New restrictions on working live

NECA Safety wishes to advise ECA WA members of the recent newsletter from Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) highlighting new restrictions on working on or near energised equipment.

The Electricity (Licensing) Amendment Regulations (No. 2), published in November 2017, does 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 an installation may occur in accordance with Regulation 55 of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.

This change to regulations applies from 14 May 2018.

What does this mean?

NECA Safety advises that;

  • Live work should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
  • If unavoidable a Safe Work Method Statement is required along with a task/site specific risk assessment.
  • Controls need to be implemented to prevent inadvertent contact with any live equipment that can be reached by a person or anything in contact with a person working in the area or a conductive object that could be dropped onto a live part.

Note: Regulation 3.59B of the WA OSH Regulations 1996 has been added so that all trades or workers accessing residential energised roof spaces must ensure the building’s electrical installation is de-energised by a person competent to do so.

Access NECA WA's FREE Working Live Pack

Contact NECA Safety today to access your FREE Working Live Pack that enables compliance with the new restrictions. The pack includes:

  1. Electricity (Licensing) Regulations Amendment  (No2) 2017
  2. Occupational Safety & Health Regulations Amendment 2017
  3. WA Code of Practice - 'Persons working on or near energised electrical installations'
  4. WA Guidelines - 'Working in roof spaces'
  5. List of 19 High Risk Work Activities requiring Safe Work Method Statements
  6. Safe Work Method Statement - 'Working on or near energised LV electrical installations'
  7. Job Safety Analysis Template
  8. Site Specific Risk Assessment Form for current HSEQ system users
  9. Toolbox Talk - 'Persons working on or near energised LV electrical installations'

Phone NECA Safety on (08) 6241 6100 or email osh@ecawa.org.au to access your Working Live Pack and for further information on how to ensure that you comply with these important new regulations.

Click here to view the FAQs from Building and Energy

Click here to view the PPT presentation from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety