Regulation On The Protection Of Workers Against Hazards Of The Electrical Current, As Well As Change The Construction Worker Protection Ordinance And The Ordinance Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

Original Language Title: Verordnung über den Schutz der Arbeitnehmer/innen vor Gefahren durch den elektrischen Strom sowie Änderung der Bauarbeiterschutzverordnung und der Verordnung explosionsfähige Atmosphären

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33. Regulation of the Federal Minister for labour, Social Affairs and consumer protection, of the regulation on the protection of workers against hazards due to the electrical current is adopted and be changed with the construction worker protection Ordinance and the Ordinance potentially explosive atmospheres

On the basis of §§ 17, 20, 25 para 7, 33 to 38, 60 par. 1 and 118 para 3 of the ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetzes - after, Federal Law Gazette No. 450/1994, as last amended by Federal Law Gazette I no. 51/2011, is prescribed:

Article I

Regulation on the protection of workers against hazards due to the electrical current (electrical protection regulation 2012 - 2012 ESV)

Table of contents


§ 1 scope and definitions 1 section: electrical installations and electrical equipment § 2. General provisions § 3. basic protection (protection against direct contact) § 4. fault protection (indirect contact protection) § 5 additional protection by residual current protective devices § 6 cable reels § 7 checks and audits section 8 checks before commissioning § 9 periodic tests § 10 minimum content of exams § 11 test findings 2. section: work on or in the vicinity of electrical installations § 12 working in a voltage-free State § 13 work under voltage § 14 working nearby under voltage standing parts 3. section : Lightning protection and final provisions § 15 lightning protection § 16 final provisions annex 1: danger zone annex 2: convergence zone scope and definitions

1. (1) this Regulation shall apply in workplaces, on construction sites and on foreign labour bodies within the meaning of the after.

(2) § 4 and 5 § only apply to electrical installations with nominal voltages up to 1000 V AC or 1500 V DC.

(3) for the purpose of this regulation is



1. qualified electrician: a person with appropriate technical training, knowledge and experience, so that she can recognize hazards and avoid that can emanate from the electricity

2. electro-technically instructed person: a person who was sufficiently taught by trained specialists so that she can avoid dangers that may emanate from the electricity.

1 section: electrical installations and electrical equipment

General terms and conditions

2. (1) to protect of the safety and health of workers from dangers that by the electricity go out, employers should ensure that electrical installations and electrical equipment be operated according to the recognized rules of technology, are always in safe condition and immediately corrected deficiencies are. If the operating conditions do not allow an immediate rectification, are appropriate measures for the protection of life and to take (E.g. by shutting off, indicate, installing signs) of the health of workers and to inform the affected workers about it.

(2) an employer must ensure that only such electrical installations and electrical equipment are used, which can conform to specific operational and local requirements in terms of operation and environmental influences and sure to resist the stresses to be expected (such as, where appropriate, in particular heat, cold, humidity and electrical, mechanical or chemical stresses).

(3) electrical installations and electrical equipment, of which assumes a risk of electrocution for the workers, are not allowed.

Basic protection (protection against direct contact)

3. (1) electrical installations and electrical equipment may be used only if their parts normal operation under voltage are protected by their type, location or arrangement or by special devices against direct contact or isolated in their entire history.

(2) para 1 shall not apply



1. in closed electrical operating sites, 2. in special cases, in which this allow the recognised rules of technology.

Fault protection (indirect contact protection)

4. (1) in electrical equipment and electrical apparatus is to apply at least a measure of error protection, such as in particular:



1 zero, 2. residual current protection circuit, 3 insulation monitoring system, 4. insulation, 5 protective low voltage, 6 functional extra-low voltage, 7 protective isolation, 8 protective grounding in electrical installations, which were built before 1 January 2011 in a. or b. were built after 1 January 2011, if zeroing and residual current protection circuit can not be applied.

(2) section 1 does not apply to exceptions that are explicitly stated in the recognised rules of technology, in particular



1. resources of the power supply for the measurement of electrical work and power with nominal voltages up to 250 V to Earth, 2 metal parts to the guide or reinforcement of wires and cables, when between metal parts and conductors insulation is 3. steel and steel concrete poles in distribution networks, 4 roof racks and metal parts conductively connected with these in distribution networks.

(3) for electrical equipment, a main equipotential bonding must be built. In underground mining work an additional conductors made of copper or steel must be accompanied to achieve a uniform Earth potential cross section regardless with at least 50 mm2 of the electric supply line. This head is at intervals of not more than 100 m with existing metal conductors to connect electrically conductive pipes and Rails, and properly earthed over days.

