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 4-186 Insulating devices

This rule refers to Division C of the ECUC, which contains only a single rule, rule 4-148. However, subsection 800(2) of the OHS Code indicates that rule 4-148 does not apply. This is because the standards listed in rule 4-148 have been replaced and moved to section 799 of the OHS Code.

Insofar as they describe the safe use of live line tools, the listed standards must be used. Otherwise, the manufacturer’s specifications for the live line tools must be followed as required by section 12 of the OHS Code.

Insulating devices must be handled, supported or contained in a manner that minimizes contamination to ensure that they function properly e.g. contaminants may reduce the dielectric strength of a device and reduce its insulating performance.