Call for public comment on managing electrical risks code of practice

The Work Health and Safety Commission is seeking public comment on a new draft code of practice on managing electrical risks in the workplace.

The purpose of the code is to help a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to manage electrical risks in the workplace, and it applies to all workplaces where a PCBU has management or control of electrical equipment, including electrical installations.

It provides guidance on the risk management process, specific electrical hazards and controls, working de-energised, working near energised electrical parts, working in roof spaces, tools and equipment, high voltage electrical work and electricity in mines.

While the code will provide general guidance to help a PCBU meet their obligations under the WHS Act, electrical work is covered under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (ELR) and regulated by Building and Energy.

A PCBU or worker conducting electrical work must comply with the requirements of the ELR and the guidance material developed by Building and Energy.

The objective of this code is to promote practical preventative strategies to improve the working environment of Western Australians.

The Work Health and Safety Commission is calling for public comment on the draft code of practice from today until 5.00pm WST on Friday, November 3, 2023.

The draft code of practice on managing electrical risks in the workplace is available at our public consultation page, along with a feedback template that can be used to submit comments to

Media Contact: Caroline De Vaney, 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media queries only).

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Media release
11 Aug 2023

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