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Summary Bulletin: Electrical Safety in Bathrooms 2nd ed.

Authors: Bridge, C., Quinn, J.
Illustrators/Contributors: Svenger, M., Fowkes, A.
Published: 12th May 2014
Audience: Consumers, Industry
ISBN: 9780733433856


The update of the 2005 Summary Bulletin on Electrical Safety in Bathrooms addresses changes in regulations and the prevalence of open-plan shower areas and hand-held showers, in both contemporary bathroom designs and in modified bathrooms. It examines the current regulations for electrical safety in the bathroom and the need for additional safety provisions when hand-held showers and open-plan shower areas are included. A wide range of approaches for increasing electrical safety are reviewed, including the use of safety switches, methods of preventing accidental water spray from showers, and methods of protecting electrical devices from accidental water spray.


Publication History:

1st ed. Electrical Safety in Bathrooms: Summary Bulletin by Lara Oram, May 2006.
           Reprinted December 2006


Contribution of Authors:

This is the second edition of the Summary Bulletin: Electrical Safety in Bathrooms, replacing the original publication of the same name, authored by Lara Oram (2005).

Joanne Quinn undertook the research for this second edition. She developed the content, and formatted and wrote the Summary Bulletin.

Catherine Bridge provided guidance for the bathroom electrical safety information contained in this document. She also reviewed the Summary Bulletin document.   

Table of Contents



Regulatory Requirements for Electrical Safety

Bathroom zones

Required water resistance for electrical bathroom equipment

The Need for Increased Electrical Safety in the Bathroom

Safety switches

Preventing accidental water spray

Protection from water spray, wet hands, and condensation

Approaches for Bathroom Electrical Safety – Comparison

Bathroom Electrical Safety Checklist


Appendix 1: Standards Relevant to Electrical  Safety in the Bathroom

Appendix 2: Bathroom Zones

Appendix 3: IP Code – water ingress

Specialist Review Panel

Jordana L. MaiselCenter for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, University at Buffalo, State University of NYResearch Panel
Beverley GarlickRoyal Australian Institute of Architects, NSWIndustry Panel
Keith StevensonNSW Home Modification & Maintenance State CouncilIndustry Panel
Jane BryceGuide Dogs NSW/ACTConsumer Panel
John StolkEnergy Safe VictoriaGuest Expert Panel
Mark DearloveMaster Electricians AustraliaGuest Expert Panel

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