Wiring Rules amendment open for comment

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020

Wiring Rules amendment open for comment

In order to further improve the safety of electrical installations, the Wiring Rules committee has created an amendment to the rules.

The Wiring Rules Amendment 2 public consultation phase is about to commence.

The proposals, if accepted as published, will have a direct impact on compliance to the Wiring Rules. This affects every electrical worker and as a consequence will also involve the worker’s employer — the electrical contractor.

It is important to be aware of these major changes, as both employer and employees will be exposed to the legislated penalties, which could incur a licence suspension and possible fine, if a breach occurs. Electrical workers must ensure the work they perform is compliant, thus are personally responsible to understand the changes to the AS/NZS 3000 standard. The proposed changes will have a major impact on cost to the customer and may require new wiring installation methods to be undertaken by the electrical worker.

Businesses should discuss the proposed changes with their workforce to allow staff to offer an opinion on the proposals, as well as ensure that everyone understands the implications of the changes. Toolbox talks can be an excellent vehicle to discuss the pros and cons of the amendment.

Master Electricians Australia is developing a document explaining the intent of the proposed changes, as well as a full explanation of each proposed change and how it differs from the existing requirements.

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