ELECTRICAL DUTY HOLDER - AUTHORISED PERSON TRAINING COURSE

COURSE 400: 2 DAYS: Max 8 Candidates

Many employers are justifiably concerned that, in the absence of a formal and routine method of assessing competence, it would be difficult to prove compliance with current statutory regulations. This course is designed to provide real evidence that personnel can safely carry out electrical and mechanical isolations. Repeating the course at regular intervals ensures that personnel retain the essential knowledge and continue to use best practices. For companies that prefer the course on-site, site-specific company documentation and procedures can be incorporated into the course.

PARTICIPANTS

The structure and content of the course is aimed at electrical engineering / electrical maintenance personnel that wish to attain or renew their Duty Holder status.

COURSE PRESENTATION

The course covers the statutory regulations, the dangers of electricity, safe systems of work and isolation procedures. Each candidate must complete both a knowledge based assessment and, most importantly, a practical assessment to ensure their understanding of the issues and an ability to apply best practices. Comprehensive course notes are provided.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

On completion of the course, participants will be able to

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Technical Training Solutions competence certificate 400: Duty Holder (Authorised Person)

Note: The Duty Holders course is a combination of the EAW Regs (380) and the Electrical Isolations (420) courses. It combines the knowledge of the legal requirements with performance of the isolations to produce strong evidence for the candidates’ competence.

What do candidates on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course actually do?

The Duty Holder course is often 'tuned' to suit the audience and our instructors like to get feedback from the candidates as the course progresses but the following gives a general breakdown of the main parts of the course. The course begins by learning about the Electricity at Work Regulations.

Candidates on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) training course analyse the various links between the EAW Regs, the HSW Act, the wiring regulations etc. This drawing is taken from the course notes.

The Legal Implications: We begin by analysing the legal situation regarding the Electricity at Work Regulations. Candidates learn about the relationships between the relevant legal Acts, codes of practice and regulations (the Health & Safety at Work Act, the IEE Wiring Regulations etc).

Candidates are engaged in this part of the course by exploring the various scenarios that might arise - for example: Would non-compliance with the EAW Regs be a criminal or a civil offence? In what situations would compliance with the EAW regulations be necessary? Would a defence be needed to prove compliance with the EAW Regulations?

This analysis of the legal situation helps the candidates to clearly see the scope of the regulations - who, where and what they apply to. A syndicate exercise is staged here to help to reinforce these issues.

We then look at the broad subject area of the regulations so that the candidates can start to understand what the regulations cover and (in general) what the Regulations are trying to achieve. The definitions are then clearly explained - this is important as the meaning of 'live' or 'charged', for example, can have far-reaching implications when considered in the context of the specific requirements of the individual EAW regulations when they are studied later on in the course.

This is page 10 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing who and what is affected by the Regulations This is page 11 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, where we introduce syndicate exercises to engage the candidates in thinking about what the Regulations would have to say about various scenarios This is page 12 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, listing the broad subject areas of the Regulations and highlighting which regulations are absolute requirements

Page 10 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing who and what is affected by the Regulations

Page 11 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, where we introduce syndicate exercises to engage the candidates in thinking about what the Regulations would have to say about various scenarios

Page 12 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, listing the broad subject areas of the Regulations and highlighting which regulations are absolute requirements

A structured slide-show is used by our instructors to help convey the meaning of each of the EAW Regulations. Candidates can read the exact wording of the Regulations provided in the course notes and then discuss what this means in reality.

This is one of the Slides used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the requirements made by the EAW Regulations with regard to electrical connections This is one of the Slides used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining what the EAW Regulations mean by working live

One of the Slides used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the requirements made by the EAW Regulations with regard to electrical connections

One of the Slides used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining what the EAW Regulations mean by working live

We then look at the issues surrounding the term 'duty holder' referred to in the EAW Regulations. This is an important concept as the candidates need to be made aware who might be held legally responsible. It is also important that candidates gain a proper understanding of the effects of electric shock, and this subject is taught next, with research information and graphs shown of the known effects of electric shock in the candidates' course notes.

This is page 13 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing the term 'duty holder' used in  the Regulations This is page 14 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the effects of electric shock This is page 15 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the effects of electric shock

Page 13 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing the term 'duty holder' used in the Regulations

Page 14 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the effects of electric shock

Page 15 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the effects of electric shock

We also show the candidates a short video which helps to explain the regulations in a slightly different context. The following are screen shots from this video, depicting the issues of live working.

