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Electrical safety codes of practice

A code of practice provides practical guidance for people who have work health and safety duties. These codes give guidance on:

  • how to achieve the standards required under the Act
  • effective ways to identify and manage risks.

A code of practice applies to anyone who has a duty of care in the circumstances described in the code. In most cases, following an approved code of practice would achieve compliance with the health and safety duties in the Act, in relation to the subject matter of the code.

Like regulations, codes of practice deal with particular issues and do not cover all hazards or risks which may arise. The health and safety duties require duty holders to consider all risks associated with work, not only those for which regulations and codes of practice exist.

Below are the four codes of practice that relate specifically to electrical safety:

You can also search the full list of codes of practice.

Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019

Note: The Supreme Court of Queensland ruled section 73A of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 to be invalid. Pages 37-38 of this Code of Practice refer to section 73A and should be disregarded as it is not a requirement that a person must be a licensed electrical worker to perform work on a PV module at a solar farm. However, other licensing requirements for electrical work apply.

The new Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 commenced on 13 May 2019.

The new code combines existing electrical and work health and safety requirements relating to solar farms. It includes information on what does, and does not, constitute electrical work on solar farms and how designers, constructors and operators of solar farms can comply with their existing safety responsibilities.

Last updated
26 June 2019

Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks

A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.


Updated work safety codes of practice enforceable from 1 July 2018

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