Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (OHS Act) employers have a general duty to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all persons at or near the construction site.
To ensure that the risks are managed in accordance with the duties outlined under the Act employers should systematically manage the risks to health and safety that arise from working with electrical equipment, connection and installation.
Employers can systematically manage risks by undertaking the following four-step risk management process:
1. identify the hazards
2. assess the risk associated with the hazards
3. control the risk, and
4. review the process
When undertaking risk management, employers must follow the relevant Commonwealth regulations and give consideration to codes of practice. If no regulation or code exists in relation to a specific hazard or risk, employers should choose a reliable source of guidance to follow.