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Always use independent earth for polarity testing

Recent disciplinary hearings have involved workers failing to ensure the correct polarity of supply after performing work on the incoming service. The Electrical Licensing Committee noted that in many cases electrical workers failed to use an independent earth when conducting polarity tests. Electrical workers should use an independent earth whenever possible, rather than the installation earthing system.

New Wiring Rules requirements for like for like replacement of electrical equipment

The new edition of AS/NZS3000:2018 (the Wiring Rules) introduced additional requirements for final sub-circuit wiring for certain electrical equipment, including requirements for safety switch protection and isolating switches.

Construction wiring safe installation

Construction wiring is the term used for temporary electrical installations on construction sites that supply power to and around the premise. While the wiring may be temporary, the installation requirements are not, and electrical workers must ensure construction wiring complies with the Wiring Rules, AS/NZS 3000, and AS/NZS 3012 Electrical Installations – Construction and Demolition sites.

Ceiling space wiring – is your work compliant?

Ceiling spaces are high risk work locations where there’s a risk of an electrical shock from contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment.

We want to hear your ideas about the licence renewal process

Central Queensland University (CQU) are doing a survey about the electrical licence renewal process.

Electrical Safety Week 2018

It's a wrap for our second Electricity Safety Week and we hope you all had the opportunity to get involved and attend an event. Checkout the highlights of the week and if you missed out you can access some resources and also enter our competition.

Verification of competency

Employers must ensure workers are competent to perform the work they carry out, not just licensed. New workers may have minimal or no experience of the business’s work, or its practices and procedures. Their competency needs to be assessed during recruitment or as part of their induction. They then need to be trained in the business’s work practices and procedures, and should be mentored by more experienced workers where required.

First things first - power off before cover off

An incident in Victoria where an electrician received a shock after touching live metal parts is a stark reminder to always double check power has been turned off before conducting maintenance, repairs, alterations or adjustments to electrical equipment.

New safety guide released for renewable energy electrical equipment

The Best practice guide: Battery storage equipment – Electrical safety requirements has been released to provide electrical safety guidelines for lithium-based battery storage equipment. It is the result of extensive collaboration between manufacturers, importers, safety regulators and other industry bodies.

DC isolating switches in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations

From 30 June 2018, DC isolating switches used in solar PV and renewable energy installations must comply with a Level 3 certification under the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). The new standard has improved safety outcomes for isolators used in renewable energy installations.

New Wiring Rules edition released

The new edition of the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) has been released. You can purchase the new standard on the SAI Global’s website.

New eligibility requirements for electrical contractor licences

From 1 July 2018, new requirements commence for Queensland electrical contractor licences, including additional training for qualified technical persons (QTP) and qualified business persons (QBP).

Asbestos and electrical safety a must in smart meter installations

With the rollout of smart meters in Queensland households and businesses underway, the Electrical Safety Office is reminding electrical contractors of the safe work standards they’re expected and obliged to maintain during the installation of these devices.

Respect the Power campaign is brought to you by 33,000 volts

Have you seen our new #RespectThePower social media campaign raising awareness of powerline safety at work and at home? Homeowners and workers are being reminded that powerlines can be unforgiving, even lethal.

Power line risk sparks innovation at Bishopp Billboards

Installing billboard signage can be a dangerous business, especially when working near overhead power lines.

New electrical safety resources for kids

Around two in every five Queensland households have children living there. Electricity can be a big risk for little people, so we’ve published new resources to help parents and teachers protect kids from electrical risks.

Cable and connector voltage ratings for photovoltaic (PV) installations

Designers and installers of PV installations need to ensure cables and cable connectors being used in the PV installation will be operating within voltage ratings specified by the manufacturer. This is so the cables and connectors will not be electrically stressed and breakdown through exposure to voltages higher than they are designed for.

Help spread the word

The ESO regularly provides licence holders with important information such as Australian Standards updates, safety alerts, upcoming ESO roadshows and seminars, and the latest prosecution and disciplinary outcomes.

The importance of e-profiling cards when supervising apprentices

We would like to remind employers and licensed electrical workers supervising electrical apprentices about the importance of verifying e-profiling cards submitted by apprentices. E-profiling provides important data about the work performed by apprentices under their training plans.

Mango grower fined $35,000 after workers suffer electric shock

A Gilbert River mango grower has been fined $35,000 for a 2015 incident where two of his pickers suffered an electrical shock.

How to safely install swimming pool and spa bonding

There are specific requirements for equipotential bonding of steel reinforcing when working on concrete swimming pools and spas. If an electrical fault occurs, even at low voltage, while the pool is in use, it may lead to electrical shock which can cause muscle spasms and potential drowning.

Beware of the risks of working with high voltage plant

If you are using high voltage plant you must be aware of the risks of electric shock.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems – electrical licensing requirements

Recent industry engagement and incident investigations have shown there is confusion around the licensing requirements for photovoltaic (PV) system installation and maintenance.

Electrical Licensing Committee disciplinary outcomes

Disciplinary action can be taken against electrical licence holders who perform unsafe, negligent or incompetent electrical work. This includes licence cancellation or suspension, fines, or orders for faulty work to be corrected.

Last updated
10 January 2018

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