EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2019, issue 56 - Page 18

Electrical news Summer 2019 energysafe issue 56 New team to strengthen ESV's regulatory oversight By Brett Fox, Head of Regulatory Assurance The Electrical Safety and Technical Regulation (ESTR) division has created a new team to test and challenge the sustainability of the asset and risk management practices and controls of Victoria’s major electricity companies (MECs). The Systems Intelligence (SI) team will add to and strengthen the already robust regulatory role of ESTR which is responsible for: » ensuring the electrical safety of electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems, electrical installations and electrical equipment » controlling the electrical safety standards of electrical work carried out by electrical workers, and » promoting the prevention and mitigation of bushfire danger. In mid-September, two highly qualified and experienced distribution asset inspectors, Ricky Whiteley and Matthew Pearce, started work as the foundation members of the SI team. Ricky comes to ESV from AusNet Services where he was an asset inspector for eight years, and an internal auditor for five years. During this time, he was involved with the inspection of AusNet Service's assets and the auditing of their central team of asset inspectors. Likewise, Matthew has extensive experience and knowledge of asset inspection practices and auditing. For more than 10 years he worked for a key industry provider of asset inspection services throughout central Victoria – both as an asset inspector and, for the last six years, as the manager of a large team of asset inspectors. In their new roles, Ricky and Matthew will be: » inspecting electrical network assets » assisting in developing asset management oversight strategies » auditing of MEC asset management systems, practices and approaches, and » assisting with investigations. It is planned for the SI team to be fully resourced and operational early in January next year with the appointment of experienced asset management engineer, Peter Livingston, as team leader. Once the full team is in place, both Ricky and Matthew will attain credentials in government incident investigation and become ESV compliance and enforcement officers. This will enable them to fully utilise their unique skill sets and mobile nature of their work to respond quickly to any electricity network incidents that occur. They will also work to develop and implement systems, processes and effective data management to inform ESV’s view on the efficacy of MEC asset management and inspection practice. Ricky's understanding of the work practices and methodologies used by industry to meet their asset inspection regulatory obligations will be invaluable. Fresh faces: Matthew (left) and Ricky (right) join the SI team. 18