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Electrical hazards in the workplace

As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you have a duty to keep workers and your workplace safe from electrical risks.

An electrical risk is a risk to a person of death, shock or other injury caused directly or indirectly by electricity. The main hazards associated with these risks are:

  • contact with exposed live parts causing electric shock and burns (for example exposed leads or other electrical equipment coming into contact with metal surfaces such as metal flooring or roofs)
  • faults which could cause fires
  • fire or explosion where electricity could be the source of ignition in a potentially flammable or explosive atmosphere (for example in a spray paint booth).

General duty to manage electrical risks

PCBUs must manage electrical risks at the workplace. When managing electrical risks, the risks must be eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable.

This includes ensuring the electrical equipment is safe nd regularly checked. Periodic testing and tagging of electrical equipment must also be done.


Electrical risks at the workplace fact sheet: Safe Work Australia

Managing electrical risks in the workplace code of practice

Electrical licences: Consumer, Building and Occupational Services You need an electrical practitioner licence if you are doing electrical work.

Last updated: 5 June 2023
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