As I write this, RRC is just about to release their sample trainer packs. These comprise samples of PowerPoints, textbooks, lesson plans and activities from selected elements. You get a whole element in each case. There are six in total – one element from each taught unit of each diploma qualification (national and international). The E-learning examples are not far behind.
Now we come to element C8. This takes a foray into the world of electricity. Not much has changed in terms of content here – it still covers the hazards of electricity, electrical systems (installation, use), safe working in high voltage systems and, finally portable electrical equipment. Of course electricity has changed rather a lot since the days of Faraday, Maxwell, Tesla and Faraday.
Electricity was famously used by Baron von Frankenstein in a much misunderstood experiment. People at the time were intrigued with the body’s electrical pathways (nerves) and the influence of externally applied electrical currents to ‘bring them back to life’. I say ‘misunderstood’, because, Frankenstein made an honest mistake.
The history of electricity hasn’t run smoothly – but today we are enlightened and rely on it. That said, mostly, we are dealing with portable electrical appliances. In that, it is probably what most of us handle day to day and, if something goes wrong, are more likely to get an electrical shock from it.
There’s a good deal of mythology in this area. I suspect, you, along with most businesses, often find yourself being called by organisations telling you the law says you need to have all your portable electrical appliances checked and tested every year – oh, and, they just happen to offer that service. Well, turns out, that isn’t true in the UK at least. Instead, the law says maintain them. The guidance on that matter basically says some things don’t need testing at all (or very much), just needing a visual check, and some things needed testing every few years. But portable equipment in very harsh environments might need testing and checking much more frequently, like every 6 months or even more frequently. The sensible approach is that how likely something gets unsafe depends on where it is, what it does and how it gets abused.