The Electrical Safety Awareness course is delivered to all employees working on or near electrical systems at various levels, from Fabric Technicians to Gas Engineers and Electricians to Electrical Engineers.
The electrical related industry is extremely diverse and employees can take a number of routes to working on basic or complex electrical systems. For instance, a domestic electrician will generally undertake different training and will acquire different skills and knowledge through experience than an industrial maintenance electrician working in a factory environment. Likewise a fabric technician may be able to carry out basic electrical tasks, such as lamp changing without any formal training and may simply be instructed. In each case the employee must have the relevant competency for the systems they are working on at the time.
The Electrical Working Safely course & assessment contains a overview of the legal requirements and expected practice in the electrical industry. It includes elements of Legislation, guidance from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Technical Policy from the Institute of Engineering and Technilogy (IET), formerly the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and other professional bodies, and covers the following areas:
An overview of the legislation
Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
Electricity at Work Regulations1989
Definitions (i.e. of voltage levels, live work, etc.)
Safe Systems of Work
Appointment of Competent Persons
Effects of Electricity (shocks & burns)
Types & Methods of Protection
Harmonisation of Cable Colours
Safe & Secure Isolation
PPE & Test Equipment Requirements
Locking Off Procedure
Spot the Faults exercise
Building Regulations Part P
Lock Out & Tag System
Permit to Work
Certification of the Installation
DC Safety Awareness
Generic systems can be discussed during the training to highlight areas where additional control measures need to be introduced. Alternatively the course can be tailored to integrate the companies existing policies and procedures beforehand, although this would require an element of consultancy.
The assessment comes in two parts, with delegates carrying out a practical demonstration of safe and secure isolation along with a test paper.
The test paper contains 11 pages of mixed multiple choice and written questions starting with basic legislative requirements and then increasing in technical complexity in the second and third sections. Some of the questions are covered on the course and some rely on acquired knowledge across a number of disciplines. The more technical questions cover areas such as lighting, control systems and industrial motors.
There is no pass mark requirement and results help the employer to determine the employees type of competency, and whether there are any gaps in their understanding, required for the nature of the work they undertake. If gaps are discovered additional training may be required or limits on certain types of work may need to be introduced and enforced. As employees often have to adapt to new job requirements or changing technologies throughout their career, we recommend that employees attend the course and are reassessed every 3 to 5 years.