Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Electrical safety

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

The risks to safety from electricity generally arise from the supply, installation and use of electrical plant and equipment, and in the design, manufacture and testing of electrical items. Standards and guidelines are available which assist in managing the risks from the use of electricity and electrical plant and equipment.

The Electrical Safety and Electrical Work Procedure applies to all managers and workers who carry out electrical activities under the auspices of the University. This includes those who undertake research or a program of study at the University including undergraduate, postgraduate studies and collaboration with outside agencies. Electrical equipment used on UWA property must be compliant and be visually inspected or electrically tested and tagged according to the electrical classification of the environment. Students and campus visitors are requested to have read and comply with the Electrical Safety Pamphlet (see Further Information).

General electrical guidance
This section provides general electrical guidance. It addresses electric shock, extention leads, electrical appliances, tea areas, lighting, heating, overhead power lines, electrical outlets (power boards / powerpoints) and safety induction.
Testing, tagging and workplace inspections
Workplaces must be classified as either non-hostile or hostile electrical environments. In non-hostile environments, the process of applying white inspection tags will be replaced with a visual inspection requirement only. Electrical testing and tagging is required in hostile environments where it is recommended that coloured tags are used to denote the calendar year in which the tag is issued. This will assist identification of out-of-date or untagged equipment. Visual inspection, testing and tagging will be integrated into regular workplace inspections which will be planned across a calendar month as denoted on the new Workplace Safety Inspection Schedule wall poster.