(4) by way of derogation from paragraph 1 must find application in electrical circuits powered by building electricity distributors at least a measure of error protection as in particular



1 4. protective low voltage zeroing, 2. residual current protection circuit, 3. insulation 5. protective isolation.

Additional protection by residual current protective devices

§ 5. employers have to ensure that



1. in workplaces circuits with Sockets for domestic use in accordance with ÖVE/ÖNORM IEC 60884-1 or for industrial applications in accordance with ÖVE/ÖNORM EN 60309-16 amp rated current at application of measures of earthing fault protection, earthing or residual current protection circuit with additional protection in the form of residual current protective devices with a nominal fault current of maximum 0.03 ampere are equipped, 2. construction electricity distributors-powered circuits with Sockets up to 32 amps nominal current , in application of the measures of error protection, earthing or residual current protection circuit, with an additional protection in the form of residual current protective devices with a nominal fault current of maximum 0.03 ampere are equipped, 3. portable electrical devices, who ask their workers as a means of work available, be operated on construction sites or on foreign jobs only on sockets that are part of an existing House installation or a similar system, , if a) is that the socket through a residual current device with a nominal fault current of maximum 0.03 ampere is protected or b) uses a mobile adapter with built-in fault current protective device with a rated fault current of 0.03 Amps max.

Cable reels

§ 6 an employer have to make sure that cable reels are used preferably with built-in overheating protection device. Cable reels without overheating protective device may be used only when completely rolled up cable.

Checks and audits

7. (1) an employer have to make sure that the electrical systems are used only in their workplaces and on construction sites, as well as the portable electrical equipment provided by them of their workers as a means of work if



1 were performed for these checks required by paragraph 3, 2nd § conducted 8 and 9 required tests for this according to § by electricians who have knowledge by examining comparable facilities and resources, and 3.
Information from Hersteller/innen or in traffic bringerinnen be adhered over the testing of the electrical equipment or electrical equipment.

(2) para 1 No. 2 does not apply to electrical installations of public power.

(3) the following checks by an electro-technically instructed person are required:



1. control of the function of residual current protective devices, at least for those who ensure the error or additional protection according to the rules of the art, by pressing the test button at the intervals specified by the Hersteller/innen or in traffic bringerinnen, as well as after a fault, if such intervals are not specified, at least every six months, 2. on construction sites: check of the electrical systems for the operation of the building sites and the electrical equipment for obvious defects at least once a week , 3. in the case of underground construction works: a) weekly check of the function of residual current protective devices by pressing the test button, the facilities for detecting ground-faults, equipment for the monitoring of the protective conductor and the insulation resistance, the emergency lighting and equipment for the emergency shutdown, b) at least monthly control of the function of residual current protective devices with appropriate instruments.


(4) on the results of checks are no. 3 after paragraph 3 notice in lead, which contain at least the date, name and signature of the person who has carried out the control,. The last two each notice above are to be kept.

(5) in the mining industry, an appropriate plan to set up is for the systematic examination, maintenance and, where appropriate, testing of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems. All maintenance, inspection and testing work on electrical equipment or electrical equipment are carried out by a qualified electrician. The exams and tests are to hold in a log that is to be kept accordingly.

Checks before commissioning

§ 8. An examination before commissioning is required for



1. electrical systems after its establishment or re-establishment, 2. electrical systems or equipment after major changes, major extensions or repairs, 3. portable electrical equipment to changes or to rehabilitation.

Recurring inspections

§ 9 (1) periodic tests are required for



1. electrical equipment, 2. unless portable electrical devices of protection class I in workplaces, showed the determination and assessment of risks that they run only on sockets of an electrical system Z 1 corresponding to § 5, 3. portable electrical equipment used in mining or underground mining work.

(2) the time intervals by periodic inspections referred to in paragraph 1 is no longer than five years. By way of derogation from the time intervals are



1. at the latest ten years, if the electrical system is exposed to only small loads as particularly in offices or in trade or services, if there are no influences according to par. 3, 2. at the latest three years in hazardous areas and in areas where explosive materials are used, 3. no later than year in hazardous areas and in areas where explosive work materials used , in the case of an extraordinary stress for example by a in para 3 Z 1 be won mentioned effects, 4. at the latest one year at construction sites, as well as in those parts of workplaces or external jobs, in which solid mineral raw materials upper days or prepared, 5 at the latest six months in underground works and in the mountaintop removal under.

