Working Safely Near Live Electrical Apparatus as a Non Electrical Worker
WHS Regulation 2011, Chapter 4, Part 4.7 Clause 166
A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is
reasonably practicable, that no person, plant or thing at the workplace comes within an unsafe
distance of an overhead or underground electric line. Maximum penalty in the case of an
individual is $6,000; or in the case of a body corporate $30,000.
If it is not reasonably practicable to ensure the safe distance of a person, plant or thing from an
overhead or underground electric line, the person conducting the business or undertaking at
the workplace must ensure that:
(a) a risk assessment is conducted in relation to the proposed work,
(b) control measures implemented are consistent with:
(i) the risk assessment, and
(ii) if an electricity supply authority is responsible for the electric line, any requirements of the
Maximum penalty in the case of an individual is $6,000; or in the case of a body corporate $30,000.
Who needs to be trained?
* Any person who operates item(s) of crane or plant within the minimum safe working distance;
* Any person who observes the operation of a crane within the minimum safe working distance
What training must be done:
UETTDREL14A - Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non electrical worker; and
UETTDRRF06B - Perform Rescue from a live Low Voltage Panel; and
HLTAID001 - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
Initial training course: 2 Days / Refresher training course: 1 Day.
Minimum safe working distances
All crane, plant and load must maintain the following
minimum safe working distances from energised
These clearances serve an important function. However,
they are not practicable for certain workers. Those who successfully undertake
this unit of competency and maintain their annual training & assessments can work
within the Accredited Person Zone in accordance with all of the detailed conditions.