RANS Electrical acknowledges that the company Management Team has a moral and legal responsibility (Duty of Care) to protect our workers, sub-contractors, plant and equipment, the general public and others from the risks that may arise from our work activities.
As an important part of this Duty of Care, working on or near exposed conductive parts that are, or could become live shall not be carried out unless our workers ensure that the following is complied with:
- All electrical circuits or electrical equipment handled in the course of that work are disconnected from the electricity supply, or
- Adequate precautions are taken to prevent electric shock or other injury in the handling of electrical circuits or electrical equipment in the course of that work.
Adequate precautions include but are not limited to:
- The necessity to do the particular task under live or energized conditions shall be discussed and documented by the RANS Electrical Responsible Person, the client’s Responsible Person and the Electrical Workers who are to perform the work.
- Exhausting all other alternatives to working on the electrical equipment in a live state. Where It has been genuinely agreed between all parties that there are no other options, eg, isolating the section where the work is to be done or working de-energised out of hours.
- A task specific risk assessment is carried out and documented.
- Applying and adhering to the basic Principles of Risk Management.
- Identifying the hazards;
- Assessing and prioritising the risks; and
- Applying control measures to mitigate the identified risks.
- As a minimum, the risk assessment shall be in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislation and shall as a minimum include a determination as to whether physical section isolation, use of suitable barriers or a safety observer/s would be required.
- First aid and communication facilities are immediately accessible.
- A competent person with a minimum of Level 2 first aid and experience in electrical rescue along with a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is continuously present for the duration of the work.
- Authorisation for the particular task is obtained from the client’s most senior responsible person. Such authorisation shall be documented.
- The standard working procedures and safe working practices as set out in the Australian Standard 4836:2011 Safe working on or near Low Voltage electrical installations and equipment, and the Safe Work Method Statement for the task shall be observed at all times.
NB:- This Policy does not apply to testing or fault finding where the procedures as set out in the Australian Standard 4836:2011 Safe working on or near Low Voltage electrical installations and equipment, and our Safe Work Method Statement are observed at all times.