Update on Insulated Pins on electrical
picture on the right hand side of this page shows the new
style of plugs, which have safety insulated or sheathed pins.
The rules have been introduced to prevent situations where
either children's fingers or a metal object (eg: steel ruler
or part of an aluminium ladder) comes into contact with the
pins of a plug which is partially inserted into a live socket.
Electrical Appliance Testing recommends that all
parents with young children consider having the plugs
on their older appliances changed to the new style of plug
shown on the right.
recommend that people who use power
tools near metal ladders have the plugs on their tools
and extension leads changed to the new style.
are affected by the new rules?
plugs and all appliances which have an integral plug will
"Plug" refers to:
· makes a detachable
connection between the contacts of a socket-outlet and the
conductors of a flexible cord;
·has two, three or four
pins for insertion into a socket-outlet; and
·has a maximum rating
of 20 A;
(There are some exclusions for
particular industrial equipment)
here for the amended requirements document from the Department
of Fair Trading NSW.