As well as being required to comply with the 'Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act', the electrical industry also has specific safety legislation via the Electricity Reform Act and the Electricity Reform (Safety and Technical) Regulations.
The 'Electricity Reform Act' creates the position of the Electricity Safety Regulator who monitors and regulates safety and technical standards with respect to electrical installations through NT WorkSafe inspectors and specifically the Electrical Safety Team (who are all experienced licenced electricians).
The Electricity Safety Regulator also provides advice and assistance to licenced electrical workers as well as individual home owners, occupiers and persons conducting a business or undertaking.
The 'Electricity Reform (Safety and Technical) Regulations' provide for the installation, testing and certification of electrical work carried out. Electrical contractors are required to:
The Regulations include safe work practices to assist employers and safeguard electrical workers. Additionally, provisions are made for other persons to work or operate safely in proximity to electrical infrastructure.
In the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations, Part 4.7 – General electrical safety in workplaces and energised electrical work - electrical safety in the workplace is addresses.
The Electricity Safety Regulator has directed that where inspectors encounter a direct conflict between the two laws, the 'Electricity Reform Act' and Regulations will apply to technical non-compliance, and the 'Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act' and Regulations will apply to work practice or process non-compliance.
All electrical industry workers are required to be licensed in the Northern Territory. The Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board are responsible for issuing electrical licences in the Northern Territory under the Electrical Workers and Contractors Act.
NT WorkSafe is a division of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice
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