What are RCD’s?

AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies the “trip time” a RCD must switch off the power to the circuit.  Regular “trip time” testing ensures the RCD continues to operate within Australian Standards.

A RCD continuously monitors the electric current that travels through the RCD protected circuit. As soon as the RCD detects a leakage to earth in the electric current on the RCD protected circuit (as an example, when a person touches a live part), the RCD “trips” and shuts off the power to the circuit.   Quickly shutting off power to the circuit significantly decreases the severity of injury or death.

It is therefore very important a RCD “trips” quickly to switch off the power to the circuit and the individual. The process of testing a RCD simulates a leakage to earth, and measures the “trip time” or the time taken for the RCD to shut off the power to the circuit.

RCD Testing Regulations

A fixed RCD is a RCD that is installed on each circuit in your switchboard.  It is identified as a RCD and not a circuit breaker by the TEST button.

A correctly functioning RCD is a device that can save your life in the event of an electrical incident.   Like any mechanical device, faults do occur that may render the RCD inoperable, so it is important to ensure your RCD functions correctly at regular intervals.

Workplace Health and Safety Regulations and Electrical Safety Regulations specify the frequency that RCD’s are required to be inspected and tested for functionality.   A summary of the retest time frames as stipulated in the regulations is detailed below.

Fixed RCD Testing Retest Time Frames

Hostile EnvironmentHostile EnvironmentNon Hostile EnvironmentNon Hostile Environment
StatePush Button TestOperating “Trip Time” Test Push Button TestOperating “Trip Time” Test
New South Wales6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
Victoria6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
Australian Capital Territory6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
Western Australia6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
South Australia6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
Northern Territory6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly
Tasmania6 monthly12 monthly6 monthly2 yearly

Source: AS/NZS 3760:2010 and State Specific WHS Regulations
Queensland Class of WorkPush Button TestOperating “Trip Time” Test
ConstructionMonthly12 monthly
Manufacturing6 monthly12 monthly
Office Work6 monthly2 yearly
Service Work6 monthly12 monthly
Amusement Work3 monthly6 monthly

Source: QLD Electrical Safety Regulations 2013

State Specific RCD Testing Regulations

The harmonised WHS Regulations are applicable in NSW, ACT, TAS, SA, and NT. WA are reviewing the implementation of the harmonised WHS regulations currently. The QLD Electrical Safety regulations take precendece in the area of RCD testing, and VIC have no intention of implementing the harmonised WHS regulations.

Click the links below to take you to the relevant state government legislation. 

NSW WHS Regulations 2017
VIC Worksafe – 12 Ways to Make Small Business Safer
ACT Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
TAS Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 2012
SA Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012
WA Guide to Testing and Tagging & RCD Testing
NT Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 
QLD Electrical Safety Regulations 2013

RCD Testing Reporting Requirements

To satisfy the requirement for a record of formal inspection and tests, a record of the RCD trip times should be retained rather than a simple Pass/Fail report.

AS/NZS 3760:2010 specifies the documented reporting requirements following RCD testing.

  • Name of the person or company who performed the test
  • The test date and the next test date
  • A register of all equipment
  • A record of formal inspection and tests
  • A repair register
  • A record of all failed items showing details of services or corrective actions
  • A reference to AS/NZS 3760

How are RCD’s Tested?

There are currently 3 methods for testing Fixed RCD’s installed in workplace switchboards.

  • Electrician at a live switchboard
  • Technician at a power point
  • Rapid Test installed in a switchboard

An electrician has developed the skills and capability to simulate a leakage to earth at a live switchboard to trip the RCD. A RCD tester is used at the switchboard to measure the trip time. This method is relatively quick, but there are inherent dangers that must be considered as the electrician must work on a live switchboard.

A competent technician will simulate the leakage to earth from a power point (GPO) on an electrical circuit. A RCD tester is used at the power point (GPO) to measure the trip time. This method is very safe, however is slower than an electrician testing at a live switchboard. A competent technician cannot test lighting RCD’s using this method.

Once Rapid Test is installed in a switchboard, using the tablet application any member of your team can test both the power and lighting RCD’s. There is no need for an external RCD tester, no need to identify circuits, and no need to access a live switchboard. This method is the fastest and safest method.

Rapid Test Key Benefits

Testing RCD’s with Rapid Test is up to 180 times faster than you might be having them tested currently!

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Once Rapid Test is installed in your switchboard by a licensed electrician, anyone in your organisation can safely test your RCD's using the Rapid Test System saving considerable contractor costs.

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By using the Rapid Test System, an electrician is not required to work on a live switchboard to test RCD's. Live works are inherently dangerous and are prohibited in some States in Australia.

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A technician testing RCD's by simulating a fault at a power point is a slow and cumbersome process that causes considerable downtime. Rapid Test will test your RCD's up to 180 times faster than a technician.

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Documentation of your RCD testing regime is vital. Standard hand written reports are slow to prepare and can be illegible. The Rapid Test system collects all test data during the testing process and uploads to the cloud automatically.

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We know you don't want to manage your compliance reports; so we do it for you in our secure reporting portal. All compliance reports are available online from any internet enabled computer 24/7.

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Traditionally, labour costs made up the majority of your RCD testing annual spend. The Rapid Test system can be operated safely and quickly by your internal staff to reduce contractor labour costs.

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The ability to quickly and easily generate testing reports and compliance certificates will provide you and your staff with piece of mind you are satisfying your workplace safety obligations.

The Rapid Test Portal gives you the ability to manage all aspects of your compliance reporting, with a variety of subscription levels to the Rapid Test Portal to suit your individual needs.

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