On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs
Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.
All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website
What is electrical work?
Electrical work is defined in the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.
It means work on:
- electrical machines or instruments
- electrical installation
- electrical appliances or equipment
to which electricity is supplied or intended to be supplied, at a nominal pressure exceeding 50 volts alternating current (AC) or 120 volts direct current (DC).
- whether or not the thing on which the work is being performed is part of; is connected to; or is to be connected to, any distribution works or private generating plant
- where work is performed on any appliance, whether or not electricity is supplied, or may be supplied, through an electric plug socket or socket outlet.
Further information can be found at EnergySafety
Managing the risks
Controls that can be used to manage the risks to health and safety associated with electricity at the workplace include:
- ensuring electrical circuits are protected by circuit breakers to prevent overloading
- ensuring circuits are protected by appropriate residual current devices (RCDs) where portable electrical equipment can be connected
- protecting electrical leads from damage
- avoiding the use of leads and tools in damp or wet conditions unless specially designed for the conditions.
An information sheet on frequently asked questions on electrical supervision in Western Australian mining operations is being drafted.
Please refer to related information below:
An Electrical risks at the workplace fact sheet is available from Safe Work Australia.
A Model Code of Practice - Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace is available from Safe Work Australia.
An Electrical hazards checklist is available from WorkSafe Victoria.
National competency standards and training courses are available from Skills Training at the Department of Industry.
Electrical workers are encouraged to subscribe to the EnergySafety’s Energy Bulletin.