EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2019, issue 56 - Page 14

Latest news Summer 2019 energysafe issue 56 Tree climbers get the ESV safety message By Dan Tulen, Advisor, Line Clearance Assurance ESV’s Line Clearance Assurance team has again taken an active role in the Victorian Tree Climbing Championships. The championships are held in various locations around Victoria each November and the events are organised by the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation (VTIO). The VTIO is an industry body whose members include arborists, tree climbers and other tree industry workers in Victoria. ESV has been a major sponsor of the VTIO for the past three years and the championships are an opportunity for our Line Clearance Assurance team to promote our line safety campaigns, safe work practices and assist with the running of the event. This year the team attended the event at Landcox Park, Brighton East. Throughout the day team members engaged with industry stakeholders, providing information and advice to participants and tree industry personnel, including ensuring people working with trees are aware of the need for completing works safely near powerlines and knowing the rules they are required to follow. 14 The event offered three categories of competition: student, masters and an open category. Sixty competitors undertook designated climbing tasks including a speed climb, work climb, aerial rescue, throw line and an ascent event. Each climb was timed and scored for technical correctness, with totals determining class and overall winners for the day. Overall winners will represent Victoria at the national tree climbing championships to be held on the Gold Coast next year. Events such as the Victorian Tree Climbing Championships offer ESV an opportunity for its staff to speak directly with industry stakeholders, ensuring our key safety messages are communicated directly to our intended audience. The championships also provide industry participants an open environment in which to raise issues and ask questions of the industry safety regulator. Online Services no longer available We continue to transfer and develop new services on ESVConnect, and as a result, from 8 November 2019 Online Services was no longer available to REC’s, LEW’s and IC’s. Upgrade to ESVConnect All licensed electrical workers must upgrade to ESVConnect to lodge COES and manage licences. You will need your Online Services User ID and password to do so. If you do not have these, lodge an enquiry via our Licensing Contact form on the Contact us page of our website or call the Licensing team on 1800 815 721. ESVConnect works best in Google Chrome, which can be easily downloaded. Do not use Internet Explorer to access ESVConnect. Registration of Cathodic Protection Systems The new Electricity Safety (Cathodic Protection) Regulations 2019, which came into force on 29 November 2019, advise that small cathodic protection systems (250mA and below) are no longer required to be registered due to the low risk of stray currents affecting other structures. More information can be found on the ESV website.