Beginning January 2014 the Electrical Safety Office released details of changes to the Electrical Safety Regulation. This includes changes to the requirement of Low Voltage Rescue Training, meaning safety observers will now be required to undertake training annually rather than every 6 months. Below is the statement as viewed on the ESO website regarding changes to live work
Risk assessments are still required before performing live work and work must be carried out in accordance with a safe work method statement (SWMS) instead of a safe system. Transitional provisions preserve existing documented safe systems of work and are taken to be the SWMS from 1 January 2014. Safety observers must be assessed as competent for rescue and resuscitation procedures during the previous 12 months (changing from six months in the 2002 regulation).
The requirement for rescue and resuscitation for workers who perform or assist in performing electrical work remains unchanged and a new requirement for PCBUs to ensure electrical equipment is de-energised before electrical work is carried out and making sure that it cannot be inadvertently re-energised.
High voltage live line work is unchanged, except high voltage live line work management plans which now refer to Australian Standards (replacing the withdrawn Energy Networks Association (ENA) guidelines). Testing and maintenance of test instruments and safety equipment is now addressed in the new code (with reference to manufacturer’s instructions).
Further details of changes to the Electrical Safety Regulation can be found at: