DIY warning signs required for electrical equipment

Retailers and wholesalers selling particular types of electrical equipment to the public in Queensland must display DIY warning signs from 1 July 2011.

The new laws were developed in consultation with the retail industry and aim to address the long-standing electrical safety issues of unlicensed and do-it-yourself electrical work.

In 2004 a non-regulatory approach was introduced via a voluntary code of conduct developed in conjunction with key industry groups. Participation by business was initially good; however, over time retail arrangements have changed, resulting in inconsistencies in the way electrical safety information is conveyed to consumers.

The new DIY warning sign requirements apply to face-to-face and online selling of electrical goods in Queensland and penalties apply for failing to comply. The Electrical Safety Office (ESO) has more information about the changes at www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au including:

– examples of electrical goods that will require a DIY warning sign to be displayed;
– DIY warning sign details including the prescribed symbol and wording;
– how to correctly display a DIY warning sign; and
– DIY warning sign templates for downloading.

To help ensure your business is ready for the commencement of these new requirements by 1 July 2011, please visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call 1300 650 662 for information and assistance about DIY warning signs.