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SMART AWARDS SA002 SAFETY UNDERGROUND NETWORK OPERATORS COURSE:

***PRACTICALLY LEARN THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR GAS TESTING AND LIFTING COVERS ON THE UNDERGROUND FIBRE NETWORK AS REQUIRED BY BT AND ALL CONTRACTORS***

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers two modules:

GAS TESTING:

COVER LIFTING:

Learners are provided with the knowledge and skills to identify the hazards and potential risks involved in working safely on or in proximity to underground structures and operational buildings.

This accreditation particularly is aimed at those individuals who undertake work in a telecommunication (or similar utility) environment. It also enables learners to gain knowledge of compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

The course tests learners’ knowledge, skills and understanding of dangers associated with these works and the safety precautions required while working in the underground network. This course requires that individuals involved in gas testing in the network are suitably trained and accredited to the National Occupational Standard

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course you will be proficient in the following:

MODULE 1 GAS TESTING:
  • Understand the tools and equipment and safe method adopted by industry for testing gas in chambers and operational buildings.
  • Understand the dangers they may face when entering underground chambers or structures.
  • Understand the equipment used by industry for detecting gas.
  • Understand what needs to be done if gas is found.
  • Enable safe working in locations which, potentially, have hazardous gas.
  • Ensure their own safety and safety of others.
  • Avoid injury to themselves and the general public.
  • Understand the legislation and regulations for this type of work.
MODULE 2 COVER LIFTING :
  • Know the associated legislation and regulations.
  • Know how to identify and manage the risks associated with cover lifting.
  • Understand correct manual handling methods.
  • Know how to avoid injury to operatives and the general public.
  • Be able to use the tools and equipment used in the industry for lifting covers from joint boxes and manholes safely.
  • Know how to identify the different covers used.
  • Be able to remove and replace joint box and carriageway covers safely.
  • Identify polluted water in underground structures in line with environmental requirements.
  • Know how to avoid damage to underground apparatus.

COURSE DURATION

The delivery of the course will be based on the needs and experience of the learners.

Module 1: ½ day Gas Testing

Module 2: ½ day Cover lifting (including assessment)

QUALIFICATION and ASSESSMENT

This course is a practical hands on based programme. With almost everything other than the essential theory being practical exercises. As such this course has been approved by Smart Awards the industry recognised awarding body. With participants able to gain the certification and network operators Passport card. You can download the details of the card here Network Operators Passport Smart Awards qualifications are recognised by all the network operators, BT, Eircom, Virgin, Siro, Vodafone etc. Along with the 400 Contractors that work for them.

ASSESSMENT:

These modules will be assessed through a practical and theory test at the end of the course. The aim of the assessment is to ensure successful learners have adequate knowledge and understanding of working safely where underground spaces or structures present additional risks.

GRADING

Practical assessment: Pass: Less than 6 minor faults. Fail: 1 critical fault or 6 or more

Theory: Pass over 80% (15 questions)

PRE-REQUISITES

There are no formal entry requirements and Fibre contractors will not restrict access on the grounds of prior academic attainment, age, employment, geographic location or any other grounds. There are no barriers that restrict access or progression, thereby promoting equality. It is expected however that learners will have a level of literacy adequate to cope with both the theory and practical assessments.

This course does not qualify an individual to enter a confined space. Those individuals who need to enter confined spaces MUST hold appropriate accreditation / qualification to enter confined spaces. Any references made in this material to confined spaces are for information only and to make learners aware of the risks and presence of gases that may also be present in confined spaces.

TARGET AUDIANCE

The target audience is aimed at those working on the telecoms network or similar utilities including suppliers and contractors.

AGE LIMIT

This course is available to anyone over the age of 16 who is capable of reaching the required standard. There are no barriers that restrict access or progression thereby promoting equal opportunity.

When you are with us you will work with qualified instructors that have worked in the industry doing the job they are teaching you to do. They will teach you in as realistic a situation as they can. Our centre has been put together with a practical working area, designed to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from this course.

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