(3) by way of derogation from paragraph 2 has the authority for the inspection of electrical installations, to impose shorter time intervals to plant parts or electrical equipment not covered by paragraph 2 Z 3 to 5:



1. at the latest three years in the case of an extraordinary stress for example by a) dampness or wetness, or if condensation or water spray cannot be ruled out, b) ambient temperatures less than-20 ° C or higher than 40 ° C, c) exposure to acids, alkalis, solvents or their vapors, which can cause corrosion, d) direct exposure to weather conditions, as far as she wasn't through lit. included are a or b, e) exposure to dust created by the operations.

2. at the latest one year in the case of an exceptional stress due to the confluence of several of the effects referred to in subpara 1.

(4) the authority has additional checks to require, if the suspicion is that an electrical installation or electrical equipment is not in good condition and as a result, workers might be at risk.

Minimum content of the exams

§ 10 (1) must according to §§ 8 and 9 tests for electrical installations include at least the following contents:



1 Visual inspection of proper condition 2. protection against direct contact (basic protection) 3. protection against indirect contact (fault protection) 4. If necessary additional protection 5. protection measures if necessary, record the thermal State-related electrical equipment.

(2) in the case of mobile electrical equipment tests must include 8 and 9 at least the following contents § according to §:



1. Visual inspection of the proper condition, 2. function test, 3rd, where appropriate, testing of the protective conductor and protective conductor current, 4. measurement, if necessary, measure the insulation resistance.

Inspection findings

§ 11 (1) is to ensure that the results of the checks are recorded according to §§ 8 and 9 in a test report that contains the following information:



1 you realized inspection date, 2. name of the auditor or examiner, 3. address of the auditor / the examiner or name and address of the testing body, 4. signature of the auditor the Auditor, 5. scope and result of the test system must be able to clearly understand which plants, plant parts and equipment were tested, 6 measures of error protection and additional protection in the electrical system.

(2) wiring diagrams and documents for the electrical system, as well as findings on assessments prior to commissioning (section 8) are to be kept to the inactivity of the electrical system or leaving the electrical equipment. Recurring inspections (section 9) are each at least the last two to be kept. The inspection interval is more than three years, the findings of the last review is sufficient.

(3) the test findings for electrical systems or their copies in the workplace or on the construction site, the test results for portable electrical equipment must be available at the place of installation of electrical equipment. The inspection findings at the site associated with this attachment must be viewable in non-occupied installations.

(4) paragraph 3 does not apply to electrical equipment, a test badge is affixed to them, the



1. the date of the last recurring inspection is in, 2 has a unique association with the test results of electrical apparatus, 3 is indelible and clearly labeled, 4 prominently on the electrical equipment is attached.

2 part: Work on or in the vicinity of electrical installations

Working in a voltage-free State

12. (1) employers have to ensure that before the beginning of works performed in voltage-free work area is clearly identified and the work carried according to the recognised rules of technology. In particular the five safety rules to comply with are:



2. unintentionally unlock secure 1, determine 3 voltage 4. Earth and short-circuit: a) in high-voltage systems in any case, b) in low voltage or low-voltage installations, if there is a risk that the system voltage is used, 5. cover neighbouring voltage parts or cordon.

(2) all persons involved in the work must be electrically skilled persons or electrically instructed persons or are supervised by such a person.

Working under voltage

13. (1) employers have to ensure that work be performed according to the recognised rules of technology.

(2) the work may be carried out only by qualified electricians or electrically instructed persons, the



1 relevant specialised training and have the required retraining, and 2 allowing for the respect of the work equipment and personal protective equipment have a for the respect of the work.

(3) the work may be carried out only if written work instructions are set.

(4) of paragraph 2 No. 1 and of paragraph 3 may be waived if the determination and assessment of risks for the recognised rules of technology yields that a safe operation is still possible.

(5) in heavy rain, when visibility is poor, during a thunderstorm, fire - and explosion hazard or if work equipment can be used freely, working under voltage should not be carried. In other unfavourable conditions the employer has to restrict working under voltage according to the reduction of the insulation and the restricted point of view and freedom of movement.

(6) an employer must ensure that work equipment and personal protective equipment will receive for the work in good condition. The workers are to instruct in the necessary procedure (relating to storage and storage, transport, care, maintenance).

