Electrical Safety Training Online


Electrical Safety Training

 

Electrical safety is an important issue in utility networks as well as large industrial installations and requires adequate attention in the stages of system planning, design, installation, operation and maintenance. A number of serious accidents including fatalities occur every year in industrial establishments due to accidents involving electricity, resulting in huge financial losses and wasted man-hours. Electrical safety is a well-legislated subject and the various Acts and Regulations lay a lot of stress on the responsibility of both employers and employees in ensuring safe working conditions.

Electrical Safety Training in the Workplace

Safety is not simply a matter of taking precautions in the workplace. It has to start at the stage of equipment design. Safety should be built into the design of electrical equipment and it is the responsibility of every manufacturer of electrical equipment to remove every possible hazard that can arise from its normal use. Correct selection and application of electrical machinery is also important for ensuring safety. A thorough inspection during initial erection and commissioning as well as on a periodic basis thereafter is also very essential to ensure safety. Batteries used in substations need particular attention since they contain toxic materials such as lead, corrosive chemicals such as acid or alkali.

Electrical safety is not just a technical issue. Accidents can only be prevented if appropriate safety procedures are evolved and enforced. This includes appropriate knowledge of equipment and systems imparted through systematic training to each and every person who operates or maintains the equipment.

EIT offers a variety of online engineering courses that cover electrical safety. The three month Professional Certificate of Competency in Electrical Power System Protection and Professional Certificate of Competency in Arc Flash Protection courses as well as the 18 month Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering for Practicing Engineers and Technicians program provide insight into the various statutory or legal regulations/acts dealing with electrical safety at work and the responsibilities of employer and employee in ensuring safe work practices. Students learn and appreciate the basic theoretical aspects involved in electrical safety and the relevance of safety systems and appliances commonly used in the workplace.