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Electrical Safety Overview

Electrical safety is managed through a combination if regulatory functions and specific obligations under the:

in the areas of:

  • setting the minimum training and qualifications required to become a licensed electrical practitioner or contractor
  • the occupational licensing of electrical practitioners and contractors
  • developing, setting and monitoring the standards of electrical work
  • practitioner inspection and testing of electrical work
  • the recording and notification of electrical work
  • the certification of electrical work by practitioner and contractor
  • the Electrical Safety Inspection Service inspection of electrical work
  • auditing of electrical contractors, electricity entities and electrical safety management schemes
  • the electrical equipment safety system
  • the investigation of electric shocks, incidents and accidents, to prevent recurrence
  • authorised officer powers to disconnect and/or make safe electrical installations and infastructure.
These help reduce the risks of electric shock, fire and damage to life and property for employees, the general public and wider Tasmanian community; through the development, setting and monitoring of technical standards and the associated electrical work specifications for electrical installations, electrical infrastructure.

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Electrical practitioners and contractors

Electrical work can only be performed by appropriately licensed, competent and experienced practitioners, under the management and control of an electrical contractor. Practitioners and contractors have mandated responsibilities and obligations with regard to electrical work, inspection, verification, testing and notification.

In an organisation or business where there is no need for a contracting license to perform the electrical work and there is no nominated manager or contractor; the person having the management and control of the prescribed electrical work, has the same obligations as that of the contractor and/or nominated manager under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.

Download a Fact Sheet - Information for Electrical Contractors and Nominated Managers (pdf, 188.5 KB)

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Owners and occupiers

The owner or occupier of any premises, who allows any electrical work in respect of that premises, must ensure that as far as reasonably practicable, any person engaged to carry out electrical work holds an appropriate electrical licence for that work.

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The owner or occupier of any premises should ensure the electrical installation is maintained in a safe condition. Where that premises or electrical installation includes overhead lines and poles, there should be a periodical inspection of those assets to ensure:

  • they have not degraded
  • vegetation has not encroached the safe clearance zone of the overhead conductors: and
  • they are safe and fit for purpose.

If the electrical installation is not safe and fit for purpose, the electricity supply authority or an authorised officer, may disconnect the power supply, until the unsafe issues are rectified by an appropriately licensed electrical contractor.