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) St Lucia campus (PDF, 535.2 KB) View the July schedule – Group 1 St Lucia campus - RCD and emergency light testing (PDF, 493.6 KB) View the July schedule – Group 1 St Lucia campus - RCD and emergency light testing (PDF, 466.6 KB) View the August schedule – Group 2 St Lucia campus - RCD and emergency light testing (PDF, 173.1 KB) View the September schedule – Group 3 St Lucia campus - RCD and emergency light testing (PDF, 493.7 KB) View the October schedule - Group 4 St Lucia campus and remote sites - RCD and emergency light testing (PDF, 502.8 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 Precint 2

      Jeremy Moynihan, Client Facility Manager

        St Lucia campus Precint 3

        Craig Schaumburg, Client Facility Manager

        St Lucia campus Precint 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.