does this mean for you? You… that is, a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), Building Owner, Property Manager, Company Director, Officer or Manager must ensure that all single-phase and three-phase “plug in” electrical socket and outlet circuits in the workplaces are protected by RCD’s to reduce the risk of electrocution.

Old fuses and circuit breakers protect property from fire but they may pose electrocution hazards. RCD’s protect property and people by their rapid operation and extremely low trip current.

RCD protection is mandatory. Is your business up to code? Are you protected from liability?

Please contact NSURE to make sure your Safety Switch is on!