Electric shock can be received by either direct or indirect contact with an energised item, tracking through or across a medium (such as water), or by arching. Electrical burning and arching from equipment can also release toxic gases and air contaminants.
Organisations under the WHS Regulations are obligated to protect workers and others from the risk of injury from the use of electricity, and from working in the vicinity of electricity. The Electrical Safety Module is a 13-page document that provides guidance on the management strategies and mechanisms organization can implement to eliminate, or reduce and control risks arising from electricity.
The policy includes: