Test Guidelines For Body & Cardiac Protected Areas
Electrical Installations – Patient Areas (AS 3003 2011)
The Australian Standards sets out the electrical requirements for installations and on‐going compliance tests, for patient treatment areas. The classification of the patient areas is based on the medical procedures undertaken in each area. Prior to installation and commissioning, areas are to be wired as either body-¬protected or cardiac-¬protected. U-¬Tech Medical can provide Commissioning, Annual Safety Inspections, and consultations with electrical contractors for the rectification of faults and non-¬compliance.
New electrical installations in patient treatment areas, such as in hospital and day surgeries, for example, Operating, Intensive care, and recovery rooms, and other patient treatment areas, need to be commissioned and certified before use. U-Tech Medical can co-ordinate, and consult with electrical contractors, prior to works for new electrical installations, to ensure that they comply with AS3003 – Australian Standards – Electrical Installations – Patient Areas.
On completion of works, U-Tech Medical can inspect the electrical areas for compliance with AS3003 and provide a completed test report for each area, confirm that the requirements have been met, then the treatment area can be placed in service.
Annual Safety Inspections & Testing TOP
Body-Protected and Cardiac-protected electrical areas are subject to routine inspections and testing at intervals not exceeding 12 months. (Source AS/NZS 3003:2018)
Maintaining risks associated with electrical hazards can be demonstrated by carrying out routine testing and rectification of defects on an annual basis. U-Tech Medical will provide annual reports that highlight failures, to enable electrical contractors to repair or replace faulty devices.
Body & Cardiac Protected Areas Consultations TOP
U-Tech Medical can provide advice and consultation with hospital engineers on exist patient treatment areas, new rooms installations, and work with electrical contractors to achieve:
- Classification of patient treatment areas
- Earthing requirements
- Commissioning Inspection Checklists
- Alterations or Repairs
- Routine Inspection Checklist
How We Can Help TOP
We can review your patient treatment, test the equipotential earthing, test the 10 milliamp medical grade RCD’s and Line Isolation Monitors. (LIM’s)
We can advise on what items need to be modified, repaired or replaced to comply with the standards.
We can consult with your electrical installer if changes need to be made.
With our calibrated test equipment we can provide a report indicating compliance with this standard.
We can advise on the condition of your RCD’s and LIM’s and make recommendations on their performance so you can plan a replacement program before they are likely to fail.
U-Tech Medical is ISO 9001:2008 certified TOP
ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognised Quality Management System (QMS). Employing world’s best practice methods, policies and procedures, it helps organisations to meet the expectations and needs of their customers.
Australian Standards TOP
Australian Standards sets out the electrical requirements on how to follow the guidelines of the “Electrical Installations Patient Areas”, (AS3003: 2018)
U-Tech Medical supports this Standard as guidance to adopt the best management program, specifically for your Patient Treatment Areas.
How often does my patient treatment area need to be tested? TOP
The routine testing should be carried out annually.
What happens if any of the tests fails? TOP
U-Tech Medical will advise the corrective action and the cost if repair is needed for compliance.
What are the main tests performed? TOP
All tests include, electrical earthing RCD and/0r LIM testing, socket outlets, markings, classification of areas and signage.
Do I need to purchase a copy of the Australian Standards? TOP
This is not required, however, if you prefer to keep a copy, it is available at SAI Global and type “AS/NZS 3003” in the search window. Other standards may also be downloaded by typing the required code.
How do I select the best biomedical service company for my equipment management plan? TOP
Ask one of our technicians to send you the report on “Mistakes Medical Professionals Make When Selecting A Biomedical Service Company.
Benefits of using a service provider that has an ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) TOP
One of the quality management principles that are the foundation of the ISO 9001 requirements is to improve customer satisfaction by planning for and striving to meet customer requirements. As part of ISO9001 there is a documented procedure to handle customer complaints/service issues and a corrective procedure for non-conformances.
U-Tech Medical is ISO 9001:2015 certified, iPRO Smartek and JAS-ANZ certified.
ISO 9001 2015 is the world’s most widely recognised Quality Management System. This means you are employing the world’s best practice methods, policies and procedures, it helps dental practitioners to meet the expectations and needs of their patients