RCD and emergency light testing update

4 Jun 2020

Under the Electrical Safety Act 2002, there is a statutory requirement for RCD trip testing and emergency light testing to be undertaken. This testing will be undertaken by UGL.


  • Start: June 2020
  • Finish: November 2020
  • Times: 6am to 8am

View the June schedule – Gatton campus (PDF, 514.9 KB) View the June schedule – QBP (80) (PDF, 535.2 KB) View the July schedule – Group 1 - St Lucia campus (PDF, 493.6 KB) View the July schedule – Group 1 - St Lucia campus (PDF, 466.6 KB) View the August schedule – Group 2 - St Lucia campus (PDF, 173.1 KB) View the September schedule – Group 3 - St Lucia campus (PDF, 493.7 KB) View the October schedule - Group 4 - St Lucia campus and remote sites (PDF, 502.8 KB)

View the November schedule - Group 5 - St Lucia campus and remote sites (PDF, 176.3 KB)

View the November schedule - Group 5 - Long Pocket campus (PDF, 152.2 KB)

Work details

Test 1: RCD testing


Loss of power supply to power outlets (RCD testing) from 6am to 8am (barring any failures). 


The work will involve loss of power to power points, other equipment (including computer servers) and lighting. Please ensure to turn off computers or other electrical devices when there is a power outage.

The loss of power will be for approximately 10 to 20 minutes. If non-conforming devices are found, the power outage time may increase due to the time required to replace the defective device.

Test 2: Emergency lighting testing


Loss of power supply to lighting circuits between 6am and 3pm.


During Exit and Emergency lighting tests disruptions will be kept to a minimum, but in some cases due to the current building design only emergency lighting will be available for the duration of the test (generally 90 minutes).

Test 3: Thermoscanning

Non-invasive test with no power shutdown.

Test 4: Emergency stop

Loss of power supply to all circuits managed by the E-stop from 6am to 8am.

Test 5: Generator black test (5.30am to 6am)

Typically a complete loss of power to the entire building whilst generator starts, followed by a re-energisation of essential circuits. Test duration will be 30 minutes, after which mains power will be reinstated.

Defect liability periods

If there are any buildings in this month’s schedule that are under defects liability period, please contact UGL and notify them immediately. Failure to do so may result in testing going ahead in those areas, along with the cost associated with it and any repairs required.

Sensitive equipment

If there is any sensitive equipment, or specific procedures to be followed, in the buildings in this month’s schedule, please contact UGL and notify them immediately.

Please note that you should have sensitive equipment or specific procedures to provide to a representative to assist with testing.

UGL are not liable for any damages to sensitive equipment where they have not been notified of requirements related to that equipment.

Program changes

Any requests to change the attached program are to be communicated to the UGL staff below in writing prior to the date of testing.

Acceptance of any changes will be supported by confirmation in writing from UGL staff once changes have been implemented.

Any changes to the program that cause UQ assets to be outside of their scheduled compliance testing will require prior approval from Glenn Vickery.


For any questions or concerns you may have regarding this schedule, please contact the relevant parties below.

PF Assist


Douglas Davidson

James Tindall

St Lucia Campus Precinct 1

Rion Senior,  Client Facility Manager

St Lucia Campus Precinct 2

Jeremy Moynihan, Client Facility Manager 

St Lucia campus Precinct 3

Craig Schaumburg, Client Facility Manager

St Lucia campus Precinct 4

Robert Dore, Client Facility Manager


Scott Lennon, Client Facility Manager

Remote sites

Steve Lawler, Client Facility Manager


Mitchell Obst, Client Facility Coordinator

Long Pocket

Nahendran Subramanian, Project Improvement Officer

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

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