Public Consultation – Worksafe Draft Code on Managing Electrical Risks
The WA Work Health and Safety Commission is seeking public comment on a new draft code of practice on managing electrical risks in the workplace.
Public comment on the draft code of practice is open from Friday, 11 August 2023 until 5pm on Friday, 3 November, 2023.
The purpose of the code is to help a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to manage electrical risks in the workplace and it applies to all workplaces where a PCBU has management or control of electrical equipment, including electrical installations.
A workplace includes a fishing vessel, or aquaculture site.
The draft code provides guidance on the risk management process, specific electrical hazards and controls, working de-energised, working near energised electrical parts, working in roof spaces, tools and equipment, high voltage electrical work and electricity in mines.
While the code will provide general guidance to help a PCBU meet their obligations under the WHS Act, electrical work is covered under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (ELR) and regulated by Building and Energy (Government department).
A PCBU, or a worker conducting electrical work, must comply with the requirements of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (ELR) and the guidance material developed by the Department of Building and Energy.
The objective of this proposed draft code is to promote practical preventative strategies to improve the working environment of Western Australians.
The Work Health and Safety Commission is calling for public comment on the draft code of practice from today until 5pm WST on Friday, 3 November, 2023.
The draft code of practice on managing electrical risks in the workplace is available here, along with a feedback template that can be used to submit comments.
Send your comments to [email protected].