Ceiling space wirings present a serious risk of an electrical shock from contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding all workers and businesses that ceiling spaces are high-risk work locations as electrical safety inspectors are auditing new and existing ceiling space wiring installations, as well as mid-construction to ensure compliance with the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000).
Inspectors will be taking enforcement action if they find non-compliant installations and work practices. The five most common issues identified during previous audits were:
- Wiring systems installed in prohibited locations
- Protection of cables against mechanical damage
- Inadequate support of wiring to prevent sagging
- Wiring systems installed within suspended ceilings
- Luminaries supported by a ceiling panel
The new Wiring Rules edition has a number of revisions from the 2007 edition, including more than 200 changes. It expands coverage on electrical installations, improves safeguards and brings industry requirements in line with best practice. It was published on 26 June 2018.
There is a six-month transition period. The 2018 Wiring Rules are enforceable from 1 January 2019. Electrical contractors are urged to comply with the new edition where possible during the transition period.