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  • Electrical contractor guide Developing a safe system of work for electrical work

    April 2020

  • PN12609 Version 1 Last updated April 2020 - Electrical contractor guide Page 2 of 24

    Contents Contents ..................................................................................................................................... 2

    Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 4

    What is a safe system of work (SSW)? ...................................................................................... 4

    Developing the SSW .............................................................................................................. 4

    Implementing the SSW ........................................................................................................... 5

    Auditing for compliance with your SSW .............................................................................. 5 Reviewing your SSW .............................................................................................................. 5

    Legislation, codes of practice and standards ............................................................................. 6

    Electrical Safety Act 2002 ...................................................................................................... 6

    Duty of officers ....................................................................................................................... 6

    Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 .......................................................................................... 6

    Codes of practice ................................................................................................................... 6

    Standards ............................................................................................................................... 7

    Effect of non-compliance ........................................................................................................ 7

    Electrical contractor licensing requirements .............................................................................. 8

    Qualified technical person (QTP) ........................................................................................... 8

    Qualified business person (QBP) ........................................................................................... 8

    Working together to put the SSW into practice ...................................................................... 9

    What happens if you lose your QTP or QBP? ........................................................................ 9

    How many QTPs or QBPs are required? ............................................................................... 9

    Where the QTP or QBP is an employee ................................................................................ 9

    Register of workers ................................................................................................................ 9

    Subcontractor or worker? ..................................................................................................... 10

    Advertising ............................................................................................................................ 10

    Electrical workers ..................................................................................................................... 11

    Training and competency of workers ................................................................................... 11

    Worker consultation .............................................................................................................. 11

    Supervision and training of electrical apprentices .................................................................... 13

    E-profiling ............................................................................................................................. 13

    Safe work procedures for electrical work ................................................................................. 14

    Testing electrical work .......................................................................................................... 14

    Isolation, safety tag and lockout ........................................................................................... 14

    Energised electrical work ..................................................................................................... 14

    Safety observers for live work ........................................................................................... 15 Safe work method statement (SWMS) ............................................................................. 15

    Working near exposed live parts .......................................................................................... 15

    Working in switchboards - high fault currents and arc flash ................................................. 16

    Ceiling spaces and on roofs ................................................................................................. 16

    Tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) ..................................................................... 17

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    Tools and equipment ............................................................................................................ 17

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) .................................................................................. 17

    Testing of electrical work ......................................................................................................... 18

    Certificates of test (Certificate of testing and safety/ Certificate of testing and compliance) 18

    Documented testing procedures and test reports ................................................................ 18

    Electrical equipment and supply chain management ............................................................... 19

    Electrical equipment safety system (EESS) ......................................................................... 19

    Responsible suppliers .......................................................................................................... 19

    Electrical equipment supplied by your customer .................................................................. 19

    Supply chain management ................................................................................................... 19

    Incident notification .................................................................................................................. 21

    Further information ................................................................................................................... 22

    ESO website ......................................................................................................................... 22

    Safety leadership .................................................................................................................. 22

    Industry associations and employer groups ......................................................................... 22

    Relevant standards and guides ............................................................................................... 22

    SSW checklist .......................................................................................................................... 23

  • PN12609 Version 1 Last updated April 2020 - Electrical contractor guide Page 4 of 24

    Introduction Electrical contractors play an important role in ensuring electrical safety in Queensland. The choices you make in your business not only affect you, they can also affect your family, friends, colleagues and the broader community. Many incidents investigated by the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) could have been avoided by ensuring good risk management processes were followed and work was carried out under well-developed safe work processes and procedures (safe system of work). Understanding the risks associated with electrical work and having processes in place that promote a proactive approach to safety ensures you are well placed to meet your electrical safety duties.

    What is a safe system of work (SSW)? A SSW is a comprehensive and integrated system for managing risks associated with the work performed by a business. For an electrical contracting business, it includes managing risks during the performance of electrical work and ensuring that when complete, the work is tested and proven to be electrically safe. A documented SSW and evidence of its implementation can often be required when tendering for larger contracts. Increasingly it is becoming mandatory for government funded work.

    Not every SSW will be the same. The size of your business and the type of work you perform will determine what your SSW will look like. As the business owner and the holder of the electrical contractor licence, should you decide to develop a SSW, you should ensure that it meets your needs. This guide provides important information to help you better understand some of the key areas to focus on to ensure you address your electrical safety obligations. It is not intended to provide detailed guidance on how to set up a SSW for the first time.

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