This is part of the video used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, depicting some of the issues surrounding live working This is part of the video used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, depicting some of the issues surrounding live working

Part of the video used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, depicting some of the issues surrounding live working

Part of the video used for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, depicting some of the issues surrounding live working

We then look at the important issues surrounding the term 'competence' referred to in the EAW Regulations. We look at how this relates to the candidates' work activities and the issues of supervision etc. The next regulations we study are regarding the issues of insulation, earthing and isolation. The following are extracts from the candidates' course notes.

This is page 24 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing the various ways that the Regulations require prevention from electric shock to be achieved This is page 27 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the methods by which earthing is used to reduce or eliminate the effects of electric shock This is page 35 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the methods by which electrical isolations may be achieved

Page 24 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, describing the various ways that the Regulations require prevention from electric shock to be achieved

Page 27 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the methods by which earthing is used to reduce or eliminate the effects of electric shock

Page 35 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the methods by which electrical isolations may be achieved

Day 1 of the course finishes by summarising each of the regulations that have been taught and reminding the candidates what they should have learned from them. The course notes provide a useful short summary of all the EAW Regulations. In order to ensure that the candidates have understood each of the key objectives of the course properly, we issue a multiple-choice assessment paper which they have to answer and return to our instructor. The instructor then fully debriefs each and every question, ensuring that every single candidate has understood all of the important points of the day.

This is page 43 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, providing a summary of the requirements of each of the EAW Regulations This is the front page of the course assessment of the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the marking system and the instructions to the candidates This is page 2 of the multiple-choice assessment paper used on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course: There are 15 questions in all

Page 43 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, providing a summary of the requirements of each of the EAW Regulations

Front page of the course assessment of the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, explaining the marking system and the instructions to the candidates

Page 2 of the multiple-choice assessment paper used on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course: There are 15 questions in all



On the second day of the course the candidates are introduced to typical examples of employer's electrical policies and procedures (Company-specific policies can be introduced into the course at this stage).

This is page 13 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, showing the necessary steps which should be considered within an isolation procedure The voltage testers and proving units that we use on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course This is page 17 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, detailing some of our recommended isolation procedures

Page 13 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, showing the necessary steps which should be considered within an isolation procedure

The voltage testers and proving units that we use on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course

Page 17 of the course notes for the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course, detailing some of our recommended isolation procedures

The candidates then proceed to apply their knowledge in a demonstrable manner by completing a number of practical equipment isolation exercises. These isolations encompass single phase and three phase isolations on industrial, commercial and domestic systems.

The following is one of the units that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate a single-phase system properly:

This is one of the units that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate a single-phase system.

This is one of the units that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate a single-phase system.

This is one of the units that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate a single-phase system.

This is one of the units that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate a single-phase system

The following are two of the boards that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate three-phase systems properly:

This is one of the boards that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate three-phase systems.

This is one of the boards that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate three-phase systems

This is one of the boards that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate three-phase systems.

This is one of the boards that are used to check that the candidates are able to isolate three-phase systems

The rigs used are slightly different, requiring the candidates to think carefully about the advantages and disadvantages of panel isolations, local or remote isolation etc.

Candidates on the Duty Holder (Authorised Person) course also have to show that they can create a sensitively thought-out isolation procedure for scenarios where production downtime versus the dangers of moving machinery have to be carefully balanced.

The act of testing for dead is explored, and the various ways in which this could be done is explained. We advocate using properly approved voltage testers and proving units. To ensure that the candidates understand this we use a rig that simulates three three-phase motor terminal boxes wired through three isolators. The candidates have to test for dead at each set of motor terminals and some will test out OK whereas others won't and the candidates have to explain what the reasons for this are.

The voltage testing rig, where candidates use the voltage testers to test for dead on three sets of motor terminals: Some test out OK but some don't and the candidates need to be able to explain why this is.

The voltage testing rig, where candidates use the voltage testers to test for dead on three sets of motor terminals: Some test out OK but some don't and the candidates need to be able to explain why this is.


Only when the instructor is satisfied that both practical and theory aspects have been met will the candidate be signed off as having successfully completed the course. This in turn will lead to the issuing of the Technical Training Solutions Duty Holder (Authorised Person) Certificate.

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