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Installing Electrical Earthing Systems in the Workplace

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in installing electrical earthing systems in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract information from plans, drawings and sketches, specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
  • 1.3 - State the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - plans, drawings and sketches, specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules, manufacturers' information, standards, regulations and official guidance associated with earthing installation work.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 2.3 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe working practices when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and access equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 3.2 - Explain why, when and how personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to installing electrical earthing systems, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 3.3 - State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to install electrical earthing systems.
  • 4.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - tapes or cables (plain, sheathed, coated, tinned)
    - earth bars, earth rods, earth pits
    - earth enhancing additives, exothermic welds, clamps, bonds, lugs, clips, screws, plugs, nuts, bolts, rivets, inhibiting paste, petrolatum based anti-corrosion tape, cable ties, cable cleats, markers, labels, cable tiles, trunking and racking
    - anchors and ties
    - hand tools, powered tools, test instruments, ancillary equipment and access equipment.
  • 4.2 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings/anchors and ties, tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
  • 4.4 - Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
  • 4.5 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to install electrical earthing systems.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 5.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when installing electrical earthing systems.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2 - State the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    - organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
7 Comply with the given contract information to install electrical earthing systems to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when installing electrical earthing systems:
    - cleaning, dressing, measuring, forming, levelling, cutting, drilling, driving, plugging, digging, positioning, clamping, bonding, filling, securing and testing.
  • 7.2 - Install electrical earthing and earthing cable systems to building structures and commission and test the system to given working instructions, relating to:
    - earth bars
    - earth rods
    - earth pits
    - tapes/cables
    - lattice earth mats and earth plates
    - ground conditioning agents
    - exothermic welded joints.
  • 7.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - identify various types of structure, the structural fabric and the installation location
    - confirm the means of access to carry out the work
    - identify and confirm the different types of components and how they are installed
    - prepare component parts for installation
    - position, fit and secure electrical earthing and earthing cable systems to a given specification and agreed requirements
    - commission the system
    - visually inspect fall protection equipment
    - install and test anchors and ties
    - use hand tools, powered tools, test instruments and ancillary equipment
    - work at height
    - use access equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely use and store hand tools, test instruments, powered tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when installing electrical earthing systems to building structures.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when installing electrical earthing systems.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.

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