As most of Britain enjoys an unseasonably warm summer, many of us are forced to suffer the torture of heat whilst at work. Whilst there are minimum temperatures stated for employees in place in the workplace there are no maximum limits stated in law, although there is a general reference requiring temperatures to be kept at a comfortable level (thermal comfort). There is also a legal requirement for employers to provide clean and fresh air.
There are six basic factors that affect thermal comfort: air temperature; radiant temperature; air velocity; humidity; clothing insulation and metabolic heat.
In order to keep cool, the Health and Safety Executive recommend that you should wear light clothing with minimal layers, whilst maintaining dignity and complying with any company policy. The use of fans to create air movement will also help as will using window blinds to deflect heat from the sun. Drinking water is actively encouraged, however, caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee are discouraged as they have a dehydrating effect. Taking regular breaks is important and talking with your employer will be necessary if extended discomfort is experienced.
Ensuring that you remain fit and healthy during the heatwave is important both when you are at work and whilst at home enjoying the summer sun. staying hydrated and protecting against the harmful rays from the sun will have both short-term and long-term benefits for you and your family.
Many companies have policies in place that restrict access to electrical control panels and distribution boards to competent persons only. For some, those policies are sacrosanct, and anyone disobeying them are strictly dealt with. For others, the policy is applied most of the time, but when supervisory cover is reduced, and production demands are at their greatest, such policies are often forgotten about.
Where non-electrical persons are required to gain entry into panels for first-level breakdown intervention we have a Control Panel Entry course that allows attendees to identify tripped circuit breakers and overload devices and, after carrying out a basic visual check, reset that device on one occasion to restore supply. The course is very much safety focussed and clearly sets out the boundaries in which a person may operate and at what point it is necessary to escalate the incident to a competent authority. The focus of the course is on safety, both of the individual and fellow workers and the dangers associated with electricity are illustrated at every opportunity. After completing training at ESUK, your operatives will be better placed to gain entry into panels safely for basic first-line breakdowns.
Safe isolation of electrical supplies is something that every company assumes that their maintenance and installation teams are trained to undertake
Safe isolation of electrical supplies is something that every company assumes that their maintenance and installation teams are trained to undertake, however it is often the case that individuals have not received any formal training in such tasks, or that any training given was so long ago that the basic principles have been forgotten. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that those engaged in electrical activities have the knowledge and experience to undertake work safely, many employers fail with regards to this in that they are often unable to demonstrate that their staff have been deemed competent to undertake safe isolation tasks. It is often the case that operatives do not fully understand the implications of live working and will attempt many tasks with the power supply connected or will undertake part of the safe isolation process but omit essential sections such as locking off the supply or fitting a notice, or proving dead using a non-approved device or failing to verify the correct functioning of a voltage indicator both before and immediately after use.
At ESUK we have the perfect training course to ensure that your staff are trained in safe isolation procedures and have been observed to ensure that they know how to do it right. We also have Authorising Engineer capabilities to provide an independent assessment of the competency of your staff. Feel free to contact us to find out more.
In the past nearly all large industrial sites would have at least one chartered or degree qualified electrical engineer on the staff. Smaller sites would have access to an Electrical Technical Authority or equivalent, that they could turn to if they had any concerns or needed technical help. In my current role as a Principal Electrical Consultant we engage with different clients in many industries. It is becoming increasingly clear that many sites no longer carry qualified electrical engineers on their staff. In my opinion this is having a material effect on electrical safety and electrical engineering standards in the UK. When visiting sites, my point of contact is often one of the following:
Some of the personnel above, may not necessarily have any electrical knowledge.