Work near energized related parts

Section 14 (1) employers have to ensure that nearby under tension parts with nominal voltages above 50 V AC or 120 V DC only is worked, if it is ensured by appropriate measures according to the recognised rules of technology that workers can not touch the parts under voltage and not to penetrate with body parts or objects in dangerous areas (para. 3 and 4).

(2) appropriate measures within the meaning of paragraph 1 are



1 guard, cover, encapsulation, or insulating coating of parts under voltage, or 2. If this is not possible, protection by distance in accordance with the paragraph 3 to 5.


(3) in the case of para 2, no. 2 have the employer before the work to set the size of the necessary distance that must be in any case greater than the danger zone (annex 1), and have to consider the following when determining:



1. type and circumstances of work, 2. training and knowledge of workers, 3. magnitude of the voltage, 4 kind of used equipment and other equipment, 5 possible movements of equipment and items (E.g., loads, carrying or lifting) as well as overhead lines.

(4) if not electrical work, especially construction, should be carried out by electrical lay, also no. 2 in the case of paragraph 2, the following applies:



1. the necessary distance must be at least greater than the convergence zone (annex 2).

2. There are others only such equipment to use, which height and reach ensure that the necessary distance or b. appropriate technical measures to apply (such as impact ropes, down restrictions, turning, height or boom limitations of machines), that sure, make sure that a dangerous approach to live parts is prevented or appropriate c. operational or organisational measures (such as warning devices), which are , that a dangerous approach to live parts is prevented.

(5) the employee must be thoroughly informed about the necessary safety distances. This applies in particular to non-Electrotechnical works where a dangerous approach to live parts is foreseeable (crane, ladders, concrete lift, etc.).

3 section: lightning protection and final provisions

Lightning protection

Section 15 (1) workplaces must be equipped with lightning protection system if there is a hazard due to their height, area, surroundings and the expected lightning activity (ground Flash density), in relation to the construction, use or content of the building, by lightning or by the consequences of a lightning strike. This applies also to construction sites, as far as this is technically possible.

(2) for Lightning-prone equipment, precautions must be taken by the caused electrical charges in a safe way in the ground are derived by lightning.

(3) § 8 Nos. 1 and 2 also applies to lightning protection systems. Employers that have also to ensure that lightning protection systems that are required pursuant to paragraph 1 to be checked regularly to its proper State and deficiencies will be corrected immediately. Tests are required by electricians who have knowledge of the relevant lightning protection standards and knowledge by examining comparable systems, in the following time intervals:



1 at the latest three years, no longer than one year in the case of using 2 of them deviated from explosive, highly flammable, or larger amounts of combustible substances (or work substances of risk class 1, the hazard class 6 category 1 and 2 or the hazard class 7).

(4) for the test findings, section 11, paragraph 1 is Z 1 to 4, paragraph 2 and paragraph 3.

Final provisions

Section 16 (1) with regard to electrical systems that already exist, at the time of entry into force of this regulation is complied with the obligations under article 3, article 4, paragraph 1 and 3 and § 5 through compliance with the electrotechnical regulations granted the establishment or modification of the electrical system in force at the time, if not for the electrical installation in a regulation or a decision according to § 4 paragraph 2 of the engineering Act of 1992 , BGBl. No. 106/1993, somewhat standardized is another.

(2) § 8 Nos. 1 and 2 only applies to electrical installations, which are first put into operation after entryinto force of ofthis regulation.

(3) pursuant to article 125, paragraph 8 after stating that articles 16 and 21 para 4 as well as in article 21 par. 5 and 6 references to para 4 of federal law applicable in accordance with article 119, paragraph 1 after compressed air and diving work regulation, Federal Law Gazette No. 501/1973, as last amended by BGBl. II No. 13/2007, with entry into force of this Regulation except force become.

(4) it is stated that in accordance with article 196, paragraph 1 Z 7 of the mineral raw materials Act, Federal Law Gazette I no. 38/1999 (MinroG) continue current mountain police regulation of electrical engineering, Federal Law Gazette No. 737/1996, as worker protection regulations with entry into force of this Regulation except force occurs.

(5) whereas article 7, par. 5, point 3.1 of the annex to Directive 92/104/EEC and point 4.1 of the annex to the Directive 92/91/EEC be implemented.

(6) Z 2 section come into force one year after the date referred to in paragraph 7 5 Z 3 and section 9, paragraph 1.

(7) this regulation enter into force on March 1, 2012. At the same time the electrical protection Regulation 2003 - ESV 2003, Federal Law Gazette II No. 424/2003, override.