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New approach to electrical safety training 'vital to saving lives'

Published 6th October, 2016 by Neil Nixon

New approach to electrical safety training 'vital to saving lives'

With more than 1000 electricity-related accidents still reported every year, a new approach to training is vital to save lives, warns specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL).

Most accidents are caused by contact with energised and exposed live conductors. Faulty equipment or unsafe working practices can also cause death or severe injuries from electric shock and arc flash, especially where this leads to falls, burns, fire, and explosion.

DTL's new whitepaper - 'Electrical Safety at Work: Developing competence for compliance' - highlights how traditional training methods fall short and calls for a continuous learning approach. Each year, companies are fined vast sums of money for incorrect health and safety procedures. The report highlights that while there are some basic rules for good practice which apply in most situations, there is a vast array of different standards and codes of practice governing how these should be applied to suit specific systems in different industries and environments.

Steve Braund, marketing manager at DTL, said: “The key to ensuring safe working with electricity is ensuring the competence of staff at all levels in the tasks they should be undertaking, and in understanding what they should not do. Competence means having suitable training, skills and knowledge, and this cannot be achieved by just attending a course - it must involve tailored instruction, practical experience and individual assessment.”

The report concludes that many employees working in electricity have to take on additional responsibilities for health and safety for which specialist training must be given. To download a free copy of the whitepaper, please visit:

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