A common theme that runs through these concerns is that quite often personnel without an understanding of electrical hazards are being asked to manage electrical risk. Even more worrying is that “you don’t know what you don’t know”. In other words, businesses may be carrying significant electrical risk without recognising that the risk is present. The risk is often realised and as an Electrical Safety Consultant I could be asked to help when:
I do recognise that businesses are under intense pressure to reduce cost. The decision to reduce cost can be combined with significant time pressure. The result is that the management of the change to reduce headcount, does not properly consider re-assignment of electrical safety activities and responsibilities. This results in Electrical Safety Management documentation that relies and references job roles and responsibilities of persons that are no longer with the business. In other words you have gaps appearing in your safety system!
At Electrical Safety UK we are helping businesses in this situation by providing them with an Electrical Technical Authority Support Contract that allows them to call-off technical support as and when it is needed at a very reasonable cost. We even provide businesses with a Free Health Check that can help them determine if they have any gaps in their existing Electrical Safety Management System.
If you are concerned that you may have gaps in your systems or that you are carrying risk that you may, or may not be aware of, give us a call on 0800 652 1124 and we would be happy to help you.
Principal Electrical Consultant
The 18th Edition is almost upon us and the expected furore that was predicted has been met in the main by confusion and indifference, with many asking what the real purpose of the change is all about. To some it is seen as a money-making exercise, after all, replacing all those copies of BS 7671 and the accompanying Guidance Notes doesn’t come cheap, whilst to others it is seen as the UK preparing for Brexit.
In truth it is neither of the above, although the issue of a new edition of BS 7671 will require the acquisition of new publications that has a cost element. BS 7671 is constantly being updated and the current Edition BS 7671:2008 its third and final amendment in 2015. Technical standards and product innovation has developed at such a rate that the only practical solution is to issue an entire new edition. For those who believe it is in relation to the UK leaving the European Union, this also could not be any further from the truth and in fact BS 7671:2018 will be closely aligned to the standards applied across Europe and aligned to International principals. Brexit is unlikely to result in any significant changes to the UK Wiring Regulations, at least in the short-term.
The cost of training is also another area identified by many as an additional burden brought about by the introduction of BS 7671:2018. It is worth noting that to date neither the Joint Industry Board (JIB), who operate the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme, nor the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installations Contracting have stated any requirements for those who currently hold a 17th Edition qualification to upgrade to the 18th Edition, and it is likely that it will be around 12 months before such requirements are implemented. From July until December 2018 City and Guilds will be offering the 2382 Level 3 Award in the Requirements for Electrical Installations for both 17th Edition and 18th Edition. It is important to verify which award your training provider will be entering you for.
For those who are conversant with BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 or have recently passed the 2382-15 Award, City and Guilds recommend attending a short-duration update course before attempting the examination. Only those who require an understanding of the format and the requirement of the Wiring Regulations need attend the full course.
Just to clarify that BS 7671:2018 will come into force at the beginning of July 2018 and will run concurrent to BS 7671:2008+A3:2015. During this time electrical installations may be designed, installed, inspected and tested to either version of BS 7671, although it is not permitted to apply aspects from both Editions simultaneously. From the 1st January 2019 BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 will be repealed and all design, installation, inspection and testing must comply with BS 7671:2018.
So what about competence? Looking at Regulation 16 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, there is a requirement for those working on or so near an electrical installation that danger might exist have the necessary knowledge, and/or appropriate experience to avoid such danger whilst at work. The changes introduced by BS 7671:2018 are likely to have the biggest impact on those responsible for designing electrical installations and those involved in the commissioning and verification process.
Those who undertake installation work are unlikely to see any significant changes initially with the introduction of the 18th Edition with Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) and 20A RCD’s making a gradual entry to the UK market. There will be more clarification on the requirements for Main Protective Bonding (formerly Equipotential Bonding), particularly with regards to pipework fitted with insulating sections. The supporting of wiring systems against premature collapse might, however, cause a little concern until the market catches up with affordable and innovative solutions.
