Electrical Testing at Various UQ Locations During September

16 Aug 2021

Please be advised there will be electrical testing throughout September and as a result there will be power shutdown across various UQ locations.

RCD and Emergency Light Testing

  • 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.


Work Details

Test 1: RCD Testing

  • Loss of power supply to power outlets (RCD testing) from 6.00am to 8.00am (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 6.00am and 3.00pm.
  • 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 6:00am to 8.00am

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.


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 should there be sensitive equipment or specific procedures UQ is obliged to provide 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.


PF Assist

UGL: James Tindall

St Lucia Campus – Precinct 1: Rion Senior

St Lucia Campus – Precinct 2: Jeremy Moynihan

St Lucia Campus – Precinct 3: Shannon Carroll

St Lucia Campus – Precinct 4: Robert Dore

Gatton: Taylor Jeffreys

Remote Sites: Steve Lawler

Questions and feedback:

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