The electrical industry recently recognised the outstanding skills of six contracting firms at the 2007 NECA ACT Excellence Awards held at the Hyatt in September.
The entire Australian electrical industry should be involved in the fight against the importation of sub-standard, non-compliant electrical product, often referred to as 'counterfeiting'
Powercor Australia was a recent Victorian winner of the â€˜Ministerâ€™s Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprenticesâ€™. The awards recognise employers who demonstrate commitment, innovation and outstanding achievement in the training of Australian apprentices. Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian government initiative.
The South Australia NECA Excellence Awards and Apprentice Awards were held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 24 August, with ten of the state's leading contractors and three top electrical and communications apprentices recognised for their outstanding achievements. The Leader of the Opposition, Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, set the tone at the event with his ideas about making it easier for businesses to develop, succeed and achieve excellence.
A recent study by McCrindle Research shows the skills shortages and the associated workplace expectations of 'Generation Y' are here to stay
According to a recent Standards Australia media release, the new edition of the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules is expected to be released in the final quarter of 2007.
A number of new electrical supply protection standards have recently been updated, simplifying the process of providing supply protection. I spoke with experts from Novaris, HPM and PowerCom Solutions about their implications to contractors
Standards Australia announced new rules relating to the installation of thermal insulation and halogen downlights which should help reduce the incidence of house fires.
Like all electrical work, lighting installations must be compliant to regulations. But regs don't just cover workmanship. Lighting products also have to be compliant to standards, but who's accountable for their compliance?
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workplaces that residual current devices (RCDs) need to be fitted to electrical circuits wherever hand-held electrical tools are to be used.
HVAC and building management services provider, AE Smith has developed a 'National Training Achievement award' to recognise and reward the efforts of the company's apprentices.
Workplace safety is a serious concern for all employees and employers. In the electrical industry, it's not limited to installation practises and tools. Testing is a high-risk activity that can be done safely by following the standards and regulations
The new Australasian headquarters for electrical industry supplier HPM Legrand was officially opened at a recent staff ceremony in Sydney's western suburb of Auburn.
The correct type and amount of insurance for contractors depends on how their business is structured and what legal requirements need to be met. Differences in state legislation throw in another 'wobbly', particularly when working several states
When inferior products introduce life-threatening risks to installers and their customers because they're not compliant to mandatory Australian Standards, this becomes a serious matter for the electrical industry to deal with