Guidance about electrical hazards

On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit

Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.

All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website

What is electrical work?

Electrical work is defined in the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.
It means work on:

  • electrical machines or instruments
  • electrical installation
  • electrical appliances or equipment

to which electricity is supplied or intended to be supplied, at a nominal pressure exceeding 50 volts alternating current (AC) or 120 volts direct current (DC).

This applies:

  • whether or not the thing on which the work is being performed is part of; is connected to; or is to be connected to, any distribution works or private generating plant
  • where work is performed on any appliance, whether or not electricity is supplied, or may be supplied, through an electric plug socket or socket outlet.

Further information can be found at EnergySafety

Managing the risks

Controls that can be used to manage the risks to health and safety associated with electricity at the workplace include:

  • ensuring electrical circuits are protected by circuit breakers to prevent overloading
  • ensuring circuits are protected by appropriate residual current devices (RCDs) where portable electrical equipment can be connected
  • protecting electrical leads from damage
  • avoiding the use of leads and tools in damp or wet conditions unless specially designed for the conditions.

Guidance material



Electrical safety – audit guide - 694 Kb

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Frequently asked questions on self-auditing of mining activities - information sheet - 942 Kb

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Information sheets

Electricity - mine safety matters pamphlet - 872 Kb

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Frequently asked questions on electrical appointments on Western Australian mines - information sheet - 663 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on electrical appointments on Western Australian mines.

An information sheet on frequently asked questions on electrical supervision in Western Australian mining operations is being drafted.

Toolbox presentations

Electrical hazard awareness (2012) - 1318 Kb

This toolbox presentation contains information about electrical hazard awareness such as how to respond to electrical incidents and what safety measures you can implement.

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Related information

Please refer to related information below:

An Electrical risks at the workplace fact sheet is available from Safe Work Australia.

An Electrical hazards checklist is available from WorkSafe Victoria.

National competency standards and training courses are available from Skills Training at the Department of Industry.

Electrical workers are encouraged to subscribe to the EnergySafety’s Energy Bulletin.