Keeping Electrical Switchgear Safe (HSG230)

Choosing, using and maintaining both high and low voltage switchgear safely is essential to avoid costly accidents, catastrophic failures and personal injury. With ever-increasing costs and penalties for supply disruption, soaring personal injury settlements and growing waiting lists for replacement equipment, safe operation of switchgear has never been more important.

As the technical authors of the Health and Safety Executive publication ‘HSG230 – Keeping Electrical Switchgear Safe’, EA Technology are uniquely placed to explain all you need to know to manage your switchgear assets safely, in this concise yet comprehensive one-day conference.

This one-day course covers legislation and standards including ISO 55000, BS6626 and SF6 regulations, day-to-day operation, maintenance, replacements and upgrades, with practical advice and guidance from the UK’s leading electrical asset management experts.

  • Enhance safety for your workforce and others involved with switchgear
  • Ensure compliance with the latest safety legislation
  • Gain critical knowledge of switchgear safety from the industry leaders
  • Reduce the risks of costly accidents of catastrophic failures
  • Learn how to specify equipment for safer, more reliable performance
  • Maximise asset life through best practice asset management techniques

Day one

The Legislative Framework and its Implications

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002
  • Potential issues with switchgear
  • How the HSE assesses compliance

The Management of HV and LV Switchgear / Switchgear and Ancillary Equipment Decisions

  • Asset Management, BSi PAS 55 and ISO 55000
  • Maintenance records
  • Asset registers
  • Equipment types and location
  • Operational issues
  • Selection of new or refurbished switchgear
  • Protection
  • Batteries and battery chargers
  • Measures to limit fires
  • Training and Operational Issues
  • Training and assessment requirements
  • Switching, isolation and earthing protocols
  • Safety documentation

Care and Maintenance of Switchgear

  • Assessment of risks
  • Care and maintenance of oil switchgear, gas (SF6) switchgear, vacuum switchgear and ancillary equipment
  • Post fault maintenance
  • Testing
  • Disposal of redundant switchgear
  • Disposal of oil, gas, etc.

Condition Monitoring

  • Assessment of aged switchgear
  • Frequency of maintenance: time based; condition based; reliability centred
  • Switchgear and protective equipment audits
  • Condition monitoring techniques
  • Partial discharge detection
  • Thermographic surveys
  • Mechanism timing tests

Keeping Switchgear Safe – The Future

  • Revisions to BS6626
  • Effects of distributed generation on safe operation of switchgear

General Discussion, Questions and Answers

  • Reiteration of aims and objectives

Programme may be subject to amendment

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Course duration: 1 day


CPD Information


EA Technology are accredited members of the CPD certification service. This course counts towards your planned CPD requirements.

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