DIY warning signs required for electrical equipment

From 1 July 2011 retailers/wholesalers who are selling particular types of electrical equipment in Queensland must display the new DIY warning signs.

This new initiative aims to address issues that arise from unlicensed- DIY electrical work and the associated electrical safety issues.

What types of items do the DIY warning sign requirements apply to?

It is a requirement that the signage applies to any equipment that must be installed by a licensed electrician under the “Electrical Safety Act 2000”

Types of equipment that require DIY signage include:

  • Fixed-wired electrical equipment such as air conditioners, stoves, ovens, electric hot water systems, ceiling fans, light fittings
  • Electrical accessories like socket outlets, light switches, electrical cable, wall switches, plugs, cord, extension sockets
  • Electrical parts including electrical motors, switches, solenoids, elements

What does the DIY electrical signage look like?

Below is an example of the DIY electrical signage:

How does the warning signage need to be displayed?

As many different items are displayed according to their environments, five different display options have been drafted including:

  1. In close proximity to the point of display of the item
  2. As part of the price tag of the item
  3. On a label attached to the packaging of the item
  4. As part of the packaging of the item
  5. On a label attached to the item

Specific guidelines also apply to online selling, online auctions and locations where there may be a number of signs required.