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Contents (2011 - 674)
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Repealed version for 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017 (accessed 15 December 2017 at 05:54)
Chapter 4 Part 4.7 Division 4
Division 4 Electrical work on energised electrical equipment
152   Application of Division 4
This Division does not apply to work carried out:
(a)  by or on behalf of an electricity supply authority on the electrical equipment, including electric line-associated equipment, controlled or operated by the authority to generate, transform, transmit or supply electricity, or
(b)  by a person accredited to provide contestable services within the meaning of Part 3 of the Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014, but only while the accredited person is providing the contestable services or carrying out other work authorised by an electricity supply authority.
153   Persons conducting a business or undertaking to which this Division applies
In this Division (except clauses 156, 159 and 160), a reference to a person conducting a business or undertaking in relation to electrical work is a reference to the person conducting the business or undertaking who is carrying out the electrical work.
154   Electrical work on energised electrical equipment—prohibited
Subject to this Division, a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work is not carried out on electrical equipment while the equipment is energised.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
155   Duty to determine whether equipment is energised
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that, before electrical work is carried out on electrical equipment, the equipment is tested by a competent person to determine whether or not it is energised.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
Note.
 Clause 157 allows electrical testing to be carried out on electrical equipment for the purposes of this clause. Clause 161 sets out how the testing is to be carried out.
(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that:
(a)  each exposed part is treated as energised until it is isolated and determined not to be energised, and
(b)  each high-voltage exposed part is earthed after being de-energised.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
156   De-energised equipment must not be inadvertently re-energised
A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical equipment that has been de-energised to allow electrical work to be carried out on it is not inadvertently re-energised while the work is being carried out.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
157   Electrical work on energised electrical equipment—when permitted
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is not carried out unless:
(a)  it is necessary in the interests of health and safety that the electrical work is carried out on the equipment while the equipment is energised, or
Example.
 It may be necessary that life-saving equipment remain energised and operating while electrical work is carried out on the equipment.
(b)  it is necessary that the electrical equipment to be worked on is energised in order for the work to be carried out properly, or
(c)  it is necessary for the purposes of testing required under clause 155, or
(d)  there is no reasonable alternative means of carrying out the work.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(2)  The electrical work that may be carried out under subclause (1) (a), (b) and (d) may include testing of the energised electrical equipment.
158   Preliminary steps
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure the following before electrical work on energised electrical equipment commences:
(a)  a risk assessment is conducted in relation to the proposed electrical work,
(b)  the area where the electrical work is to be carried out is clear of obstructions so as to allow for easy access and exit,
(c)  the point at which the electrical equipment can be disconnected or isolated from its electricity supply is:
(i)  clearly marked or labelled, and
(ii)  clear of obstructions so as to allow for easy access and exit by the worker who is to carry out the electrical work or any other competent person, and
(iii)  capable of being operated quickly,
(d)  the person authorises the electrical work after consulting with the person with management or control of the workplace.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(2)  For the purposes of subclause (1) (a), the risk assessment must be:
(a)  conducted by a competent person, and
(b)  recorded.
Note.
 Clause 12 permits risk assessments to be conducted, in certain circumstances, in relation to a class of hazards, tasks, things or circumstances.
(3)  Subclause (1) (c) does not apply to electrical work on electrical equipment if:
(a)  the work is to be carried out on the supply side of the main switch on the main switchboard for the equipment, and
(b)  the point at which the equipment can be disconnected from its electricity supply is not reasonably accessible from the work location.
159   Unauthorised access to equipment being worked on
A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that only persons authorised by the person conducting the business or undertaking enter the immediate area in which electrical work on energised electrical equipment is being carried out.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
160   Contact with equipment being worked on
A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that, while electrical work is being carried out on energised electrical equipment, all persons are prevented from creating an electrical risk by inadvertently making contact with an exposed energised component of the equipment.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
161   How the work is to be carried out
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is carried out:
(a)  by a competent person who has tools, testing equipment and personal protective equipment that:
(i)  are suitable for the work, and
(ii)  have been properly tested, and
(iii)  are maintained in good working order, and
(b)  in accordance with a safe work method statement prepared for the work, and
(c)  subject to subclause (5), with a safety observer present who has the competence and qualifications specified in subclause (4).
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(2)  The person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the person who carries out the electrical work uses the tools, testing equipment and personal protective equipment properly.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(3)  For the purposes of subclause (1) (b), the safe work method statement must:
(a)  identify the electrical work, and
(b)  specify hazards associated with that electrical work and risks associated with those hazards, and
(c)  describe the measures to be implemented to control the risks, and
(d)  describe how the risk control measures are to be implemented, monitored and reviewed.
(4)  For the purposes of subclause (1) (c):
(a)  the safety observer must be competent:
(i)  to implement control measures in an emergency, and
(ii)  to rescue and resuscitate the worker who is carrying out the work, if necessary, and
(b)  the safety observer must have been assessed in the previous 12 months as competent to rescue and resuscitate a person.
(5)  A safety observer is not required if:
(a)  the work consists only of testing, and
(b)  the person conducting the business or undertaking has conducted a risk assessment under clause 158 (1) (a) that shows that there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.
162   Record keeping
(1)  This clause applies if a person conducting a business or undertaking prepares:
(a)  a risk assessment under clause 158, or
(b)  a safe work method statement under clause 161.
(2)  Subject to subclause (3), the person must keep:
(a)  a copy of the risk assessment until at least 28 days after the work to which it relates is completed, and
(b)  a copy of the safe work method statement until the work to which it relates is completed.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$1,250, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$6,000.
(3)  If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the work to which the assessment or statement relates, the person must keep the assessment or statement (as applicable) for at least 2 years after the incident occurs.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$1,250, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$6,000.
(4)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or statement must be kept under this clause, a copy is readily accessible to any worker engaged by the person to carry out electrical work to which the assessment or statement relates.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$3,600, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$18,000.
(5)  The person must ensure that, for the period for which the assessment or statement must be kept under this clause, a copy is available for inspection under the Act.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$1,250, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$6,000.