Safety Switches

When considering Safety Switch compliance and meeting all other relevant Specific & General Obligations at law for application in a domestic dwelling the Smoke Alarm & Safety Switch Technician & Compliance Inspector must take into consideration the obligations arising from:

  • Electrical Safety Act 2002
  • The Electrical Safety Regulations 2002
  • Australian Standards AS/NZS 3760-2001
  • Manufacturer’s Instructions & State Government Recommendations
  • Common Law (Responsible Stewardship/Duty ofCare)

And read in association with The Residential Tenancies & Rooming Accommodation Act.

The Electrical Safety Regulations 2002 (Qld) (Regulations) requires all owners and landlords to install an approved safety switch to general purpose socket-outlet by the end of 29 February 2008.

The Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Qld) (Act) places an obligation, which must be discharged, on landlords to ensure that electrical equipment (including safety switches) is electrically safe.  If the obligation is not discharged the landlord is liable to a maximum penalty of up to $200,000 or 3 years imprisonment.  A failure to implement a regular maintenance program will cause a landlord to breach his or her obligation under the Act.

There is also an obligation on tenants not to wilfully interfere or misuse a safety switch and to comply with any instruction for electrical safety given by the landlord.

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