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Do You Know Enough About Safe Electrical Isolation?
Posted by: Richard Firth on: 12 June 2020
Electricity can be very dangerous and as a gas installer, it’s something you need to understand and manage, as most jobs will require you to work around some electrical wiring.
Recently, there has been a significant movement to ensure gas installers can safely isolate an electrical supply to protect themselves and their customers. Mistakes with electricity can be extremely dangerous.
In fact, from July this year, safe isolation is being made part of the ACS assessment process. Any gas engineer coming in for ACS assessment or re-assessment will need to self-validate that they have technical knowledge and/or experience in safe electrical isolation.
Safe to touch, safe isolation and proving a gas appliance is electrically dead are all covered by the training specifications for all new entrants to the gas industry.
Before ACS re-assessment, you must have the competence to:
This knowledge can be achieved through experience, external training or self-learning.
When you next come for ACS training and assessment at Viva, we will ask you to fill out a self-declaration form, which holds you responsible for having the correct electrical isolation knowledge.
If your electrical isolation knowledge is not up to scratch, you need to honest with yourself (and us). Making mistakes with electricity can be fatal.
If you feel you are not competent to undertake safe electrical isolation, we recommend you complete refresher training before ACS re-assessment.
We will be delivering the LCL Awards Safe Isolation course, a short half day electrical qualification which will provide all the knowledge you need to safely and confidently isolate electrical supplies.
For more information, contact us.