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Electrical safety for tenants and property owners

New guidance for tenants and property owners about electrical safety in rental properties is now available.

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites was published on 4 November 2019. The new edition contains several changes from the 2010 edition.

Electrical licensing disciplinary action

The Electrical Licensing Committee has disqualified an electrical worker from holding an electrical work or contractor licence for five years.

Electrical Licensing Committee September 2019 disciplinary outcomes

During September 2019, the Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings against five licence holders.

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies – we need your help!

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies in particular should keep an eye out for Dielle YK78 Model Residual Current Device (RCD) recalled by the supplier due to a risk of electrical fire and electric shock.

New standard for renewable energy battery storage installations

AS/NZS 5139 Electrical installations—Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment outlines safety requirements for installation of renewable energy battery storage equipment.

Electrical worker loses licence for 10 years

The Electrical Licensing Committee disqualified a negligent electrical contractor from holding an electrical work licence for a period of 10 years. The electrical sole trader was previously directed by the committee to undergo an assessment of his competency under section 64c of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 and was deemed competent in June 2019. After the assessment, the committee received new referrals in July 2019 of electrical work performed in multiple locations that had multiple serious defects, breaches against AS/NZ3000 and exposed live terminals, placing people and property at serious risk from electric shock.

Electricity Safety Week 2019

That’s a wrap on another successful Electricity Safety Week! The week is a reminder to stay safe when working and living around electricity – it’s a time to focus on electrical safety at work, at home and in the community. Check out the highlights of the week, watch two new films and enter our competition.

Safety audits of plumbing businesses performing electrical work

Plumbers who perform electrical work under their QBCC trade contractor licence are deemed to hold an electrical contractor licence. The Electrical Safety Office is auditing plumbers performing restricted electrical work as part of their business to ensure they are meeting their electrical safety duties.

Segregation of telecommunications and electrical cabling

Electrical contractors, electrical workers and metering providers involved in the roll out of smart meters must ensure that antenna/communication wiring systems are suitably segregated from electrical wiring in accordance with the Wiring Rules.

Switchboard arc flash burns prompt urgent safety warning

Following yet another arc flash injury caused by failing to test a circuit before work started in a switchboard, the Electrical Safety Office is issuing an urgent callout to electrical workers - it’s time to reset your safety focus and test before you touch.

Risk from battery powered devices mounted near electrical equipment

Battery powered devices such as energy monitoring systems, timeclocks or communication equipment, if not maintained, can leak an alkaline substance onto equipment located below, creating a potential electric shock hazard and damaging equipment.

New Electrical Equipment Safety System website

The Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which regulates the safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, has a new website at EESS.gov.au.

Electrical contractor licence details in advertising

Electrical contractors must include their registered name and licence number when advertising their business. Using the Electrical Safety Office online licence register, these details allows consumers to confirm the business is licensed and that the licence is current.

Safety observers essential for live electrical work

A safety observer must be used when there is no reasonable alternative to performing energised electrical work (live work). The only exception to not requiring a safety observer is when the live work consists only of testing and a risk assessment shows there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.

Electrical Licensing Committee disciplinary outcomes

During March and April 2019, the Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings against four licence holders.

New electrical contractor licence eligibility requirements

New eligibility requirements for qualified technical persons and qualified business persons are now in full effect and apply to all new electrical contractor licence applications.

Pump importer prosecuted for Townsville electrocution death

Two years after a woman was electrocuted by a submersible pump installed in the backyard well of a Townsville home, the importer and online seller of the pump has been fined $1.2 million for failing to meet his obligations under electrical safety laws.

Electrical safety training for solar farms

Subsidised training is available to upskill workers in preparation for the new code of practice and electrical safety regulation that will commence this month to enhance safety in Queensland’s commercial solar farm industry. The Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 comes into effect on 13 May 2019.

Take care with switchboard wiring

Electrical workers and contractors should take care when locating meter wiring and other cables in switchboards. The clearance between hinged escutcheon panels and the neutral and earth links on some switchboards can be quite small.

Safety first for Queensland’s booming solar farm industry

A new code of practice and electrical safety regulations will commence next month to enhance safety in the growing commercial solar farm industry. The Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 comes into effect on 13 May 2019.

$100,000 fine for Airtasker fake electrician

A man who posed as a qualified electrician to get work in homes around south-east Queensland has been fined $100,000 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Electrical safety on solar farms

The Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) have been auditing and investigating incidents on Queensland solar farms. 30 solar farms have been visited over the last 12 months with 67 notices issued.

Unterminated cables can cause electric shock

Live unterminated cables are a serious risk to everyone, not just electrical workers. These cables are often the result of someone failing to ensure all electrical equipment in an installation has been connected. Live unterminated cables can often remain undetected as the usual electrical tests may not always identify them. This is why your visual inspection is essential, and why the Wiring Rules requires it to be performed before conducting further tests.

Priority infringeable offences (on-the-spot fines)

Electrical contractors, workers, business owners and others with health and safety duties should make themselves familiar with a new policy outlining how inspectors enforce safety laws – and the issues on which they will particularly focus.

Work safely with asbestos in switchboards during flood clean up

If you're working on switchboard panels and meter boards during flood clean-up, remember they may contain asbestos if they were constructed or imported before 2004.

Documented testing procedures and test reports

The Electrical Licensing Committee reminds contractors to ensure electrical work is inspected and tested correctly. In recent disciplinary hearings, the committee found there were no formalised testing procedures or documented test records.

Electrical apprentices must be supervised during flood recovery work

During flood recovery activity in North Queensland, Electrical Safety Office inspectors have come across several instances where electrical apprentices are performing electrical work without adequate supervision.

The North Queensland flood register - tradies sign up now

The North QLD Flood Register will allow flood affected home owners to search for licensed contractors who are available to help with repairs, to make homes safe, secure and habitable.

Test before you touch

As we start the New Year it is a good time to remind all electrical workers to always test before you touch. Treat every circuit or piece of electrical equipment as live until tested and proven not to be live.

Last updated
13 September 2019

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