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 authority.
Maximum penalty in the case of an individual is $6,000; or in the case of a body corporate $30,000.

Training Requirements

Who needs to be trained?

* Any person who operates item(s) of crane or plant within the minimum safe working distance; and

* 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.

Course Durations: 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 electrical apparatus:

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.

Note: Evidence of compliance is now required when tendering for Local Governments, Electrical Supply Authorities, Statutory Authorities, Government Departments and Major Construction Contracts