Dear colleagues

As an old engineering colleague of mine, wryly remarked to me recently - engineering and technical graduates are often like babes in the wood when newly on-site as their practical and safety knowledge is almost non-existent. Despite an intensive 4 year (or longer) study program. My retort was that it didn't only apply to young engineers and technicians - and that "common sense is not so common around here" is often an appropriate expression on-site for even old hands. As we all know, electricity (well,  energy) is extremely dangerous and can kill or maim if you are even a little careless. Fortunately most acts of carelessness result in a mild jolt (or electric shock), leaving no permanent physical reminder of the incident; but the unfortunate get life-long scars or worse.

We are compiling a list of tips from yourselves on working safely when commissioning a plant or with machinery from an electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and IT point of view. Please feel free to respond to this email with any safety and commissioning tips (a one liner to a complete procedure is fine) and we will circulate them to everyone in a nicely put together electronic book - over the next week or so. As we did with the software where we had a great response thanks to you, our wonderfully supportive global community of engineers and techies.

Examples of tips (do you agree with them all or not ?) from different parts of the world include: (and I would love you all to contribute) are (and thanks to Vijay, our experienced senior Electrical Engineer, for many of these initial ones below):

Electrical

and we also need heaps of tips on mechanical and IT

Mechanical

IT

* Assume the software is not working until it has been tested

Yours in engineering learning

Steve