Safety is a subset of risk management which requires attention to many aspects including insurances, documentation and behaviours.
Inadequate risk management can adversely affects all parties … not just the technicians; but potentially your own staff, customers, the public and your business overall.
You might be ‘shocked’ to find out how many electricians let their insurances lapse (please excuse the pun). And that would leave you very exposed.
Electrical work is intrinsically dangerous … it’s simply not something to ‘cut corners’ with.
Therefore safety is always first at ComSpark. Each and every job is approached with a risk assessment. Depending on the size and scope of work, this could be a Take 5, JSA or full Safety Management plan. Either way, each and every job starts with safety and this attention to care is followed throughout the job.
Safety Management is a two fold approach, with ComSpark utilising the National Electrical and Communication Association (NECA) OH&S internet based NECA SAFE application for all safety documentation and reporting as well as online JSA and SWMS recording. ComSpark also has an extensive written safety management plan that is available to our clients on request.Fortnightly toolbox meetings are held to reinforce safety and OH&S matters and to highlight any NECA alerts that may have been distributed.
Electricity can kill. It’s therefore dangerous and illegal to try and do your own electrical work if you’re not properly qualified and authorised. So, please heed the Department of Commerce WA Energy Safety guidelines when they say Don’t DIY. Always use a licensed Electrical Contractor. And be sure to check the license before you appoint any electrician.
A properly licensed electrician will be aware of the minimum standards of safe work practices, safe installation and maintenance methods for satisfactory safety and technical outcomes for the community. These standards are to protect everyone.
Standards in general are:
- A means by which regulatory outcomes can be satisfied. For example, the regulations may say as an outcome that safety must be achieved and the standards then develop and define what is safe in the particular context and how it may be achieved.
- Industry based with broad stakeholder input, so they represent the industry practice that is followed to deliver the regulatory requirements.
- Not a substitute for regulations. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) highlights the importance of not passing regulatory powers to standards writers.
- Not a restriction to international trade. Wherever possible standards should be international and not contain local requirements at a cost to the community and make it harder to sell overseas.
- Not an inhibition on innovation. Standards should set an outcome and not prescribe the solution. While prescription gives regulatory certainty, it is not flexible or able to accommodate technological development.
- For electricity, some standards are mandatory – they have the force of law. However, most standards are advisory based on good industry practice that the community expects.
- EnergySafety has a direct involvement in the major standards and, through membership of key committees of Standards Australia International (SAI), has input to all standards.
- SAI produces the majority of electrical standards with most based on the International ElectroTechnical Commission (IEC). The Electricity Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) has significant input into the development of electricity supply industry standards.
Mandatory installation requirements are:
- AS/NZS 3000 “Electrical Installations (known as the Australian / New Zealand Wiring Rules)” – the principal standard
- WA Electrical Requirements – local service rules produced by EnergySafety
- AS 2067 “Switchgear assemblies and ancillary equipment for alternating voltages above 1 Kv”
- AS/NZS 2381 “Electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres – Selection, installation and maintenance”
- AS/NZS 2430 “Classification of hazardous areas”
- AS/NZS 3001 (Sections 1 & 2 only) “Electrical installations – Relocatable premises (including caravans and tents) and their site installations
- AS 3002 “Electrical Installations – Shows and carnivals”
- AS 3004 (Sections 1 & 2 only) “Electrical Installations – marinas and pleasure craft at low voltage”
- AS 3005 (Sections 1 & 2 only) “Electrical Installations of tents and similar temporary structures for domestic purposes”
- AS/NZS 3008 “Electrical Installations – Selections of cables”
- AS/NZS 3010 (Part 1) “Electrical Installations – Generating sets”
Legislative requirements are laid down for the installation of safety switches/RCDs, downlight barriers, and smoke alarms.