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WORK ON OR NEAR ENERGISEDELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONSNew regulations & code of practicePresented byBuilding and EnergyGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleumNOTE:

LEGISLATIONL2 NEWHeadinghereCommencing from 14 May 2018 Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991- R.55 Code of Practice for Persons Working On or NearEnergised Electrical Installations – published in Gazetteon 1 December 2017 Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996amendedGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

FOR CHANGEL2 JUSTIFICATIONSHeading here No improvement since safe work practices Code waspublished in 2008 Evidence that some EW/ECs are cutting corners Constant reminders about live work dangers and theimportance of isolating circuits are being ignored Lessons from recent investigations / fatalities Too many serious shocks, arc-flash incidents andelectrocutions involve electricians doing work onenergised installationsGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

SAFETY REPORT CARDL2 2016/17Heading hereIncident typeNumberElectrical fatality0Electrical accident17Electric shock1,639Total1,656Accident - means hospitalisation or medical treatment (other than ECG check)GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2REPORTEDHeading here INCIDENT TRENDElectrical incidents in WA – 2007-08 to 2016-17GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2FATALITIESHeading hereWorkplace and non-workplace electrical fatalities in WAGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2ELECTRICALHeading here ACCIDENTSWorkplace and non-workplace electrical accidents in WAGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

FOR CHANGEL2 JUSTIFICATIONSHeading hereGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

FOR CHANGEL2 JUSTIFICATIONSHeading hereGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES (1)Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991New Regulations 54 and 55 cover electrical work on ornear electrical installations R. 55(1) creates an offence if electrical work is carriedout on or near an energised part of an electricalinstallation unless the conditions set out in r. 55(2) aresatisfied.GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES (2) ‘Energised’ in relation to a part of an electricalinstallation, means connected to a supply of electricity tothe part, whether or not electricity is flowing through anypart of that part ‘De-energised’, in relation to a part of an electricalinstallation means separated from each supply ofelectricity to the part in such a way that the part cannotbe inadvertently energised;GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES (3) ‘Near’ does not refer to any given distance. If anuninsulated energised part can be reached by a person’shand or by anything in contact with a person working inthe area, or a conducting object could be dropped on toan uninsulated energised part, that person is ‘near’.GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES (4)R. 55(2) provides for work on energised installations if: A risk assessment has been completed by a competent personfamiliar with the task; and The person is satisfied that –o There is no reasonable alternative to carrying out the work while thepart of the installation is live; ando The risks identified are or can be reduced to as low as reasonablypracticable; ando The work can be carried out safely; ando A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for the work has beencompleted complying with R. 3.143(4) of the OSH Regulations 1996;ando Suitable personal protective equipment and safety equipment are used.GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES (5) The risk assessment must not be superficial The ‘competent person’, in relation to the doing ofanything, means a person who has acquired throughtraining, qualification, or experience, or a combinationof those things, the knowledge and skills required todo that thing competentlyGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

REGULATION CHANGES (6). Electrical contractors and in-house electricalinstallation work licence holders may develop genericsafe work method statements (SWMS) for the morecommon types of electrical work they carry out. Generic SWMS forms must be customised for eachindividual premises by identifying the work tasks, siteand the when the work is to be carried outGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGESR. 55(3) provides justifications to support a decision toperform electrical work on, or near energised parts: For the work to be carried out effectively; or Otherwise the health and safety of one or morepersons would be put in imminent and significantdanger; or In order to test, measure the performance of, ordetect or locate faults or defects in part of theinstallationGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGES ‘Effectively’ needs careful consideration of the worksite circumstances and the function of the electricalcircuit or equipment involved. Work near energised parts is permissible if ratedbarriers are installed to prevent contact. Installing such barriers could be work on energisedparts and may require de-energisation during theirinstallationGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 REGULATIONHeading here CHANGESR. 55(4) creates an offence if an EC or an in-houselicensee carries out or causes electrical work to be carriedout under r. 55(2) unless they ensure that – The work is carried out in accordance with theSWMS; and If not, the work stops and does not resume until theSWMS is complied with; and The safety and personal protective equipment isused properly by each person carrying out the workGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 Heading hereCODE OF PRACTICE FOR PERSONSWORKING ON OR NEAR ENERGISEDELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONSGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

