Electrical safety standards

At the University we interact with electrical installations and use thousands of plug-in electrical devices every day. The majority of electrical installations and equipment has been designed to protect us from exposure to electricity. However, the use of damaged or faulty electrical equipment can pose significant electrical risks. The most common electrical risks are the potential for electric shock causing injury or death and fires resulting from electrical faults.


This document provides a framework for the management of electrical risks associated with University activities. The University performance standards and associated guidance detail a range of specific risk controls.

These standards give effect to the Work Health & Safety Policy 2012. Compliance with these University performance standards and procedures assists the University to meet the specific legislative requirements of the NSW Work Health & Safety Act and Regulation 2011.


These performance standards and procedures apply to all University staff, students, affiliates and contractors, and all activities undertaken by and on behalf of the University.

This document does not address the risks associated with electrical work carried out by electrical contractors. Refer to the CIS Contractor Induction Handbook for information regarding the requirements for electrical work.