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 4-136 Qualified utility employee distances

Subrules 4-136(1) and 4-136(2)

Qualified utility employees are required to follow the limit of approach distances shown in Table 4-2, Column 4 unless

(a) live line tools are used – these are electrically rated and insulated,
(b) the energized electrical equipment or lines are protected with rated protective insulating devices or guarded in accordance with Section 8 of the ECUC – rated insulating devices allow approach distances to be reduced. Limits of approach for qualified utility employees using rated protective insulating cover-up is generally considered to be up to and not touching, accidental brush contact. Protective insulating devices are considered to be “insulating cover-up” as mentioned in rules 4-166 and 4-168, or
(c) rubber insulating gloves or barehand techniques are used – these must be used according to the safety rules of the ECUC.