Electricity is a constant hazard in the workplace with the risk to potentially injure or kill a person.
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU – the new term that includes employers) has a duty to ensure that any risk of injury from electricity at a place of work is eliminated or, if this is not reasonably practicable, controlled.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) provides definitions for:
The WHS Regulation also sets out specific requirements for:
There are additional duties for PCBU using electrical equipment and installations on construction and demolition sites. These PCBUs must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites.
The Electrical practices - construction and demolition sites and Electrical risks at the workplace fact sheets provides more information.
The draft code of practice Managing electrical risks at the workplace model-copprovides more information about electrical work and risk controls.
Call 13 10 50 for more information about electrical safety.