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ELECTRICAL SAFETY IS ALL ABOUT THE STANDARDS

04-09-2019
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Adam Stingemore: "standards have been keeping electricians and the Australian public safe for just under 100 years "

Standards Australia has kicked off Electrical Safety Week 2019 with a reminder of the role of standards in improving electrical safety.

Adam Stingemore is General Manager of Strategy and Engagement at Standards Australia. He says: “Among the huge amounts of safety guidance on all things electricity we find Australian and
international standards across many different areas of the electrical sector.

“While much of this guidance is aimed at the professionals in the sector, the consumers are ultimately the big winners with a lot of the guidance aimed at ensuring we can all use electricity safely.”
Some of the standards being highlighted during Electrical Safety Week include:

• AS/NZS 3112:2017 Approval and test specification – plugs and socket-outlets
• AS 3000:2018 Electrical installations
• AS/NZS 1154.1-2009 Insulator and conductor fittings for overhead power lines, Part 1: Performance, material, general requirements and dimensions
AS/NZS 3808:2000 Rec:2017 Insulating and sheathing materials for electric cables.

“This list is a very small sample proving the impact standards have in improving electrical safety,” adds Stingemore. “Standards we are recognising this week highlight the broad nature of the safety we help provide covering consumers and professionals in a variety of settings.”

“Regardless of their focus, standards have been keeping electricians and the Australian public safe for just under 100 years and we are pleased to say this shows no signs of slowing down,” he concluded.

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