The new AS/NZS 3000:2018 Wiring Rules came into mandatory effect as of January 1st this year, and it’s important to make sure that your electrical contractors and workers are abiding by the new laws. Now, more than ever, should be when you are reviewing and updating your Job Safety Analysis processes and forms as you’ve got a lot to take into consideration.
According to the Electrical Safety Office of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulator, this new edition of the Wiring Rules has a number of changes and updates compared to its predecessor. Some of which include:
- New requirements for safety switches
- Enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas
- Increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space
- Additional installation requirements for electrical appliances, accessories and equipment
- Enhanced safety requirements for electrical equipment installed in locations exposed to water
Additionally, there are also 5 new appendices, the details of which you can find along with more information here.
It’s important to ensure now that any electrical contractors or workers within your business are abiding by these rules as Master Electricians Australia has noted that we should expect to see some heightened monitoring by the industry regulator. Actions like: increased electrical inspections to ensure all new work is compliant to the new wiring rule requirements, on-the-spot fines for minor non-compliance, and more (click here to find out!).
If you’ve been working on a project or contract that began before June 2018, the good news is that worksafe.qld.gov.au has posted that there are some instances where the AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules could continue to apply. Some of the circumstances listed are:
- Electrical work commenced prior to, but continuing beyond, the publication date of the new edition of the standard
- Electrical work quoted prior to the publication date of the new edition of the standard that has been awarded a contract
- Significant electrical work costed and designed prior to the publication date of the new edition for major projects such as shopping complexes and large residential and industrial buildings
So, if you haven’t yet, make sure that you purchase your copy of the new wiring rules here. You don’t want to face the fallout that follows non-compliance.
For more information, make sure you follow the links in the article, or check out this PDF from worksafe.qld.gov.au to learn more about the changes and updates.