It's important that all UQ staff and students understand the potential health risks of working with and around electricity.

The Electrical Safety Policy [2.20.05] states staff at all levels are responsible for electrical safety.

The Electrical Safety Management Plan (PDF, 1.1 MB) outlines UQ's approach to electrical safety.

Electrical equipment

Purchase and acquisition

Read the Purchase and Acquisition of Electrical Equipment at UQ Guidelines (PDF, 363.3 KB) for information on purchasing or acquiring electrical equipment for University purposes.

Installation and testing

Certain areas require special consideration when installing and using electrical equipment.

Hazardous areas

Hazardous areas are locations where explosive or flammable atmospheres may exist. These may be in facilities such as laboratories, chemical engineering workshops or chemical stores, or other areas where flammable chemicals are used.

WorkSafe Queensland provides more information on classifying hazardous areas and using electrical equipment in hazardous atmospheres.

Wet areas

There are specific requirements for installing electrical equipment in wet areas. These apply to any equipment that may be exposed to:

  • weather
  • sprinkler systems
  • fixed, semi-permanent or agitated liquid containers.

These requirements also apply to the retrofitting of any liquid containers around electrical equipment.

All electrical installations in wet areas must meet these standards:

  • AS 60529-2004 Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code)
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules).

To access the standards for specific requirements, search the SAI Global Standards Online database (UQ login required), or contact PF Assist for more information.

Test and tag

Test and tag is the periodic inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment to ensure its integrity.

Test and tag services are to be performed by registered test and tag contractors. Property and Facilities Division has negotiated competitive rates for test and tagging with UGL (the University’s electrical contractor). Please contact your Archibus Nominated User (UQ login required) (PDF, 327.7 KB) who will log an Archibus user funded work request to undertake test and tag in your area.

Some equipment has specific testing requirements. See the Electrasafe Guidelines (PDF, 503.7 KB) for a full list of specified electrical equipment and associated requirements.

Electrical wiring

The Property and Facilities Division is responsible for fixed wiring throughout the University. Please contact your Archibus Nominated User (UQ login required) (PDF, 327.7 KB) who will log an Archibus Work Request with any maintenance requests.

Safety alerts and recalls

Electrical-related safety alerts and product recalls can be found on the WorkSafe Queensland website.