Submit on the Construction and Demolition Standards to Stop them Watering it Down!

Regulators are trying to remove minimum lighting levels and the spacing tables on construction and demolition sites. The ETU Victoria is also concerned that workers can currently disconnect Emergency Lighting Circuits, which could compromise the integrity of the emergency lighting and the charging of the battery unit, putting workers lives at risk! The standard needs to be more prescriptive, not less.

Please submit to Standards Australia asking them to maintain health and safety standards on construction and demolition sites. It only takes a few minutes, and we’ve produced a guide to help you.

Here's a handy guide to submitting on the Standard:

1. You first need to register as a USER first to make a comment at: Click this link 
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2. Then logon with your email and password you created on registration.
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3. Then head to here to make your submission on the Standard: Click this link 
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4. Look for the Standard AS/NZS 3012:2018 Electrical Installations – Construction and Demolition Sites (down the bottom of the page).
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5. Then click “Make a comment” on the right



Your submission has two parts: a comment, and a proposed change:

 
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6. Copy and paste the text below to fill out your comment. Please also feel free to add to this with your own comment.

Click on Section / Sub section  and select - CLAUSE
Section Identifier  2       7      3
Comment type – TECHNICAL
Page Number – 25 


Comment – Copy and Paste wording below:

2.7.3 Emergency lighting

The current wording in 2.7.3.1 currently provides for an acceptable level of lux for emergency lighting on construction and demolition sites. To meet these requirements, an option rather than using a lux metre, Tables 2 – 5 were included in the last amendment after research and development was completed by representatives of Electrical Safe Victoria and the ETU. Subsequently endorsed by the Committee and the Industry.

Accordingly, these current minimum levels as outlined in the Draft Publication MUST be retained to ensure that emergency lighting installed provides adequate lighting for stairways, passageways and directly above and in front of switchboards, on all demolition and construction sites where the general lighting cannot be met using natural lighting. Such lighting shall allow safe access to and egress from the site.

There has been a number of instances where the integrity of the emergency lighting system has been compromised and therefore creating darkness as well as affecting the charging of the battery unit. The Emergency Lighting system installed must restrict and prevent the easy removal or tampering of “plugged in” Emergency Lighting systems that causes the workplace to be unsafe and could risk workers lives.

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7. Now add your proposed change in the box below.

PROPOSED CHANGE – Copy and Paste wording below:

2.7.3.1 General
Emergency lighting shall be provided in stairways, passageways and directly above and in front of switchboards, on all demolition and construction sites where the general lighting
cannot be met using natural lighting. Such lighting shall allow safe access to and egress from the site and shall provide the lighting levels specified in Items (a), (b) or (c) below.

Emergency lighting shall, in the required areas—
(a) provide an average of 20 lx at 900 mm above floor level along the centre-line of the corridor containing the emergency luminaires;
(b) be installed using luminaires complying with the luminaire classification, mounting height and spacing, as specified in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 5; or
(c) be installed based on calculations of illuminance complying with Clause 5.4.2.3 of AS 2293.1—2005 and using a minimum horizontal illuminance of 3 lx.

The emergency lighting level shall be provided for a minimum of one hour following loss of normal lighting in the area.
The emergency lighting circuit shall be installed in such a way to prevent the unauthorized disconnection of emergency luminaires resulting in affecting the integrity of the emergency lighting.

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8. You're done! Submit!

Any questions about the Standard or this guide? Contact ETU OHS Officer Kris Gretgrix on 0438 996 620 or by email at Kris.Gretgrix@etu.asn.au