Take a safety first approach

For instance, recently Standards Australia published a new standard for commercial building energy audits. It is now recommended that audits be undertaken every three to five years, or following major changes to the building including change to use of the space, upgrades or refurbishments, substantial changes in energy costs or availability, or proposed and recent changes in technology.

These new upgrades will ensure energy efficiencies are met, but they also ensure that outdated and potentially dangerous product is replaced.

This type of vigilance is particularly important in the electrical industry, which protects the integrity of our profession and improves safety.

For instance, Energy Safe Victoria recently launched a campaign to warn online electrical retailers who supply USB power adaptors that the product be certified prior to use.

As stated, this country sets high standards and all products coming into the country should meet compliance regulations. While this doesn’t always happen, it is particularly important for electrical goods.

The words ‘we didn’t start the fire’, may come to mind for some retailers if a product proves to be faulty. But, yes buddy, you did start the fire by selling product that didn’t meet the regulatory requirements.

Faulty electrical products can result in electric shocks, fire or property damage and the risk of damaging the equipment it is connected to. Imagine if Catch of the Day’s warehouse systems went down due to a short circuit, which started a fire.
That’s a lot of angry people who paid for product they won’t see. Not to mention staff placed in danger.

All products sold in Australia must have the regulatory compliance mark   or a unique approval number.

Recently in the US NECA released a NECA/NCSCB 600-14; Electrical Standard Revision. It includes periodic routine maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. Recommended practices for testing of medium voltage cables. Periodic routine maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for medium-voltage cable, and special procedures used after adverse operating conditions such as a short circuit or ground-fault. It also describes installation procedures for shielded and non-shielded solid-dielectric medium-voltage cables rated from 2,001V to 35,000V AC and installed in conduits or ducts, or direct buried.

It is in-depth, as it should. NECA is also representative of the various state bodies in Australia. And thankfully, they are just as vigilant as their US counterparts.

So, while some may say that we have too many standards and regulations. Just think about the quality of life you have and how safe you are when you abide by them.

Safety is paramount and the integrity of the industry relies on all of us adopting safe workplace practices. It’s better to be vigilant than electrocuted.

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