If you are in the buying or selling business of electrical equipment in Australia, then you must understand and comply with the fundamental safety requirements and any relevant standards under applicable state, territory and national electrical safety legislation. The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) has introduced model legislation and Equipment Safety Rules for nationally-harmonized electrical equipment safety certification and registration requirements.
Furthermore, a number of emerging challenges and problems with the electrical equipment safety systems across Australia led ERAC to commission an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review. As a result of the review, a number of recommendations were made to improve and harmonize electrical equipment safety. This lead to the introduction of the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS).
Every Responsible Supplier who manufactures or imports electrical equipment in Australia and New Zealand must ensure their equipment meets the established regulatory framework under EESS and below important key elements of the EESS conformity.
- ERAC has established a National Database as the gateway for the supply of in scope electrical equipment to Australia and New Zealand where all suppliers and certain types of equipment must be registered prior to being offered for sale.
- Registration of a ‘Responsible Supplier’, who is a manufacturer or importer of electrical equipment and who must ensure the safety of the electrical equipment they sell.
- There are 3 levels of compliance documentation under the EESS known as Risk based classification of equipment – Level 3 = High Risk, Level 2 = Medium Risk and Level 1 = Low Risk with different requirements for each level.
- All in-scope electrical equipment must be marked with the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). RCM is a symbol signifying that a supplier has taken the necessary steps to have the product comply with the electrical safety and/or electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) legislative requirements. It’s intended as an easy way for consumers to identify products which have met certain electrical standards.
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