RCD testing at various US sites

14 Mar 2022

Please be advised there will be power shutdowns to perform RCD and emergency light testing undertaken by UGL. This is a requirement under the Electrical Safety Act 2002.

Affected Areas


  • Start: Friday 1 April 2022
  • Finish: Sunday 1 May 2022
  • When:
    • RCD: 6:00am to 8:00am
    • Emergency light testing: 6:00am to 3:00pm (test will be for a duration of 90min and will only effect emergency lights)


Defect Liability Periods

  • If there are any buildings in this month’s schedule that are under defects liability period, please notify UGL 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 notify UGL 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.

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 emergency lighting circuits between 6.00am and 3.00pm.
  • During Exit and Emergency lighting tests disruptions will be kept to a minimum,
  • However, in some cases due to the 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 Andy Sumner.


PF Assist

Maintenance Contract Manager – Andrew Sumner

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

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience during this time. For more information on campus shutdowns, disruptions and road closures please refer to the Property and Facilities Division Road and buildings works page.

Questions and feedback:

PF Assist
Property and Facilities