Sweeping changes to nationwide safety rules to save lives, according to sparkies

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26 June 2018

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26/06/2018
Sweeping changes to nationwide safety rules to save lives, according to sparkies
Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has welcomed sweeping changes to nationwide safety rules that will dramatically reduce the number of electrical fatalities each year.
The 2018 AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules contain several significant changes to electrical installation safety requirements, including several which flow from the disastrous home insulation scheme that devastated the industry in 2010.
MEA CEO Malcolm Richards said that the updated rules represent a milestone in electrical safety and will save lives.
“The new AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules represent a substantial increase in safety standards and will prevent electrical tragedies from occurring,” Mr Richards said.
“The new standard will foster a greater degree of safety across the industry with additional precautions and MEA commends the committee for compiling a new set of rules that will ultimately save lives once fully implemented.
“The most crucial change is the new rule requiring safety switches on all domestic and most commercial circuits, a reform that MEA has been advocating for since the disastrous home insulation scheme.
“Countless electrical tragedies have occurred in recent years that could have been easily prevented had a safety switch been in place and the importance of this vital new requirement cannot be overstated.
Mr Richards said home owners and builders need to ensure that they are up to speed with the new rules.
“It’s important home owners and builders are aware of the updated safety requirements affecting new constructions, major upgrades or repairs,” Mr Richards said.
“Existing homeowners should consider hiring a qualified electrician to perform the necessary upgrades to bring their house in line with the new wiring rules and to safeguard themselves from electrical tragedy.
“State governments should also explore implementing additional laws that require mandatory upgrades to the new standard when a change of owner or tenant occurs.”
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Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone SAS Group on 0467 792 013.

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