HML Electrical Services offers the following information and data for your assistance only. All electrical work on systems operating at over 50V should ONLY be carried by a qualified and experienced person – electricity can (and does) kill !
* What is an RCD ?
* Why 30mA ?
An RCD (Residual Current Device) detects the difference in current flowing between the 2 live conductors (i.e. the fault current flowing to earth, possibly through you) and if this exceeds the specified rating, then it “trips” and cuts off the electrical supply to the circuit it is protecting.
30mA is generally considered a “safe” current through the human body and, whilst you might feel it, it is unlikely to harm or kill you.
A standard 30mA RCD of the type used in most domestic installations is designed to trip in under 200mS at its rated current and under 40mS at 150mA fault current. (There are also other types deliberately designed to operate slower than this.)
For work carried out by HML Electrical Services due for completion before 1st July 2008, it is optional whether to use the “old” 16th Edition or the “new” 17th Edition as the Standard. After this date, all work must be carried out in accordance with the new 17th Edition. However, Testing and Inspection of existing installations after this date will not result in a “Fail” if they do not meet any new requirements.
The new cable colours used in domestic lighting and power circuits are brown = phase (previously red), blue = neutral (previously black) and green/yellow = earth (previously green and officially known as cpc or “circuit protective conductor”).
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