National WHS regulations – safe work Australia

Safe Work Australia is the national policy body responsible for the development and evaluation of the model Work Health and Safety laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing work health and safety laws in their jurisdictions.

MANAGING ELECTRICAL RISKS IN THE WORKPLACE is the Code of Practice that relates to the risk assessment and testing of electrical equipment.

SCOPE AND APPLICATION


This Code provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on managing electrical risks in the workplace. It applies to all workplaces where a person is conducting a business or undertaking or a PCBU:

  • has management or control of electrical equipment, including electrical installations
  • carries out electrical work on or near energised electrical equipment, including electrical installations.

This Code also applies to construction and demolition sites, except if a requirement of the Code is dealt with in AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical installations—Construction and demolition sites. In that case you must comply with AS/NZS 3012:2010.Further information about construction work can be found in the Code of Practice:

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/managing-electrical-risks-in-the-workplace
http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/model-whs-regulations
http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/722/Electrical-Risks.pdf

National WHS Regulations have been enacted in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS and NT. It is anticipated WA will adopt the new legislation shortly.

The Victorian government has stated that it will not be adopting this new legislation. Instead they will use Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 which details the duties of employers and those who have management or control of a workplace in providing a safe workplace. In order to satisfy electrical safety duty of care, Worksafe are actively enforcing the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace.

NSW

In order to satisfy electrical safety “duty of care”, NSW is recommending the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)

Fact sheet – electrical risks in the workplace – http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/electrical-risks-fact-sheet-3980.pdf
RCD testing requirements – http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/newlegislation2012/health-and-safety-topics/electrical-safety/Pages/residual-current-devices.aspx
Managing Electrical Risks in the workplace – Code of Practice – http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/managing-electrical-risks-code-practice-3836.pdf

QLD

In order to satisfy electrical safety “duty of care”, Queensland (Attorney General and minister for Justice) recommend the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)
Electrical safety regulation 2013 – https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/SLS/2013/13SL213.pdf
Managing Electrical Risks in the workplace – Code of Practice – http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/25404/es-code-of-practice-risk-management.pdf

Media release – Clayton UTZ – http://www.claytonutz.com/publications/edition/6_february_2014/20140206/avoid_risk_of_shock_now_that_queensland_electrical_safety_reforms_take_effect.page

VIC

The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 details the duties of employers and those who have management or control of a workplace in providing a safe workplace.
In order to satisfy electrical safety duty of care, Worksafe are actively enforcing the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace.
RCD’s (safety switches save lives) http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/Portals/0/Safety%20Switches%20Save%20Lives.pdf

SA

In order to satisfy electrical safety “duty of care”, Safe Work SA are recommending the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)
http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=113702#.VAVTCsWSz74
http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/CoPManagingElectricalRisksWorkplace.pdf

ACT

In order to satisfy electrical safety duty of care, The ACT are recommending the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2012-430/default.asp

WA

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https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/guide-testing-and-tagging-portable-electrical-equipment-and-residual-current-devices.pdf

Tasmania

In order to satisfy electrical safety duty of care, Safe Work – Tasmania are recommending the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)
http://worksafe.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/203604/managing_electrical_risks_code.pdf

NT

In order to satisfy electrical safety duty of care, Safe Work are recommending the testing and tagging of portable electrical appliances and RCD’s in the workplace under the safe work Australia. (Model work health and safety regulations) and (Code of Practice – managing Electrical risks in the workplace)
http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/Bulletins/HealthAndSafetyTopics/Electrical/05.01.03.pdf

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