Electrical Safety Management Plan

The UQ Electrical Safety Management Plan aims to effectively manage and minimise electricity related health risks to persons working on or visiting University sites.

Guideline for Purchase and Acquisition of Electrical Equipment

Test & Tag

The periodic inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment is commonly known as “test and tag”. The University guideline for test and tag allows for risk assessment of a device, it’s environment and use to adjust the period between inspections. The process of physically inspecting equipment is just as important as the electrical test performed with an insulation tester and it is encouraged that all staff pay attention to their equipment for signs of physical or chemical damage. If there is any doubt as to the integrity of the device, or if there appears to be parts missing (such as guards), remove the item from service and contact an electrician.

Wet Areas

AS 3000:2000 (Electrical Installations) section seven, specifies certain requirements for electrical equipment installed in “wet” areas over and above a normal installation. Any installation near a fixed liquid container of any kind must be in accordance with this standard. Any retrofitting of a liquid container must also be performed with due regard for this standard. These specified areas are not, however, the limit of wet area consideration. Any equipment installed so as to be exposed to weather, sprinkler systems, semi permanent or agitated liquid containers must be assessed for the appropriate ingress protection (IP) rating to be applied.

Note that the USA uses a different rating system, National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) ratings are not accepted under Australian standards.

Explosive Atmospheres

Certain processes within the Universities operations have the potential to create explosive atmospheres, where the air/fuel mix is between the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) and Upper Explosive Limit (UEL). The fuel may be gas, vapour or dust and are usually split into two broad categories of dusts and gases (including vapours), with three zonal classifications. Where identified, these hazardous zones require particular caution in the selection of equipment and processes to be operated within those areas.

Responsibilities

Staff at all levles within the University have specific responsibilities for ensuring OH&S in the workplace, including electrical safety.

Properties and Facilities is responsible for maintenance of fixed wiring throughout the University.

Legislation

The control of electrical related health risks in Queensland is detailed in several pieces of legislation, including,

Safety Alerts & Product Recalls

Electrical related safety alerts and product recalls can be found on the Queensland Electrical Safety Office website.