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:
- Electrical safety code of practice 2010 - Electrical equipment rural industry(PDF, 296.48 KB)
- Electrical safety code of practice 2013 - Managing electrical risks in the workplace(PDF, 385.51 KB)
- Electrical safety code of practice 2010 - Working near overhead and underground electric lines(PDF, 231.59 KB)
- Electrical safety code of practice 2010 - Works(PDF, 199.03 KB)
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Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019
The new Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 will commence 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.
Commencement of the code of practice is accompanied by a regulatory amendment requiring the mounting, locating, fixing and removal of solar panels at solar farms to be undertaken by licensed electricians.
These guidance notes provide advice in relation to how these new laws should be applied.
- Last updated
- 02 May 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.