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The Orange Book

The Traction Industry Electrical Safety Rules

The Victorian Traction Industry Electrical Safety Rules 2014 (The Orange Book) provide the guiding electrical safety principles that support the development and review of companies’ policies and procedures relating to electrical safety.

The Orange Book 2014

To read The Orange Book 2014, click here.

The Victorian Railway and Tramway Electrical Safety Committee

The Victorian Railway and Tramway Electrical Safety Committee (VRTESC) is established under Section 8 of the Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005. It comprises representatives from Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, the Electrical Trades Union and ESV.

The Committee’s role is to review and update the Victorian Traction Industry Electrical Safety Rules (The Orange Book) and facilitate the electrical safety of electrical distribution systems and high voltage electrical installations in the Victorian Traction Industry.

A review was undertaken in 2014 to ensure compliance with The Blue Book 2012 while also identifying specific electrical safety issues directly related to DC traction work environments.


This is achieved through the provision of recommendations to the Director of Energy Safety on the following:

  • the setting of minimum safety standards for work on or near high voltage and low voltage AC and DC electrical installations and the supply network,
  • changes to the Orange Book arising from incidents that have implications for electrical safety in the Traction Industry, and
  • Interpretations / advice on the Electrical Safety Rules.

Help us update The Orange Book

The Orange Book is reviewed regularly by the VRTESC and republished as required.

As workers in the industry, ESV is seeking your comments and suggested improvements on the 2014 edition of The Orange Book.

How to comment

All emailed suggestions or comments should include the following information:

  • Subject line: The Orange Book 2014 suggested improvements
  • Your name or the name of the person commenting/suggesting a change
  • Your company name
  • Page number in The Orange Book
  • Clause number
  • Your comment, and/or
  • Suggested alternative text (if required)

Provide your comments or suggested improvements in an email to Rob Oldfield at

If you have any questions about The Orange Book, contact the Electricity Safety and Technical Regulation team at ESV by calling 03 9203 9700.