Business and management

Electrical supply protection standards

20 August, 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

Spacing changes between halogens and insulation in new Wiring Rules

15 August, 2007

Standards Australia announced new rules relating to the installation of thermal insulation and halogen downlights which should help reduce the incidence of house fires.

Reminder on need for RCDs with hand-held electrical tools

12 August, 2007

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.

Lighting standards

12 August, 2007

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?

HVAC apprentice incentive program

03 August, 2007

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.

Electrical testing standards

01 August, 2007

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

HPM Legrand moves to new building

31 July, 2007

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.

How much and what insurance do contractors need?

25 July, 2007 by Joel Ciszek, BuildSafe Insurance Brokers

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

Electrical compliance standards

15 July, 2007

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

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