What is electrical safety training and why does your organisation need it?
Any electrical system has the potential to cause harm particularly in the workplace. Common injuries sustained due to electrical current include electrocution (which could be fatal), burns, electric shock and falls. To prevent such injuries and to ensure the safety of workers, companies that carry out projects that involve the process of electricity generation, installation and distribution must undergo electrical safety training. This is not only to minimise or totally avoid untoward incidents but also because the law requires it. Failure to comply with electrical safety requirements is a criminal offence in Australia and workers risk having their license suspended or cancelled for non-compliance. When in need of electrical safety training for your employees, you can count on James Technologies. Not only are we a registered training organisation but we’re also a licensed electrical contractor.
Why electrical safety training is required for all Queensland electrical workers acting as Safety Observers?
Before we talk about why electrical safety training is required for electrical workers, let us first explain what a Safety Observer does. A Safety Observer’s tasked is to observe the performance of any type of electrical work; they have the needed skills to help the electrical contractor performing the electrical work and have been assessed in the last twelve months to be competent in providing resuscitation.
Now that you know what it takes to be a Safety Observer, let us now discuss why electrical contractors require them.
Safety should be the number one priority in any workplace. The state of Queensland requires a person to act as a safety observer for electrical work to avoid untoward incident in the workplace. This person must be competent to implement control measures and must have the necessary skills and qualifications to rescue and resuscitate the worker carrying out the electrical work should accident takes place. Safety observers are assessed every twelve months to establish their competence. However, if they undergo and pass extensive rescue and resuscitation training, they are allowed by the state to act as safety observers for one year without further assessment of their competence.
Electrical Safety Courses available to you
James Technologies offers electrical safety training courses required by all QLD electrical workers acting as Safety Observers, these include:
- Perform rescue from a live LV panel – This is a competency standard unit that specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a live LV panel and how they are applied in the context of rail work, distribution, or transmission functions. It also covers rescue procedures and how they are performed. It encompasses responsibilities for safety, health and risk management processes at all operative levels. On completion of this unit, students will have acquired the skills needed to assess electrical situations, identify ways to protect themselves and others from being electrocuted and rescue electrocuted person without putting themselves and others in danger.
- Perform CPR – This training aims to help students acquire life-saving skills from the experts. Through this, they are able to effectively respond to cardiac or breathing emergencies until medical personnel can take over. This training covers important life-saving techniques; from assessing the needs of the victim to making decision when choosing the best care. To act as a Safety Observer, CPR training should be kept current (renewed every twelve months). This comprehensive training offers scenario-based, hands-on training to provide you with the needed skills to help sustain life, minimise the consequences of injury and reduce pain while waiting for medical professionals.
These courses, which are both offered by James Technologies, are usually completed in about four hours and can be completed in your workplace. For more information visit our Electrical Safety Courses page.
It doesn’t matter if you’re working with in-house electricians or you’re a labour hire recruitment company that provides the services of electricians to different organisations – it is still crucial that you make sure that your employees receive the required electrical safety training. This not only ensures safety in the workplace, but it also ensures that any injured parties will receive crucial first aid while waiting for medical professionals.
Here at James Technologies, we offer two electrical safety training courses to meet the Qld Electrical Safety Regulations 2002: Perform rescue from a live LV panel and Perform CPR to help you meet your training and licensing requirements. James Technologies, who proudly priorities safety, is now accept bookings for training for your staff. Simply call us at 1 300 732 881 and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.