Health and safety officials from the automative, aeronautical, manufacturing and energy industry gathered in Birmingham last week to hear about the latest advancements in electrical safety and how to protect workers who come into contact with electricity.
Premium Power Managing Director Paula O’Neill said the appetite for expertise in this area was overwhelming.
“We had representation from all corners of industry, from heavy manufacturers employing thousands of people, to public sector officials responsible for housing and water. Health and safety mangers, SHE specialists, EHS advisors and maintenance managers travelled the length of the UK to be with us in Birmingham – I think this shows the appetite there is for the latest advancements in safety training and technology and perhaps a gap in the market when it comes to advanced electrical training.”
Speakers on the day covered topics such as the electrical safety legal requirements, arc flash analysis, maintenance and safety strategy, and understating the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Arc Flash is a type of electrical explosion that can have devastating and sometimes fatal consequences for exposed workers.
Under UK guidelines companies must protect their workers form electrical hazards. Many large facilities and multinationals implement stringent and specific arc flash guidelines, which many health and safety departments may not have the expertise to deal with.
“When word got out about the event, we were actually oversubscribed,” says Paula O’Neill. “THE HSE, ENA and Energy Institute all advertised the event and now that we’ve established the interest in this topic and having had the good feedback from our Birmingham event, we will be hosting the event again on Thursday 15th September with venue to be confirmed.”
Workers interested in attending the next electrical safety and arc flash event can register their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Industries who may be interested in this event include:
- Network operators
- Oil & Gas
- Public Sector
- Facility Management