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Electrical Safety

Transitional Arrangements

Where the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 impose a new or significantly modified duty, a transitional period is provided to allow duty holders time to comply.

Regulation 164- Use of residual current devices in hostile operating environments, has a 12 month transitional period.

In addition Regulation 712 allows the recognition of previous electrical inspection and testing records (Regulation 712; relevant to Regulation 150)- where those records where consistent with the requirements in the revoked OHS Regulations (Regulation 55).


Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Managing electrical risks in the workplace has been developed and approved to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on managing electrical risks in the workplace. It applies to all workplaces where a person conducting a business or undertaking:

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


Working safely near overhead powerlines

There are many hazards associated with working near powerlines. Electricity can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury or even death.



Working safely near overhead powerlines
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