Discussion papers

EnergySafety produces and amends legislation, codes of practice, guidelines and general safety information.  Where public comment is invited, draft copies of the documents are placed on this page.

Consultation on proposed amendment to regulation 50 of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991

Proposed amendments to regulation 50 of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 are now available for comment.

Electricity (Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2017

The proposed amendments can be viewed here

Electricity (Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2017

The proposed amendments transfer relevant requirements which have been prescribed in the Apprentice Safety Assessment Guidelines and Safety Guidelines for Electrical Workers documents published by EnergySafety into legislation and will:

  • clarify what general and direct supervision means; 
  • limit the number of apprentices that can be supervised by a supervising electrical worker at a particular worksite; 
  • update the responsibilities of employers and supervising electrical workers; and
  • specify requirements concerning the isolation and tagging of energised electrical installations, or parts of them, as the case may be.

Your comments on the proposed amendments to the legislation would be appreciated.

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Thursday 6 April 2017.

Comments should be addressed to:

Mr Saj Khan
Director, Policy and Electrical Engineering
EnergySafety, Department of Commerce
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square WA 6850

Or by email to ELAR@commerce.wa.gov.au

Consultation on proposed modified notice submission exemption for large projects

Proposed amendments to regulation 51, 52 and 52A of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 are now available for comment.

Electricity (Licensing) Amendment (Modified Notice Submission Process) Regulations 2017

The proposed amendments can be viewed here

Electricity (Licensing) Amendment (Modified Notice Submission Process) Regulations 2017

The proposed amendments will apply to large construction projects that satisfy criteria specified in the regulations and will:

  • provide for only one preliminary notice to be submitted at the commencement of a project;
  • provide for a completion notice to be submitted prior to the initial energisation of the site main switchboard; 
  • provide for a completion notice to be submitted prior to the initial energisation of each individual sub-distribution board supplied directly from the project’s site main switchboard;
  • provide for all electrical work carried out on the load side of these sub-distribution boards to be recorded in a logbook (hard copy or electronic) retained on the project site and accessible to the electrical installation inspector; and
  • provide for the electrical contractor to not issue an electrical safety certificate for electrical work carried out on the project.

Your comments on the proposed amendments to the legislation would be appreciated.

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Friday 7 April 2017.

Comments should be addressed to:

Mr Saj Khan
Director, Policy and Electrical Engineering
EnergySafety, Department of Commerce
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square WA 6850

Or by email to ELAR@commerce.wa.gov.au

Consultation on the Occupational Safety and Health and Electricity Licensing Amendment (Live Work) Regulations 2017

Draft amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 are now available for comment.

Occupational Safety and Health and Electricity Licensing Amendment (Live Work) Regulations 2017

The draft amendments can be viewed here

Occupational Safety and Health and Electricity Licensing Amendment (Live Work) Regulations 2017

Accompanying the consultation draft are:

The changes are consistent with best work practice and similar to regulations and provisions operating in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania which adopted the Model Work, Safety and Health legislation.

Your comments on the draft amendments to the legislation and the Code of Practice would be appreciated.

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Comments should be addressed to:

Mr Saj Khan
Director, Policy and Electrical Engineering
EnergySafety, Department of Commerce
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square WA 6850

Or by email to livework@commerce.wa.gov.au

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