OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Explanation of Rules Referenced from the ECUC, Second Edition

Rule 4-066 Duties of an operator-in-charge

The operator-in-charge (OIC) must

(a) be aware of the status of equipment e.g. open or closed, out of service, recloser blockings, faulty equipment, etc.,
(b) be aware of the work being done that may affect operation of the system e.g. live line work, permits establishing safe work areas for workers, switching that has occurred, etc., system capacity, system loading, flow, interconnection agreements, and the status of interconnection points, and
(c) have up-to-date information on the status of the system – this can be through maps, status boards, logs, computer software systems, etc.

Control centres are the locations that system status and operation information is kept and from where the OIC communicates with workers. A control centre can be in an office or in a vehicle, as long as all the requirements of paragraph (d) are met.