WorkSafe Vic: New safety rules from ESV

Source: WorkSafe Vic

EnergySafe Victoria (ESV), the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria, has recently released itsElectrical Safety Rules for Vegetation Management Work Near Overhead Powerlines by Non Electrical Workers.

As of 16 September, the Electrical Safety Rules supersede theGuidelines for Tree Clearing Work by Authorised Personsthat were released in June 2011.

To readSenior Network Safety Engineer from EnergySafe Victoria Loc Vuong's overview of the new safety rules

The new electrical safety rules establish the minimum electrical safety standards - to be used in addition to other occupational safety and health requirements - to enable persons who are not working for or under the control of an electricity asset owner to perform tree clearing activities safely near overhead powerlines.

These rules set out:
a) safe approach distances and vegetation clearances for the safety of workers and the general public
b) safe approach distances and vegetation clearances for the safe use of mobile plant, tools and equipment, and
c) appropriate authorisation and training requirements.

The following principles must be adhered to when working near overhead powerlines:
1) employers shall ensure safe systems of work and appropriate training are in place
2) workers shall only undertake work for which they have been trained, assessed and deemed competent for the work
3) safe approach distances of personnel and plant/equipment shall be observed
4) use of appropriate work methods for clearing vegetation, and
5) use of appropriate tools, plant and equipment.

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