Safety

Safety is our highest priority

At TransGrid, the safety and welfare of our people and the broader community is our highest priority. We focus on injury prevention, health and safety risk management, and developing the capabilities of our teams to support a transparent safety culture. 

Our Health and Safety Policy outlines our safety principles as well as our commitment to complying with relevant legislation, codes of practice and industry standards. By implementing this policy, we aim to continually improve our safety performance and protect our people, contractors and the public.      

Safety at work 

Our people are empowered to manage their personal safety and the safety of others. We believe that everyone has a role to play in maintaining a safe working environment, and everyone has the right to stop work if they feel unsafe. All our employees and contractors are required to follow the TransGrid Power System Safety Rules when working on our network.  

As part of our open culture, we encourage hazard reporting across the business so that we can continually address risks and raise safety standards. We are also focused on promoting psychological health as well as physical safety, and invest in a comprehensive wellbeing program to support the welfare of our people.  

Safety in the community

Our substations and power lines are located within communities across NSW and the ACT. We engage closely with our contractors and the relevant authorities to ensure the safe and reliable operation of our assets and to safely manage works that take place near them.

As part of our commitment to protecting the community, we adhere to stringent safety guidelines and implement robust processes. These include: 

Electrical Network Safety Management System

Our Electrical Network Safety Management System (ENSMS) is in place to meet the expectations and requirements of stakeholders regarding public safety, the safety of people working near or on network assets, and the protection of property and network assets. It also addresses safety aspects arising from the protection of the environment, including protecting assets from fires, and safety aspects arising from the loss of electricity supply.

Public Electrical Safety Awareness Plan

Our Public Electrical Safety Awareness (PESA) Plan outlines how we safely manage our network assets. It informs the public about electricity hazards, particularly those relating to high voltage transmission lines and substations owned and/or operated by TransGrid. Our PESA meets the requirements of the Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014

BeSafeKids initiative

BeSafeKids is an educational program designed to teach children about the importance of safety around common electrical items and TransGrid’s assets. This free program is targeted at schools in communities where our projects or assets are located. We can present BeSafeKids to a classroom or the whole school. To enquire about the program, contact our Community Engagement team at community@transgrid.com.au  

We also provide easement guidelines to assist people living and working around power lines, guidelines for embarking on construction around underground cables, a factsheet on electric and magnetic fields, and advice on safety around trees near power lines.