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RCD Push Button Test Work Procedure

The RCD testing method statement assesses risk following the identification of hazards connected with undertaking the RCD testing of a residual current device and the subsequent implementation of risk controls to manage risk.

  • Safe work method statements require that control measures for hazards be implemented per RCD testing guidelines and testing RCD procedures to test push button switch.

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RCD Push Button Test Work Procedure

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for the testing of RCDS, e.g. RCD push button test with control measures developed for identified hazards per hazard control hierarchy.

  • Assess and review health and safety practices in the workplace to control risk

  • WHS consultation for the identification of hazards with undertaking RCD testing of residual current devices

  • Risk assessment to identify hazards in the workplace that may potentially pose an immediate threat of death or serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for conducting a residual current device push button test, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process

  • WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication

  • Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. hazardous atmosphere in confined space, falling from height

  • Tripping hazards in workplace resulting in injuries caused by slips trips and falls

  • Implementation of controls for how to test push button switch, e.g. isolation of hazards and services

  • Health and safety at work information and instructions for workers to manage risks

  • Electrical health and safety plan for testing RCD that identifies hazards and risks with testing an RCD and provides safety guidelines for electrical workers, e.g. RCD testing requirements and procedure for testing RCD

  • Visual inspection of RCD switch to ensure residual current device RCD complies with rcd protection regulations, e.g. functional testing of RCD

  • RCD push button test shall result in the RCD tripping where the RCD test button is depressed per requirements for rcd testing

  • RCD test tags per RCD testing legislation shall be affixed to an RCD where the RCD test resulted in the electrical rcd tripping

  • Recording of RCD testing results in the RCD test log book and RCD push button test sheet

  • Hazardous chemicals used in connection with testing an RCD

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with residual current device testing

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. electrical PPE and electrical safety gear

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. electrical safe work practices training

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. electrical codes of practice, RCD testing regulations and RCD testing standards

  • Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures

  • Electrician tasks and activities in connection with the testing of RCDS

SWMS Electrical


SWMS for RCD testing shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities involved in testing an RCD.

High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:

  • Implementing an isolation procedure for electrical equipment to ensure electrical equipment safety

  • Residual current device testing

  • Testing RCD per rcd testing requirements

  • Other RCD push button test hazards.

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