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Risk-based management

Safe control of operations under EUSR.

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What is the EUSR?

The Energy Utility Skills Register (EUSR) is an independent skills online register for the energy and utilities sector.

Any individuals who have undertaken training or assessments have these recorded on the register which acts as proof that they have the proper skills and training.

The register also provides a central area for an employer, contractor or client to search and ensure that individuals have the relevant endorsements to work on specific sites or contracts.

Simply Learning is an EUSR approved provider.

Why EUSR is important?

The Energy and Utility Skills Register (EUSR) stands as a cornerstone in ensuring safe operations within the energy and utility sectors. From power generation to water treatment, EUSR plays a pivotal role in certifying and regulating individuals working in these critical fields.

Safeguarding

By establishing industry-wide standards and benchmarks, EUSR not only safeguards the welfare of workers but also fosters a culture of accountability and professionalism within organisations.

Continuous Learning

From entry-level operatives to seasoned professionals, EUSR provides a framework for continuous learning and development, ensuring competency and safety within the sector.

Safe Practices

Operational control ensures safe and efficient industrial practices. Whether it’s managing complex machinery or overseeing critical processes, effective control measures mitigate risks and ensure seamless operations.

Mitigating Risk

From risk assessment, procedural adherence and ongoing monitoring, control mechanisms can mitigate risks, prevent accidents and ensure regulatory compliance.

Benefits of Safe Control of Operations

From environmental disasters to injuries and even death in some cases, these control measures protect not only lives but financial and reputational losses for companies.

In addition, happy and healthy workforces ensure that people are productive and positive, fostering a culture of continuous improvement, pride, and job satisfaction, leading ultimately, to increase productivity and profitability.

What does EUSR training cover?

Simply Learning offers a range of EUSR training courses, which you can find here.

Training covers many aspects of EUSR, all designed to ensure that people have the requisite knowledge and skills to navigate complex operational environments with confidence and competence.

Registration on the EUSR

Registration is based on successful completion of the training programme and assessment.

Each EUSR registration category for SCO is valid for 5 years.

SCO registration categories for individuals completing either the initial or renewal programmes are as follows:

SCO Core – States the purpose, process, and main features of SCO Procedures

SCO PtW (CP) – SCO Permit to Work (Competent Person)

SCO PtW (AE) – SCO Permit to Work (Authorised Engineer)

SCO NRO– Non- Routine Operations

SCO RO – Routine Operations

SCO FoA – Form of Authority

SCO EUSR registration provides evidence that an individual has attended the relevant training and assessment programme and demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness.

Network registration confirms competence to work on the gas network as either a Competent Person (CP) or Authorising Engineer (AE) and should be checked with the appropriate Network Controller.

How Simply Learning can help

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The Safe Control of Operations (SCO) scheme ensures that individuals working on the gas network are trained to do so safely by understanding gas network procedures and correct permits.

What is the SCO scheme?

The SCO scheme is the knowledge-based part of a Competent Person’s or Authorising Engineer’s route to network registration and is followed by the competence-based part of the overall requirement.

The introduction of IGEM/GL/6 Edition 3 has introduced an increased emphasis on risk-based management of gas safety systems and gives gas distribution companies the flexibility to develop their own gas safety procedures based on meeting the common requirements of GL/6.

The SCO scheme is based around the requirements for meeting GL/6 compliance.

Simply Learning offers the following courses:

Module 1: SCO Core

SCO Core is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to undertake and achieve any other registration categories.

SCO Core serves to deliver key information associated with the SCO framework and associated processes, thereby enabling individuals to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding.

Module 2: Permit to Work (PtW)

Permit to work is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to take either/both Non- Routine and Routine Operations

This module covers the principles, procedures, and practices related to issuing, control, and management of permits to work within the utility sector. This includes understanding the purpose of permit to work systems, roles and responsibilities of personnel involved, and the steps involved in the permit process.

Module 3: Non-Routine Operations (NRO)

Non-Routine Operations (NRO) encompass tasks or activities that deviate from standard, routine procedures within the utility sector. Usually for higher pressures and larger diameter mains.

These operations may include emergency response, maintenance activities, repair work, installations, or other specialised tasks that require specific skills, knowledge, and training.

Module 4: Routine Operations (RO)

This module trains individuals involved in standard, day-to-day operational tasks within the utility sector. This module is designed to equip workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out routine activities safely and effectively. Usually, low pressure mains and smaller diameters.

Module 5: Form of Authority (FoA)

Form of Authority (FoA) focuses on training individuals who require authorisation or clearance to carry out specific tasks or activities within the utility sector on a specific gas network site.

This module is designed to ensure that personnel have the necessary competence and authorisation to perform their designated roles safely and effectively.

An individual may undertake as many of the modules as required for their specific job role. However, they are required to have completed the Core & PtW modules.

Simply also offers renewal programmes for existing registrants. You can find out more here.

Benefits Beyond Training

Benefits of properly trained people go far beyond just qualifications. Your business will benefit from:

  1. Risk Awareness and Management

Training familiarises candidates with potential hazards and risks inherent to their roles so that they can proactively identify and mitigate potential threats, enhancing operational safety.

Compliance with EUSR helps businesses identify and mitigate potential risks associated with electrical hazards. By implementing safety measures and conducting regular inspections, companies can proactively address safety concerns, reducing the likelihood of accidents and minimising associated risks.

  1. Technical Proficiency & Improved Productivity

Technical competency training enhances candidates’ proficiency in operating machinery, executing protocols, and troubleshooting issues, ensuring that individuals can execute their duties with precision and to established standards.

A safe working environment fosters higher levels of employee morale and productivity. When employees feel secure in their workplace, they are more likely to focus on their tasks and contribute positively to the company’s goals. Reduced absenteeism and turnover rates further contribute to improved productivity and efficiency.

  1. Regulatory Compliance

Compliance with regulatory requirements is non-negotiable in safety-critical industries. Training provides clarity on regulations and standards, ensuring that candidates are well-versed in compliance.

  1. Emergency Preparedness

Contingency planning is integral to effective operational control. Training equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies such as equipment failures, spills, or accidents, minimising downtime and mitigating the impact of adverse conditions.

  1. Continuous Improvement

By fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement, organisations are by design equipped to adapt to evolving industry dynamics and challenges. Regular training ensures that candidates stay abreast of best practice, technological advancements, and industry trends.

  1. Cost Savings

While investing in safety measures may incur initial costs, the long-term benefits far outweigh the expenses. Preventing accidents and minimising downtime due to electrical failures can result in significant cost savings for businesses.

Additionally, avoiding legal penalties and fines associated with non-compliance helps protect the bottom line.

  1. Competitive Advantage

Demonstrating compliance with EUSR can give businesses a competitive edge in the market. Customers, especially those in industries with stringent safety requirements, are more likely to prefer working with companies that prioritise safety and adhere to industry regulations. Compliance can serve as a differentiator, helping businesses attract and retain clients.

  1. Long-Term Sustainability

Safety is not just a short-term priority but a crucial aspect of long-term sustainability. Businesses that prioritise safety establish a strong foundation for sustainable growth. By preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of their workforce, companies can build resilience and adaptability, positioning themselves for success in the evolving business landscape.

For more information about EUSR, please contact our friendly team who will be able to suggest the best training route for your business.