BODY PROTECTED ELECTRICAL IN MELBOURNE

If you need body protected electrical in your property, it is incredibly important you hire a qualified electrician that is up to the job. 

Life or death important. 

Here’s what you need to know about body protected electrical and how to ensure you hire the right people to fulfil your requirements...

What is Body/Cardiac Protected Electrical?

Body/cardiac protected electrical covers the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems in medical facilities (including hospitals, aged care, allied health care, medical and dental facilities).

This includes any area within a medical facility where patients are diagnosed, monitored or treated using medical equipment powered by electricity. 

Within a body protected electrical area, every individual powerpoint needs to have its own wiring (circuit) leading back to the electrical switchboard and be protected by its own specialty safety switch. 

The safety switches used in these facilities (called 10mA RCDs) are a lot more sensitive to earth leakage currents than those used in residential or office spaces. 

This means they will turn off at the slightest hint of an electrical fault and therefore protect staff and patients alike from suffering from electric shocks while equipment is in use.

Having a separate circuit (its own wiring connecting to the switchboard) for each individual powerpoint also assures that if one powerpoint is tripped, it will not cause many others to lose power at the same time.

Why is Body protected electrical so important in medical facilities?

There are many reasons of varying severity that this system of electrical protection is necessary in medical facilities. 

In some cases, loss of power due to an electrical trip can even be life threatening. 

For example, if you are in a ward or intensive care unit in a hospital where life-sustaining equipment is being used. 

Imagine the implications of a cleaner performing their routine duties, unaware that their vacuum cleaner has an electrical fault which causes the power to trip when plugged into a powerpoint. 

In a normal electrical setting (like that of a home or office) where there are only one or two safety switches for the whole property an electrical trip like that would cause large sections of the building to lose power. 

To reset the safety switch, someone would have to find the main switchboard, unlock it, find the right circuit breaker and reset it. In this time, the ventilators sustaining the lives of many critically ill patients will not have had power.

With compliant body protected electrical systems in which each powerpoint has it’s own safety switch, this scenario would never happen. The cleaner would use the dedicated power source which is labelled for their use and is wired separately back to the main switchboard.

Furthermore, for outlets used to power medical equipment, all of the safety switches are integrated into special power points that have testing capability and indicator lights. 

If the safety switch is tripped, then resetting can be almost immediate and any faulty equipment can be quickly identified and isolated.

From this scenario alone, you get an idea of how important it is to comply with these electrical standards.

There are many reasons of varying severity that this system of electrical protection is necessary in medical facilities. 

In some cases, loss of power due to an electrical trip can even be life threatening. 

For example, if you are in a ward or intensive care unit in a hospital where life-sustaining equipment is being used. 

Imagine the implications of a cleaner performing their routine duties, unaware that their vacuum cleaner has an electrical fault which causes the power to trip when plugged into a powerpoint. 

In a normal electrical setting (like that of a home or office) where there are only one or two safety switches for the whole property an electrical trip like that would cause large sections of the building to lose power. 

To reset the safety switch, someone would have to find the main switchboard, unlock it, find the right circuit breaker and reset it. In this time, the ventilators sustaining the lives of many critically ill patients will not have had power.

With compliant body protected electrical systems in which each powerpoint has it’s own safety switch, this scenario would never happen. The cleaner would use the dedicated power source which is labelled for their use and is wired separately back to the main switchboard.

Furthermore, for outlets used to power medical equipment, all of the safety switches are integrated into special power points that have testing capability and indicator lights. 

If the safety switch is tripped, then resetting can be almost immediate and any faulty equipment can be quickly identified and isolated.

From this scenario alone, you get an idea of how important it is to comply with these electrical standards.

Do you need Body Protected Electrical?

If you have a facility that runs medical equipment for diagnosing, treating or monitoring any person, you will need body protected electrical completed by a qualified electrician in your facility. 

And that’s not just a strong recommendation, it’s required by Victorian Law.

AS/NZS 3003: 2018 is the mandatory electrical installation standard for patient areas in hospitals and medical facilities, for use by electricians undertaking new work, alterations, additions and repairs to patient electrical areas classified as “body protected” or “cardiac protected”.

Patient areas include hospitals, medical or dental practices, and/or specialised allied health treatment clinics where electrical medical equipment is used on a person.

How often do you need your body protected electrical systems checked?

Any area requiring body protected electrical needs to be regularly maintained to ensure it is safe and functioning properly. 

The Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) outlines compliance on over 80 points for any completed work in body protected electrical areas. 

It also states that routine testing by an electrical professional needs to be carried out at intervals not exceeding 12 months.

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Do I need a specialised electrician to complete body protected electrical work?

To assure your work is up to the required standard and is in compliance with the Victorian regulations you will need to hire a qualified electrician to complete any body protected electrical work. 

It is also best to ask if they are familiar with this work prior to booking the electrician to ensure the job will be completed quickly and to a high standard. 

There is no room to cut corners when it comes to body protected electrical - doing so could cause serious injury and in some cases be lethal. 

Therefore, we recommend taking a look at our document [‘How to choose an electrician’] to ensure you ask all the relevant questions and make sure whichever A-Grade electrician you hire is up to the task. 

Book one of our qualified electricians for your body protected electrical needs today

Here at 181 Electrical, we have many team members who are experienced in completing body protected electrical work. 

They are qualified, A-grade electricians and are familiar with the standard required for this type of work - as well as the potential implications if they did not complete the job properly. 

So why wait? Get in touch via the button below or give us a call today to book your appointment today!

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