Installation of solar panels considered construction work
On 13 May 2019 the Construction and operation of solar farms code of practice (PDF, 0.92 MB) commenced which includes information on how workers, designers, constructors and operators of solar farms can comply with their existing safety responsibilities.
Section 289 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 defines the meaning of construction work, which includes the installation, testing or maintenance of an essential service in relation to a structure.
The installation, testing, or maintenance of solar panels is considered the installation of an essential service (electricity) and is therefore considered to be construction work. This means that a safe work method statement must be prepared for the work.
It is important to note that all other risks associated with the work (such as work at heights, falling objects, manual handling, and electrical risks) will need to be undertaken in accordance with regulations.