The Blue Book
The Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for Work on or Near High Voltage Electrical Apparatus.
The Blue Book is maintained by the Electrical Safety Committee (ESC), established under Section 8 of the Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005.
Owners and operators of the electricity supply network, high voltage electrical installations and complex electrical installations are required to comply with the Blue Book.
Electrical Safety Committee (ESC)
The objective of the ESC is to review and further develop the Blue Book to facilitate the electrical safety of electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems, the traction supply network, and high voltage electrical installations.
The ESC consists of representatives from various industry sectors including electricity supply companies, traction companies, the electrical worker’s union, electrical contracting services providers, SafeWork and Victorian Customer Electrical Safety Committee (VSESC).
Victorian Customer Electrical Safety Committee (VCESC)
The VCESC (formerly the HV Customer Sub-Committee of the ESC) represents Victorian high voltage customers to support and improve electrical safety in Victoria. VCESC objectives are:
- to make recommendations to ESV/ ESC on changes to improve electrical safety,
- to provide representatives for the Electrical Safety Committee (ESC), and
- to provide a mechanism for customers in industry to raise other identified issues pertaining to electrical hazards, installations and work, and make representation as required.
The Blue Book
The 2017 Blue Book has been revised by the Electrical Safety Committee established under section 8 of the Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005.
UPDATE: Please note, the latest edition of the Blue Book 2017 has been updated as at Sunday, 1 July 2018. If you have downloaded a copy prior to this date – please discard it and refer to the latest version. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for Work On or Near High Voltage Electrical Apparatus, (The Blue Book) is revised and republished every five years to ensure the safety standards for work on or near high voltage electrical apparatus are fit for purpose, reflect industry best practice and are improved where possible.
The first draft was released in June 2017, open to public comment. Since its last publishing, the 2017 edition has made 18 amendments, excluding typographical and formatting errors.
As part of the ongoing review, ESV is seeking comments and suggested improvements on the 2017 edition of the Blue Book.
The Code of Practice on Electrical Safety for Work on or Near High Voltage Electrical Apparatus was superseded by The Blue Book 2017 on 17 October 2017. All industry workers must now comply with the requirements of The Blue Book 2017.