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Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is an unsafe practice and too frequently results in burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians and other workers. This is clearly unacceptable.
The Electricity (Licensing) Amendment Regulations (No. 2), published in November 2017, do not permit electrical work to be performed on or near an exposed energised part of an electrical installation that can be de-energised. Work on energised parts of installation may occur in accordance with Regulation 55 of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.
This change to regulations applies from 14 May 2018.
Electricity (Licensing) Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2017 www.parliament.wa.gov.au
Regulation 55 limits performing work on or near live electrical equipment to circumstances only where:
Building and Energy has developed a Code of Practice for persons working on or near energised electrical installations to assist electrical workers to comply with the new regulations.
View the Code and frequently asked questions
Code of Practice for Persons working on or near energised electrical installations
NOTE: This new Code of Practice replaces the document “Code of Practice – Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians” published by the Director of Energy Safety in 2008.
WorkCover NSW has released an electrical safety video outlining some simple steps to follow when working with electricity to ensure you and your workers remain safe.
If you work with electricity, do not work live.
Electrical safety video - Don't work livewww.youtube.com/watch?v=AuWAF3h7jrc
Persons performing any work in premises with an electricity supply must be aware of the potential significant hazards associated with live electrical equipment.
In particular, there are a number of possible electrical hazards in roof spaces that are a danger to any person, workers or occupier, when entering a roof space. These hazards include:
The Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Regulations, published in November 2017, do not permit work to be performed on or near an exposed energised part of an electrical installation, unless:
This change to the OSH regulations applies from 14 May 2018.
Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Regulations 2017 www.parliament.wa.gov.au
A guidance note for working in roof spaces has been prepared by WorkSafe and issued by the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
This guidance note applies to all employers of workers and workers performing work for reward in the roof spaces of buildings constructed or used as residential buildings. It applies to all type of work requiring access to the roof space such as carpentry, plumbing, pest control, installation of ceiling insulation, solar panels, air conditioning systems, security systems and builders in general. It also applies to electrical work.
Read the guidance note
Building and Energy has prepared a letter signed by the Director of Energy Safety to inform electricity customers about the new laws, which strictly limit work on or near energised electrical equipment to exceptional circumstances. Electrical contractors and electricians are encouraged to provide a copy of this letter to their customers when quoting and performing electrical work.
Download the letter here to provide to your customer