Those who need to demonstrate that they have an understanding on the Requirements of Electrical Installations, and those who are responsible for design and commissioning are likely to wish to train to the latest Edition of BS 7671. For those who over the next 6 months are taking assessments in courses aligned to BS 7671 such as the 2396 Design and Verification Level 4 Award or the 2391 Level 3 Award series inspection and testing suite will be pleased to note that City and Guilds will be making examination questions ‘Edition neutral’, that is, they will not be asking any questions where there is a discrepancy between BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 and BS 7671:2018.
Change within BS 7671 is nothing new and the timing of the current re-write is consistent with what has happened in the past. Whilst the convention of the colour used on the sleeve of BS 7671:2018 might depart with tradition (usually the new edition is coloured Red, the 18th edition will start with blue), the remainder of the publication remains true to its origins. There is no need for panic, and with a little forethought the introduction of BS 7671:2018 need not be a burden.
Andy Linley has worked within the electrical sector for over 30 years and has a wealth of installation, maintenance and compliance experience related to both the commercial and industrial sector, both in Low Voltage and High Voltage systems. Andy is currently the Head of Training at Electrical Safety UK Ltd as well as both the Compliance Director and the Director Responsible for Health and Safety. Andy is a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET).
The JIB who operate the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) have today (20th June) advised that anyone wishing to apply for a Gold Card or renew an existing Gold Card will need to hold an 18th Edition Card from July 2019.
Andrew P. Linley
Electrical Safety UK
Several communication errors meant that the employees in question were not brief on the risk assessment which required work to be carried out at night, requirement for the use of full body harnesses or the awareness of fragile roofs.Reports stated that a crash deck had previously been installed but removed to allow works to be completed. Plywood working platforms had been commissioned but not installed along with barriers and warning signs were also missing.
Previous incidents had also occurred in which tools had fallen from the work area into the public platform area below which should have raised major concerns under the Work at Height Risk.
To find out more about the incident read Nick Warburton’s article in IOSH Magazine CLICK HERE
The HSE Advocates the “Avoid – Prevent – Minimise” Control measures to reduce the risk of any workers falling whilst working at height.ESUK can assist with mitigating the risk of Working at Height through Competency. Ensuring your workers understand the key hazards working in the construction environment by taking the Safety Pass Alliance – Core Construction training course. This one-day course can give delegates he knowledge to:
Being originally from a Mechanical Engineering background (BSc Mech. Eng.), Peter moved into the High Voltage Industry some 20 years ago working in HV Engineering Contracting with such major players as Integrated Utility Services Ltd. and the Freedom Group, working in all aspects of HV Contracting across all Market Sectors, Peter has a very broad understanding of all Operational and Maintenance requirements to ensure a Safe and Efficient working environment for both Operatives and their Maintenance colleagues alike.
With the benefit of being able to bring all this Operational Experience to bear, Peter has now moved across to the HV/LV Electrical Safety Sector and joined ESUK as a first Field-based point of Contact and would be happy to discuss any queries or enquiries with you at your own premises and arrange a full Electrical Safety Survey for you information and edification to ensure full Legal Compliance with current Legislation.
Technical Business Development Manager
Electrical Safety UK
Established in 1991, The Faraday Centre is renowned for its standards in both High and Low Voltage electrical safety training. They provide training throughout a range of industries varying from domestic through to commercial and industrial.
The Faraday Centre provides a wide range of competency based training programmes including:
This partnership enables us to continue our Holistic Approach to Electrical Safety Management and we look forward to a symbiotic partnership going forward.
18th Edition – City & Guilds 2382 -18: Requirements For Electrical Installations BS7671
Launch Date – July 2018. 4-Day Course, Including Exam or 1 Day Update! Dates Now Available For Booking!
Click here for the full list of dates: A4 18th Edition
After 13 years of Employment with Electrical Safety UK Limited it is Mike’s decision to retire from the company.
Mike founded Electrical Safety UK in September 2004. Mike has contributed many years of experience and knowledge to the Electrical Industry, pioneering many aspects to the unique makeup of the company and it’s service offering today.
Mike will be missed among his colleagues and peers and we wish him all the best in his retirement and many years of well deserved rest and relaxation.
