Is your electrical equipment safe?

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

Is your electrical equipment safe?

Inspections will be carried out by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office to ensure that electrical equipment in hazardous areas is electrically safe.

The Electrical Safety Office said it will be taking action if it finds unmanaged fire and explosion risks at work sites.

This action could include compliance notices or immediately prohibiting the use of electrical equipment in hazardous areas until risk controls are implemented and verified.

According to the Electrical Safety Office, there is an increased risk of fire and explosion when electrical equipment is installed in hazardous areas (a three-dimensional space in which an explosive atmosphere is or may be expected to be present or form).

It has advised businesses to ensure that any electrical equipment installed in hazardous areas is electrically safe. This includes selection, installation, inspection and maintenance programs. All electrical equipment in these areas must be installed by competent licensed electrical workers and inspected by Queensland Electrical Safety Accredited Auditors.

View the hazardous areas webpage to find out more, including a list of common industries with hazardous areas.

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