ICTWHS203 Work safely near power infrastructure

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to conduct telecommunications operations near substantial safety hazards. It includes safety hazard management at heights near electrical distribution infrastructure, radiation devices or other services in confined spaces. It applies to field officers who work with cables on elevated work platforms, in confined spaces and on roofs and other structures near power lines. It does NOT include work on public electricity assets. Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements.

It includes:

1. Conduct risk assessment

1.1 Confirm work instructions with appropriate personnel

1.2 Select work health and safety (WHS) legislation, policy and procedures and technical standards relevant to the work

1.3 Assess risks from electrical, radiation, gas etc services

1.4 Assess safety of the worksite, other services and support structures using appropriate monitoring equipment

1.5 Complete a job safety analysis (JSA) or similar

1.6 Obtain and confirm permits from relevant authorities within scope of personal authority

1.7 Assess potential emergencies relevant to the site

1.8 Note earthing arrangements for telecommunications infrastructure and any other services that impinge on the worksite

2. Develop hazard management plan

2.1 Propose strategies to manage potential safety hazards

2.2 Communicate hazard management strategies

2.3 Establish and confirm EMERGENCY safety procedures

2.4 Obtain safety and personal protective equipment

2.5 Delineate safe work zones and limits of approach

2.6 Arrange road safety and traffic control measures

3. Work safely

3.1 Use safety equipment and clothing effectively

3.2 Use ladders, climbing or lifting equipment to work safely at heights

3.3 Operate hand and power tools safely at heights

3.4 Work within identified safety zones and approach limits

3.5 Comply with enterprise and industry earthing practices

3.6 Monitor and manage risks throughout work procedures

3.7 Apply emergency procedures in the event of an incident

3.8 Reinstate the worksite to ensure safety

Duration      1 day

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