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New electrical equipment safety system in place

A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) was implemented in Queensland on 1 March, 2013 to improve household electrical equipment safety.

The system changes the regulatory requirements for businesses that import, manufacture or sell ‘in-scope’ electrical equipment (generally low voltage equipment rated 50 Vac to 1000 Vac and designed or marketed for household or personal use).

For importers and manufacturers, this means that in-scope electrical equipment sold in Queensland must be linked to a registered responsible supplier who must ensure their products are electrically safe and meet prescribed standards.

For retailers and wholesalers, it will be an offence to sell in-scope electrical equipment that is not linked to a registered responsible supplier.

A publicly searchable national database of electrical equipment will be available and all in-scope equipment will be marked with a single compliance mark. This will allow a simpler system for industry to mark equipment as compliant to requirements while still enabling it to be easily traced. The compliance marking program has a three year phase in period for suppliers and five years for sellers.

Businesses or individuals with current valid certificates will still be recognised until the certificate expires as long as they are registered on the national database. Importers and on-shore manufacturers will need to register as responsible suppliers before 1 September 2013.

For more information, visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call the Electrical Safety Infoline on 1300 650 662.

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Last reviewed
4 March 2013
Last updated
5 November 2015

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