Utility Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (Electricity) (SHEA)

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SHEA Electric Training

Course Content

The course content and delivery specification has been developed through consultation with the electricity industry. Training material is produced and managed by Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) on the industry’s behalf. The content is reviewed periodically and consists of seven core modules, all modules must be completed. The course may only be delivered by trainers approved and licensed by Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills).

The course will be delivered through the context of the electricity transmission and distribution industries.

Core Modules

Module 1

You and the Law

Duties under the law – not to harm themselves or other persons.
Duties of the employer – not to allow injury to occur to their employees and other persons.
Requirements for instructions, information and training.
Definition of hazards (potential to harm).
Definition of risk and risk assessment process and control measures.
The role of Health & Safety Executive Inspectors.

Module 2

You and Hazards to Your Health

Examples of physical, chemical and biological hazards that can affect the employees’ health and safety e.g. noise, vibration, machinery and transport.
Knowledge of risk assessment approach to hazards and principles behind risk reduction methods.
Responsibilities to maintain personal health and safety e.g. awareness of occupational stress.
Where the employee can find information of potential hazards e.g. COSHH datasheets, measuring noise level.
Causes and preventative actions relating to hand, arm vibration.

Module 3

Protecting You

Appropriate Risk Assessments regarding COSHH
Responsibility to wear, maintain and store Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Understanding of the need for PPE.
Responsibilities of the employer to provide and maintain PPE.
Understanding of the type and range of PPE.
How PPE is selected.
Use of appropriate safety equipment e.g. lifting aids.

Module 4

The Working Environment

Hazards associated with access and egress to place of work e.g. falls from height, slips, trips and falls.
Reasons for good housekeeping and provision of welfare facilities.
Understanding of signage used in the working environment.
Understanding of the hazards associated with confined spaces and excavations.
Hazards of working with electricity.
Basic principles applied within working at height legislation.

Module 5

Our Environment

Understanding of the consequences of actions on the wider environment.
Demonstrate an awareness of the legislation to the wider environment, including:

Watercourses and drains
Waste Management
Pollution Control
Wildlife and the public

Module 6

Incident Procedures

General emergency procedures e.g. fire evacuation and first aid.
Required reporting processes e.g. near miss, accident, work related illness and dangerous occurrences.
Need to assist in any investigations.
The role of Occupational Health.
Extinguisher types and their correct use.

Module 7


Responsibilities of both Employers and Employees under the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
Risks from transport e.g. site layout-traffic controls, banks man.
Understanding of the need for plant inspections.
Need for specific plant training e.g. HGV, FLT, CPCS, and PLUS
Basic checks required prior to operating portable electrical tools.
Basic conditions required to be met in order to comply with LOLER (1998)

Course duration: 1 Day

SHEA Electric Training Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

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