Electrical Safety

Schools can now visit the Policy and Advisory Library (PAL) for this information. This page will remain in this location but will be for corporate staff only. School staff should use PAL for all policy, procedures and other operational information.



Electricity is a primary form of energy. It can shock, burn, damage nerves and internal organs and can cause serious injury or death. The effect of electricity on the body depends on the magnitude and duration of exposure to the current, the path of the current through the body and the impedance (resistance) of the body.

When electricity flows through a conductive material such as electrical wire, heat is produced. With proper design and compliance with codes and wiring systems, devices will have resistance low enough that current-carrying parts and connections should not overheat. However, if there is a poor circuit connection, an overload of current or a fault in the circuit, electricity can escape from the circuit and cause cable heating, distortion and fires.

For these reasons, all electrical equipment and installations used within the Department's workplaces must meet the highest standards of safety.  The regular scheduled testing of all electrical equipment and installations and the tagging out of any equipment found to be deficient will ensure ongoing safety.

Relevant sections of the OHSMS


Legislation, guidance and Codes of Practice

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017

Electrical Safety Act 1998

AS/NZS 3760:2010 In service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

AZ/NZS 3000: 2018 Electrical Installations

Contact us

OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email safety@edumail.vic.gov.au

Further information

Energy Safe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria