The Canadian Standard for Workplace Electrical Safety

2015 Update, CSA Z462


The third revision of CSA Z462 was released in January 2015. This update may affect a number of procedures and practices currently in use across Canada. The standard is available for purchase on the CSA website.
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Next Steps

Assess the impact to your Electrical Safety Program

  • Update language to align with the update
  • Understand and comply with due diligence requirements
  • Adopt the new recognized methods for identifying electrical hazards and risk assessment
  • Plan Electrical Safety retraining; it must be completed at intervals not to exceed 3 years
  • Identify electrical maintenance initiatives to include in your Electrical Safety Program
  • Schedule your next annual field work audit

Major Changes to the Standard

  • Content and terminology from CSA Z1002 has been added to support a risk assessment focus
  • Numerous Electrical Safety Program changes, including added maintenance items and a requirement for yearly audits of field work
  • Changes to the shock protection boundaries, including deletion of the Prohibited Approach Boundary
  • Significant changes to the selection of arc flash PPE; new and revised tables added to aid in the utilizing the Arc Flash PPE Category Method
  • Hazard/Risk Category ‘0’ removed
  • Additional requirements in regards to equipment labeling
  • New section on human performance and electrical safety

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