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 4-060 Authorization to perform operations or work

Subrule 4-060(1)

The qualified utility employee (QUE) or the qualified utility employee in charge (QUEIC) must get authorization from the operator in charge (OIC) before operating the system. This includes getting permission to remove the tags on tagged equipment.

Subrule 4-060(2)

When there are more than 2 workers, all QUEs must get authorization from the QUEIC to work on the system. This ensures that the work activities of all workers are coordinated.

Subrule 4-060(3)

The QUEIC must advise the OIC, before doing any work, that work is soon to begin. This ensures that the work activities of all workers are coordinated.

Subrules 4-060(4) and 4-060(5)

Paragraphs (a) through (c) describe special circumstances under which a QUE is allowed to do things in a way that would otherwise be prohibited.

Paragraph (a) allows a QUE to do what is necessary to safely protect life and property without having to get authorization from the OIC. However, the QUE must let the OIC know what was done and why as soon as possible after the event. This provision should rarely be used.

Paragraph (b) allows a QUE to replace a fuse, operate an automatic sectionalizer, oil circuit recloser, or 3-phase recloser to maintain continuity of service without having to get the authorization of the OIC. This is an initial troubleshooting technique for a power outage call and is done to determine if the fault is temporary. However, the QUE must let the OIC know what was done and why as soon as possible after the event. In the case of control centres operating on a 24/7 basis, the OIC is always contacted for prior authorization.

Paragraph (c) allows a QUE to operate the system in situations where communication with the OIC is impossible and operation of the system will not create an electrical hazard. However, the QUE must let the OIC know what was done and why as soon as possible after the event. This provision should rarely be used.