We are excited to announce the release of EasyPower 10.0! EasyPower have been working hard to bring new features that help you build your one-line models and analyze your power systems efficiently and accurately.
With this new release, EasyPower expands its comprehensive power system modeling and analysis software to include:
IEC-60909 in Short Circuit and Coordination
EasyPower’s short circuit calculations now include expanded support for the IEC-60909 standard. There are new system options for IEC, new and improved IEC calculations, and new terminology that reflects the IEC standard. Equipment dialog boxes and reports have been modified to include new IEC fields.
Custom One-line Text and Equipment Data
You now have much more control over the text that appears next to the equipment symbols on your one-lines. You can choose what equipment properties and text to use and the order in which it appears.
Custom One-line Symbols
New templates have been added that enable you to manually adjust your equipment symbols using XML.
Other items include:
For more information and installation tips, see the EasyPower 10.0 Release Notes.
A fantastic Opportunity has arisen at Electrical Safety UK Limited – we have a vacancy open for an Electrical Engineer within our busy Consultancy team. Working and developing yourself within a group of highly experienced engineers to deliver high level quality service to our blue chip client base. You will work across many areas including Electrical System Studies, Electrical Safety Management and Competency.
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Mike Frain gave delegates an overview about the arc flash hazard, what causes arc flash, how it is affected, evaluated and how it can be managed. The need for risk assessment in the UK and Europe, and how this duty can be defined and discharged. It was a practical course and there were lots of examples of arc flash hazards and accidents from this industry expert. There was also be a LIVE demonstration of Arc Flash computer modelling software, EasyPower™
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We are pleased to announce that, effective May 1, 2016 Electrical Safety (UK) Limited merged with Pennine Elec-Tech Limited. The combined companies will conduct business together under the name Electrical Safety (UK) Limited, with their main office in Rotherham, United Kingdom.
Though they will now operate as one company, customers can still rely on the same personal working relationships that they have had in the past and that their service offerings will only grow stronger through this merger. Their goal is to, more efficiently, continue delivering innovative, high-quality electrical consultancy services and training in their current markets. To accomplish this, they will adhere to the established service roadmaps for their existing services while simultaneously exploring opportunities to provide their clients with additional value in new areas.
Mike Frain was invited to speak at the Electrical Safety Workshop in Daytona Beach Florida recently after co-authoring “A European View of Arch Flash Hazards and Electrical Safety” which was published by the IEEE. The workshop took place in February 2012 – Click Here or Click the PDF Download icon below to read more.
Mike will provide an insight into electrical safety specifically for the food and drinks industry and his involvement in the production of an electrical safety DVD produced with IOSH. Using his vast experiences Mike will simplify the approach to the direct responsibility for putting people to work in various industries including food and beverages.
Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.
Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to Food Manufacture, Oil & Gas, Energy & Engineering, all of which are big users of contracted services.
Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors.
for more information on the Safecontractor click the link below
Mike will provide an insight into the electrical arc hazard, its measurement and risk assessment. Using his vast experiences Mike will simplify the approach to the process of reducing the arc flash hazard severity and of developing protection solutions, where the risk of personnel injury cannot be eliminated.
Principal Arc Flash consultant Mike Frain has been credited with raising awareness about new electrical arc flash risk control measures within the UK & Europe, based upon compliance with European legislation. Mike is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology and a corporate member of the Chartered Management Institute.
Mike Frain of Electrical Safety UK, speaks on behalf of Dupont ™ at SABIC Arc Flash Workshop in Jubail, Saudi Arabia 13th Oct 2012. SABIC is the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the top six petrochemical companies in the world, and the largest and most reliably profitable public company in the Middle East.
Mike Frain writes an article for the Maintenance and Asset Management Magazine – July 2012, titled “In the Heat of The Moment! The Complex Hazard of Electric Arc Flash Explained” – Click Here or Click the PDF Download icon below to read more.
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