High Voltage Electrical Compliance and Safety Operating Procedures

THE WORKSHOP

Employees performing operations and maintenance work on high voltage electrical transmission and distribution systems are exposed to a greater hazard than most other employees. In industry the majority of safety rules and regulations originated from the painful experience of workers who suffered serious injuries or even death. Therefore, rules should not be seen as a means of limiting our freedom, but should rather be looked upon as valuable advice to ensure safe working conditions. This training workshop covers the basic procedures in working safely on high voltage systems including the aspects of safety management and safety auditing.

The workshop aims to impart a thorough overall knowledge of working safely on high voltage installations and the various related topics including:

  • Safety legislation
  • Electrical hazards and safety management
  • Technical aspects of electrical safety
  • Safety in operation and maintenance
  • Importance of periodic inspection of electrical installations for ensuring safety
  • Safety audits to detect shortcomings

The workshop will include hands-on practice in safety documentation such as development of switching plans and electrical access permits of different types.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Design engineers
  • Electrical operators
  • Maintenance technicians  
  • Plant electrical engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Testing and commissioning engineers and technicians

 

CONTENT SUMMARY

UK LEGISLATION, INCLUDING ON SHORE AND OFF SHORE REQUIREMENTS

  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • PUWER regulations
  • Electricity at Work Regulations
  • Enforcement Management Model (EMM)
  • Protocol on work related deaths
  • Risk gap

OVERVIEW OF BASIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

  • Risk, danger, shock and burn
  • HV consequences
  • Zero risk approach
  • Elimination, substitution, control, PPE

MANAGEMENT ASPECTS

  • Safety policy, objectives
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Competence
  • Training and retraining
  • Authorisation including levels of authorisation
  • Authorising engineer
  • Competent persons
  • Authorised persons
  • Senior authorised persons
  • Communication
  • Audit and review

EQUIPMENT ASPECTS

  • Power system fundamentals
  • Circuit breakers and switches
  • Operating mechanisms
  • Instrumentation, test equipment and testing points
  • Standard rating factors, plain break / arc suppression systems
  • Insulation types, vacuum, air, SF6
  • Protection systems
  • System earthing
  • Commissioning procedures
  • Test equipment

OPERATIONAL ASPECTS  

  • Rules, procedures and instructions
  • Method statements, risk assessments etc
  • Switching plan and possibility of back feeding etc
  • Safety documents: permits to work, sanctions for test, limitation of access
  • Duties of permit issuer and recipient
  • Working party control
  • Isolation, lockout / tagout
  • Caution and danger notices
  • Proof of dead
  • Safety earthing

MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION AND TEST

  • Specification for maintenance and inspection routines and frequencies

AUDIT AND REVIEW

  • Internal or external audit of procedures, rules etc to ensure they are “fit for purpose”
  • Safety document audit
  • Inspection of equipment, locks, notices etc.
  • Audit of persons, training records, authorisations etc.

PRACTICAL EXCERCISES

  • Development of switching plans
  • Operating mechanisms  
  • Permits to work
  • Sanctions for test
  • Working party control
  • Abnormal event scenarios and how to remedy

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