Electrical Testing & Tagging

Electrical Testing & Tagging

Each State of Australia currently have different Testing and Tagging legislation, Queensland’s legislation is driven by the QLD Electrical Safety Act 2002 and QLD Electrical Safety Regulations 2013.


Specified electrical equipment and safety switches must be tested in accordance with the intervals determined by the specific class of work.


Class of Work Portable/ specified Electrical Equipment Safety Switches (Fixed) Safety Switches (Portable)
Construction
  • At least every 3 months by a competent person
  • Use the inbuilt test button (At least monthly)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least annually)
  • Inbuilt test button (Immediately after it is connected & before use, first time each day)
  • By a competent personal at least every 3 months
Manufacturing
  • Double Insulated – At least every 12 months by a competent person
  • Not Double Insulated – At least every 6 months by a competent person and connected to a safety switch
  • Use inbuilt test button (At least every 6 months)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least annually)
  • Inbuilt test button (Daily or before each use, which ever is longer)
  • By a competent person at least annually

Effective 1 March 2008, portable safety switches are not to be used in manufacturing work

Service Work
  • At lease annually by a competent person or connected to a safety switch
  • Use inbuilt test button (At least every 6 months)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least annually)
  • Longer test intervals may apply
  • Inbuilt test button (At least every 3 months or before each use, whichever is longer)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least annually)
  • Longer test intervals may apply
Office Work
  • At least 5 yearly by a competent person or connected to a safety switch
  • Use inbuilt test button (At least every 6 months)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least every 2 years)
  • Inbuilt test button (At least every 3 months)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At least every 2 years)
Amusement Work – Electrical Equipment
  • Double Insulated – At least annually by a competent person
  • Not Double Insulated – At least 6 monthly by a competent person and connected to a safety switch
  • Use inbuilt test button (At least every 3 months)
  • Operating time/ current test by a competent person (At lease every 6 months)
  • Longer test intervals may apply
  • Inbuilt test button (Daily or before each use, whichever is longer)
  • By a competent person every 3 months
  • Longer intervals may apply
Amusement Work – Rides/ Devices
  • Inspected and tested each after onsite assembly, and every 6 months
Rural Industry Work – All Plug Equipment
  • Visual examination before each use
Rural Industry Work – Electrical Equipment used under stated electrical risk factors
  • Test and inspected every 12 months or protected with a safety switch
  • Recommended push button test every 3 months
  • Recommended push button test every 3 months
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New Smoke Alarm Legislation from 1 January 2017

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Evidence has been gathered to support that the type, positioning and interconnectedness of smoke alarms are crucial in ensuring the effectiveness of smoke alarms in alerting people to the presence of a fire, and from this evidence the Queensland State Coroner recommended two major changes to the legislation.


These new laws will take into effective from the 1 January 2017 and apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties and properties that are undergoing significant renovations.


The new laws are aimed at protecting lives of every resident by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system, this will mean you will be more rapidly alerted to the presence of a fire in your home.


From 1 January 2017 smoke alarms installed to new homes must be:

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms only (See smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion and react quicker to smouldering fires)
  • Hard wired to the electricity supply
  • Interconnected to every other smoke installed
  • Installed in each bedroom
  • Installed in hallways serving bedrooms; and
  • Installed in the exit path of every storey not containing bedrooms
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