Sample safe work method statement
Earthing electrical equipment
Electrical earthing is the process of installing a protective earth cable into the surface of the earth, or earthing device or assembly to an effective ground, to limit chances of an electric shock occurring in electrical equipment with insulation faults.
Earthing of electrical equipment tasks
Tasks associated with earthing electrical equipment would include:
- Planning and preparation to identify all potential electrical safety hazards and electrical risks as per earthing electrical equipment work safety procedure when earthing electrical equipment;
- Obtain and complete confined space entry permits, work permits and electrical work permit;
- Working in an established exclusion zone for energized electrical equipment when undertaking electrical earthing;
- Identification of hazardous materials e.g. asbestos containing materials and products;
- Personal decontamination processes;
- Selection and use of insulated tools, test instruments, devices and equipment used to test energized electrical equipment prior to earthing electrical equipment;
- Assignment of a person as a safety observer to observe and warn electrical workers of electrical hazards and electrical risks;
- Duties and responsibilities of an assigned safety observer;
- Earthing electrical equipment as per electrical safe work method statement;
- Leaving unfinished electrical earthing in a safe manner;
- Hazardous manual tasks when earthing electrical equipment;
- Selection and use of personal protective equipment e.g. electrical safety gloves;
- Compliance with specific controls as per electrical safety act, electrical safety regulation, electrical safety code of practice, australian electrical safety standards;
- Assess the risk to workers undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
Health and safety training
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a health and safety duty to provide workplace health and safety training for workers as to how to be safe around electricity when earthing electrical equipment.
Training employees as to the electrical safety procedures and electrical safety work practices when earthing electrical equipment shall include:
- Health and safety information, electrical safety rules and electrical safety topics as to earthing electrical equipment, job safety observation and essential safety measures as per code of practice for safe electrical work and electrical safety standards.
- Health and safety instruction as to essential safety measures and safety controls as per a electrical risk assessment and electrical work safety procedure for electrical earthing.
- Health and safety training e.g. on the job training, fire extinguisher training and first aid training relevant to electrical safety work practices and safety controls implemented when undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Training supervision of workers in the implementation of electrical safety procedures to eliminate electrical hazards and electrical risks when earthing electrical equipment as per electrical safety training and workplace health and safety training requirements.
Safe work method statement includes
Control measures for electrical earthing
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or serious injury to workers when earthing electrical equipment are addressed in the earthing electrical equipment safe work method statement as per the following:
- Workplace consultation with workers as to safe access and egress and earthing electrical equipment as per work health and safety legislation, electrical safety legislation and code of practice electrical work.
- Live electrical work hazards and hazards in the workplace as a result of undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Planning and preparation with identifying potential electrical hazards, safe access and egress and the electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Completion of electrical work permit, confined space entry permit and permit to work where identified in a risk assessment for electrical work.
- Inspection of immediate work area for potential electrical hazards and electrical risks.
- Working in an established exclusion zone for an energized electrical part.
- Identification of asbestos containing materials and products in an electrical switchboard.
- Personal decontamination after exposure to asbestos containing materials and products or respirable dust.
- Selection and use of insulated tools when earthing electrical equipment.
- Duties and responsibilities of an assigned safety observer when testing energized electrical equipment and undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Earthing electrical equipment as per safety controls and electrical grounding techniques.
- Safe access and egress to a work area and undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Leaving unfinished electrical earthing of electrical equipment in a safe manner to ensure a safe workplace.
- Hazardous manual tasks identifying manual handling risks and manual handling techniques to be implemented when earthing electrical equipment.
- Controls for managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and the safe handling of chemicals, decanting and use of hazardous chemicals, hazardous substances and dangerous goods associated with earthing electrical equipment.
- PPE personal protective equipment requirements as per a risk assessment for electrical work.
- Workplace health and safety training for employees addressing construction skills training, work safety training, electrical safety training, first aid training and fire extinguisher training relevant to earthing electrical equipment.
- Workplace housekeeping addressing safety issues in the workplace when undertaking electrical earthing of electrical equipment.
- Compliance with specific control measures imposed by a workplace health and safety regulation, electrical safety regulation, electrical code of practice and australian standard ASTM D178-01 Standard specification for rubber insulating matting, AS 1657 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders - Design, construction and installation, AS/NZS 1715 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective devices, AS 2865 Confined spaces, AS/NZS 3000 Electrical installations, AS/NZS 3012 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites, AS/NZS 3017:2007 Electrical installations - Verification guidelines, AS/NZS 3760 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment, AS 4741 Testing of connections to low voltage electricity networks, AS/NZS 4836 Safe working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment, AS/NZS ISO 31000 Risk management - Principles and guidelines, HB 213 Guidelines for safe working in a confined space.
- Operational electrical risk assessment of workers undertaking a hazard identification and risk assessment of electrical hazards and electrical risks when earthing electrical equipment.
- Failure to monitor implemented safety controls as per electrical safety procedures and hierarchy of control measures.
- Risk matrix and descriptors incorporating risk analysis matrix, risk probability matrix and risk consequence matrix.
- Other hazards, other risks at a workplace and work health and safety procedures and controls identified when earthing electrical equipment.
- Approval form including change management approval.
- Earthing electrical equipment safe work method statement sign off sheet.