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

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

See the Electrical Safety Management Plan (PDF, 177KB) for relevant legislation and comprehensive information on managing and minimising electricity-related health risks.

Electrical equipment

Purchase and acquisition

Read the Purchase and Acquisition of Electrical Equipment at UQ Guidelines (PDF, 363KB) 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. It involves a physical inspection of the equipment and a test performed with an insulation tester.

Test and tag services are performed by registered test and tag contractors. For details of contractors, contact PF Assist.

Some equipment has specific testing requirements. See the Electrasafe Guidelines (PDF, 504KB) for a full list of specified electrical equipment and associated requirements.

All staff should pay close attention to electrical equipment and report any signs of damage. If you find any damage, or if there is any doubt about the integrity of the device, remove the item from service and contact PF Assist.

Electrical wiring

The Properties and Facilities Division is responsible for fixed wiring throughout the University. Contact PF Assist with any maintenance requests.

Safety alerts and recalls

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