April 9, 2014
April 7, 2014
April 2, 2014
|NHP DC Solar isolator switches
NHP KDA-432 and KDM-432 metal and plastic versions
NHP DC Solar isolator switches with date codes from x0113 to x3813 (x can be any number between 1 and 5) have been recalled.
Note: The last four digits are critical to identifying the affected product. Switches with date codes x3913 and above are not affected. These date codes are labelled internally and should only be accessed by an authorised electrical contractor.
The switch is defective and may still be ‘ON’ even when the handle is indicating ‘OFF’. There is a risk of electric shock to the electrical contractor during maintenance and installation.
The switches were available for sale from 11 July 2013 to 11 February 2014 nationally at electrical wholesalers as well as direct from NHP sales offices.
Defective switches are required to be replaced and re-sellers should cease supplying switches with affected date codes and arrange returns by contacting NHP Electrical Engineering Product Pty Ltd on (03) 9368 4088.
Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Ltd – Clipsal 413 Surface Socket
The Clipsal 413 Surface Sockets have been recalled as the terminal colour identification has been reversed on some of the products. If the active and earth wires are terminated to match the colours, there is a risk of electric shock if the surface socket is used with a class 1 (earthed) appliance.
This product was available for sale from 9 January 2014 to 21 February 2014 nationally at electrical wholesalers. This recall applies to Clipsal 413 Surface Sockets with identifying features Cat No-413-WE, Batch Code – 201348, PR413-WE, MP413-WE.
The product can be returned for a full refund at Clipsal.com/413recall or by calling 1300 733 907.
Total Tools – Detroit & Saber Generators
The following Total Tools generators have been recalled:
These products were manufactured with a Multiple Earth Neutral (MEN) link between the neutral and earth without a Residual Current Device (RCD), which is non-compliant with safety clause 6 of AS2790 Electricity generating sets.
In addition, the Saber generator circuit breaker switch for equipment (CBE) is single pole, which is non-compliant with safety clause 3.1.4.
If a fault occurs in the units or equipment the MEN, which is bonded to the frame, can cause the frame to become live with electrical current and possibly cause an electric shock.
The product was sold in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria at 37 Total Tools franchised stores.
Consumers should cease using the product immediately and return their unit to the Total Tools store where purchased for rectification of the defect.
Visit www.recalls.gov.au to view a comprehensive list of product recalls.
Article Source: http://www.masterelectricians.com.au/
If you install, repair or maintain security equipment as part of your job, then even if you are already a licensed electrician, cable or other contractor, you also need to be licensed as a security provider.
Security equipment is designed to enhance property for protection and can include:
- alarm systems
- audio or visual recording systems (CCTV)
- access control devices
- safes and vaults
- intrusion detectors.
You do not have to be licensed as a security equipment installer if you install basic security items or do retail key cutting. Basic security items include:
- portable safes weighing less than 50 kg
- security mesh doors or window grilles
- electronic or mechanical locks for household security
- motion sensor lights that do not activate alarms.
Given the sensitive nature of surveillance and the vital work of enhancing public safety and protecting critical infrastructure, it is important that everyone is licensed.
Heavy penalties apply to anyone installing security equipment without a licence or to firms supplying security services using unlicensed installers. Avoid these penalties by finding out more about the licensing requirements on the Office of Fair Trading website.
Article Source : QLD Government Web Site
|The National Electrical and Communication Associations (NECA) is pleased that the Royal Commission has today officially begun hearing evidence in Brisbane.”NECA believes this will lead to a definitive conclusion to ensure future governments learn from this tragic mistake”said Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.|
|“We offered to help with the design of this program late in 2008, and wrote to the Minister leading the program – Peter Garrett, in March 2009 expressing our concerns. However, it would appear that our advice was not heeded,” he added.NECA has been summoned to produce documentation for the Commission, where we will attend in person and cooperate fully.
“We hope this Royal Commission will give the families affected some comfort and closure. Importantly we hope that processes will change so we can avoid the repeat of such a tragedy in the future,” concluded Mr Manickam.
Article Source : www.neca.asn.au
March 26, 2014
March 25, 2014
Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has supported the State Government’s decision to abandon the 8 cent solar feed-in tariff, saying it gives homeowners the opportunity to shop around for the best deal with retailers.
MEA Queensland State Manager Stephen King said new scheme meant most solar users would be able to start to play retailers off against each other to get a better deal.
“It makes sense for energy retailers to be paying a tariff for power put back into the grid by homeowners, rather than the government,” Mr King said.
“Removal of the tariff will foster competition and enable homeowners to shop around and the feed-in tariff may well increase with the added completion.
“Consumers should take this as an opportunity to not only ensure they are getting a fair deal but to do a full check of their home’s energy efficiency to see where else they can make savings.
“Homeowners can get a Master Electrician to come into their home and identify the most energy efficiency investments for their household.”
February 28, 2014
Clipsal Pop-Up Power Outlets are ideal for any home or office applications where safe and convenient access to power is required. Neat and innovative, Clipsal Pop-Up Power Outlets provide a discreet and tidy appearance when not in use and their pop-up action is sure to impress. They accommodate a twin auto switched socket, which makes them ideal for almost any application.
This power solution offers greater safety and peace of mind around the home, particularly in areas like the kitchen and work top benches. Risk is minimised with this power solution as it helps prevent cable plugged into the side of bench tops being pulled off and also keeps cables away from the hands of small children.
Stylish Colours. Sleek Design.
Clipsal have extended their range of pop-up power outlets to include a selection of colours to complement any interior décor, and when you combine this with the sleek design, you have a power solution that’s bound to turn heads.
Features & Benefits
- Easy access to power where you needs it
- Twin power outlets
- Wide Colour selection
- Pre-wired for easy installation
- Safe Power solution
- Splash and dust proof (IP44 rated)