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FEATURE SAFETY IN ENGINEERING


There’s an app for that T


he bespoke app features pre-loaded hazard and control lists that can be


applied to works taking place across the company’s gas, water and electricity contracts. The app was developed by the MUS Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Intelligent Solutions


teams, in support of the five-year MUS SHEQ strategy. The app enables users to quickly and


easily complete comprehensive risk assessments, by analysing the likelihood and seriousness of specific hazards and digitally capturing their findings. Users can snap and attach supporting photographs or video using their device’s camera and use GPS functionality to identify their exact location. Additional notes and control measures can also be submitted in free form text boxes, with the final risk assessment saved as a PDF report that can be accessed and monitored for quality.


SAFETY FIRST T


two-storey safety academy at its UK headquarters in Telford


he facility will enable the company to increase both the number of health


and safety training courses it runs, as well as the number of training places available on each course by up to 40 per cent. Courses at the facility will be available


to both Schneider Electric customers and partners. In addition, all Schneider Electric UK employees will now receive health and safety training at the facility. Last year, Schneider Electric trained thousands of delegates on the safe operation of low, medium and high voltage electrical products, including staff, customers and partners. For the last five years, Schneider


Electric has been running courses from its training facility in Coventry. The popularity and demand for its specialist courses led to the decision to invest in a


20 JULY/AUGUST 2019 | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING


new facility to increase the quality and capacity of the training on offer. The new safety academy facility boasts a 280m2


hands-on


demonstration and training area with over 70 low, medium and high voltage switchgear products from a variety of manufacturers, including Schneider Electric, connected in configurations that simulate real world operational environments. There are three 16- seater training rooms, as well as a number of break out areas. “Understanding how to install, operate,


maintain or handle low, medium or high voltage products safely is imperative, whether those products are manufactured by Schneider Electric or any other firm,” says Mike Hughes, zone president, Schneider Electric UK and Ireland.


MUS director of IT, innovation and


improvement, Andy Carter, says: “Our Intelligent Solutions team has worked closely with our SHEQ colleagues to produce the bespoke risk assessment app that provides another fantastic example of how we’re using the latest digital technology to ensure our operational teams are working more efficiently and safely.” Morrison Utility Services SHEQ


director, Paul Kerridge, added: “The introduction of this app will serve to raise safety and quality standards across our gas, water and electricity contracts, and offers a user friendly and progressive alternative to traditional hard copy risk assessments. The app will save time for our business and enable our people in the field to capture comprehensive and accurate risk assessments directly from site, providing the necessary ‘authority to proceed’.


Morrison Utility Services morrisonus.com


“We are incredibly proud of our new


Schneider Electric has opened a new, purpose-built, 660m2


training facility here in Telford. The practical training room is one of the largest in the country, offering delegates a best-in-class training experience. “Our aim is to ensure that whatever the


set up in terms of equipment in their own place of work, the training received here will give people the skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. We’re really excited to open this new Safety Academy and offer our high quality training courses to even more businesses across the UK and Ireland.”


Morrison Utility Services (MUS) has developed a new risk assessment app that will enable its people in the field to conduct safety assessments directly from their smartphones and tablet devices


Schneider Electric schneider-electric.co.uk


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