PRACTICE (1)L2 CODEHeadingOFhere It provides more detailed information about R.55compliance The Code applies to all work on electrical equipmentoperating at low but not to ELV or work on the fournetwork operators’ distribution networks A copy of the Code is available on the EnergySafetywebsiteGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

PRACTICE (2)L2 CODEHeadingOFhere Clause 3 of the Code provides information about thepersons collectively responsible for ensuring electricalwork is carried out under de-energised conditions inall circumstances except as permitted by R.55 Those persons are essentially the duty holdersdescribed in the Occupational Safety and HealthRegulations 1996GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

PRACTICE (3)L2 CODEHeadingOFhere The Code includes a SWMS template sample If you are using your own SWMS design for theOSHR you can continue to use it to satisfy bothpurposes. Some adjustment might be necessary for specificelectrical work tasks and sitesGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

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CODEOFPRACTICE(5)L2 Heading hereCode compliance may be achieved byfollowing another method utilising soundrisk management practices if the alternativeprovides an equivalent or superior standardof electrical safety.GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

L2 Heading hereOccupational Safety and HealthRegulations 1996New regulations 3.59A and 3.59BGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

OSHREGULATIONS(1)L2 Heading hereR.3.59A - Electrical Work Requires duty holders to ensure that before electricalwork* is carried out on a part of an installation the partis tested by a competent person to ascertain if it isenergised or not and if energised to arrange for acompetent person to de-energise it.*does not apply to electrical work performedunder R.55(2) of the E(L)R 1991GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

OSHREGULATIONS(2)L2 Heading hereR.3.59B. - Work In Roof Spaces requires, before any work is carried out in the roof space ofa residential premises, that all energised equipment(including cables) are de-energised by a competent person.A roof space is immediately under the roof. Not all buildingshave ceilings. If there is a ceiling, it is the space between it andthe roof but does not include any habitable rooms in this space.Buildings affected are Class 1, Class 2 or Class 10a under theBuilding Regulations 2012 (i.e. residential only)GovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

OSHREGULATIONS(3)L2 Heading hereR.3.59B(5) – exceptions allowed May remain energised to the extent required fortesting, servicing or commissioning appliances(e.g. gas heater, air conditioner, antenna) But only after:– a risk assessment; and– preparation of a SWMS; and– the competent person is satisfied the work can beperformed safelyGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

NEWTECHNOLOGY&RISKSL2 Heading hereBattery Energy Storage Systems – BESS These devices can have output terminals up to 600 V dc Batteries can deliver huge fault currents and Arc flashtemperatures from such faults can approach thetemperature of the surface of the sunGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

NEWTECHNOLOGY&RISKSL2 Heading hereSolar panels The output terminals of each panel will be live duringdaylight unless the panel is covered with a lightblocking material Changing the roof-top DC isolator is energised work ifseries-connected panels produce at LVGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

CUSTOMER/CLIENTRELATIONSL2 Heading here Warn them at the outset turning off the electricalsupply will be required to be de-energised Ask about risks they will incur if the power is off Work with them to plan the best and leastinconvenient time for the workGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

BUILDING&ENERGYASSISTANCEL2 Heading here Work with Electrical Contractors to apply thenew regulations Provide a letter from Director of Energy Safetyfor electrical workers to give to customers andclients to explain the new regulationsGovernmentGovernment ofof WesternWestern AustraliaAustralia DepartmentDepartment ofof MinesMines andand PetroleumPetroleum

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Too many serious shocks, arc-flash incidents and electrocutions involve electricians doing work on energised installations JUSTIFICATIONS FOR CHANGE . Government of Western Australia Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and PetroleumDepartment of Mines and Petroleum