Permit reminder for high-voltage workers

Friday, 10 January, 2020

Permit reminder for high-voltage workers

Employers are being reminded to ensure that electrical workers are signed on to an Access or Test permit before high-voltage work commences.

The Queensland Electrical Safety Office said that there have been several high-voltage isolation and access incidents in recent times.

It said it is essential for workers to have a clear understanding of:

  • the nature of the work
  • isolation points
  • the exact areas and equipment covered by the permit.

In addition, all exposed parts must be treated as energised until they have been isolated and proven de-energised. Each high-voltage exposed part must be earthed after being de-energised.

The Electrical Safety Office said any changes to the access coverage of the permit must be communicated to all workers.

All workers who have signed onto the permit must also sign off before surrendering the permit.

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