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 4-036 Hazard report

Utility employees and qualified utility employees have a responsibility to identify and report hazardous conditions to the operator of the utility system or their designate, guard the hazardous conditions and, where possible, take steps to eliminate or control the hazard for other workers and the public.

This last responsibility is a noteworthy departure from the OHS Code. With few exceptions, workers are rarely required to take direct action that results in a hazard being eliminated or controlled. Hazard elimination and control is normally an employer responsibility.