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 4-012 Employee in charge

Subrule 4-012(1) More than one employee

If two or more utility employees are working on or near the same electrical equipment or line at the same location, then one of the workers must be designated as the utility employee in charge. Doing so is intended to prevent any confusion as to who is in charge and directing work activities. While the term “utility employee” is used in this subrule, subrule 4-002(2) ensures that the requirement also applies to “qualified utility employees”. Depending on the type of work being done, the qualified utility employee or the utility employee could be identified as being the employee in charge.

Subrule 4-012(2) Worker instruction

The employer is responsible for ensuring that the employee in charge provides work instruction to all the workers under his or her direction. This should include a review of the identified hazards involved in the work and how these hazards will be controlled or eliminated. A tailboard meeting is one means of providing this information to affected workers.