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Electrical Safety Management Schemes (ESMS)

The Need

If there is a proper interest for an ESMS, a submission may be made to the Secretary for a proposed ESMS.

ESMS usually are limited to a specific scope of electrical work.

Approval and management of an ESMS

The Secretary may approve an ESMS under Part 8 of the Electricity Industry Safety and Administration Act 1997 to be implemented as an alternative to the requirements of the Act.

This includes:

  • the appointment of the scheme manager
  • the ESMS must ensure that its specifications are equivalent or superior to the electrical safety requirements under the legislation
  • the scheme manager must ensure the ESMS is implemented and compliant with the approved scheme specifications
  • formal auditing and compliance reporting.

ESMS Specifications

There are ESMS specifications to help organisations or individuals develop and implement an ESMS.

Electricity Safety Management Scheme Specifications (pdf, 451.3 KB)