The new Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 commences on 1 January 2014 and replaces the Electrical Safety Regulation 2002.
- New provisions that reference the general risk management provisions of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
- Key terms such as duty, person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and the regulator are used.
- Renumbering of sections and parts for the Regulation
- Adoption of the model WHS Regulation provisions for live work but requirements are consistent with the 2002 regulation.
- Risk assessments are still required before performing live work.
- Work must be carried out in accordance with a safe work method statement (SWMS) instead of a safe system. Transitional provisions will preserve existing documented safe systems of work and are taken to be the SWMS from 1 January 2014.
- Safety observers must be assessed as competent for rescue and resuscitation procedures during the previous 12 months (changing from six months in the 2002 regulation).
- The requirement for rescue and resuscitation for workers who perform or assist in performing electrical work remains unchanged.
- A new requirement for PCBUs to ensure electrical equipment is de-energised before electrical work is carried out and making sure that it cannot be inadvertently re-energised.
- High voltage live line work is unchanged, except high voltage live line work management plans which now refer to Australian Standards (replacing the withdrawn Energy Networks Association (ENA) guidelines).
- Mandatory six monthly testing and maintenance of test instruments and safety equipment is now addressed in the new code (with reference to manufacturer’s instructions).