Campaign against non-compliant electrical products launched

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and Voltimum launched the "Does it comply?" initiative this week in Sydney.

The aim of the campaign is to eliminate the use of non-compliant electrical products.

The event was attended by 40 senior executives from the electrical and communications industry, and the first person to sign the pledge to stamping out non-compliant products was Wes McKnight – NECA’s National Chairman.

“There is no place for non-compliant products in any area of our industry today,” said Wes McKnight.

“Electrical contractors that knowingly purchase and install non-compliant goods are putting their customers and their business at risk. As the new regulations come into effect contractors need to understand the consequences as this behaviour will no longer be tolerated,” he added.

Standards Australia CEO Colin Blair Standards Australia CEO opened the event and NECA CEO James Tinslay welcomed the guests.

Then Voltimum Australia Chairman Kim Craig previewed the website and to underline the importance of getting the industry on side, Energy Safe Victoria Executive Manager Neil Fraser updated guests on the progress being made by the Electrical Equipment Safety System.

The next step in this process is to get contractors in the electrical and communications industry to ‘sign the pledge’. Contractors do this by watching a webinar on the ‘Does it Comply?’ website and then testing their knowledge with 10 simple questions.

Non-compliance of electrical is a serious safety concern, both for electrical contractors and the general public.

According to a recent study undertaken by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council, there were 67 fatalities caused by electrical faults in Australia and New Zealand between 1999 and 2003.

In addition, there were 11,260 fires attributed to electrical equipment faults between 2002 – 2007 in Australian and New Zealand.


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