This study was undertaken to determine the ongoing need for Equipotential (EP) earthing as required in AS/NZS 3003, section 4.4.2. A total of 2279 earth points were tested in four clinical institutions in Body Protected areas (as defined in AS/NZS 3003). Each earth point was tested for potentials existing in the earthing in order to assess whether any potentials exceeded the 100 mV requirement of AS/NZS 3003 for EP earthing. The voltage measured was 1.21 mV +/- 3.59 mV, (mean +/- standard deviation (SD)), with a of 99% confidence interval between 1.0 mV and 1.4 mV. This study suggests that the requirements for EP earthing in section 4.4.2 of AS/NZS 3003 are unnecessary. It is further suggested that Standards Australia review these requirements with the view of withdrawing them from the Standard.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2004|
- Electrical standards