Electrical Warning Signs
From 1 July 2011, all businesses that sell non plug-in electrical equipment to the public must not sell such items unless a ‘Don’t DIY’ warning sign is displayed for the item. 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.
Products that will attract the signage are those requiring electrical work to be performed for the correct operation of the product to perform as designed. These include fixed-wired electrical equipment, such as split-system air conditioners, stoves, ovens, electric hot water systems and ceiling fans.
The signage will also need to be displayed for electrical accessories and electrical parts, such as power points, light switches, re-wireable electrical plugs and sockets, motors and solenoids.
Five display options exist for the new signs, which require the sign to be displayed in close proximity to the point of display of the item, as part of the price tag of the item, on a label attached to the packaging or the actual item, as part of the packaging of the item, or on a label attached to the item.
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.