What does Hazardous Area mean?
A hazardous area (also called a potentially explosive atmosphere) is the environment that comprises of any concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, mists or combustible dusts. Where these ingredients are found, all electrical equipment installed in such places are specially designed and tested to meet a wide range of requirements that altogether ensure the safety of personnel and avoid potentially dangerous future events resulting from the equipment’s reaction to its surroundings.
Conditions that involve the processes of production, transformation, delivery and stocking of flammable materials commonly produce potentially explosive environments, immaterial of the application be chemical and petrochemical plants, mining, oil and gas or food processing and grain handling, when these flammable elements come into contact with the oxygen in the air, they can create an explosive atmosphere and if this is ignited, the explosion can cause serious damage to people and the environment.
Places with Hazardous Areas
The most common sites of hazardous areas include oil refineries, chemical plans, LNG plants, paint manufacturers, sewerage treatment plants, distilling, wharves and offshore drilling rigs. In these places hazardous gas vapors may be present. On the other hand, many organisations don’t understand dust can also create hazardous areas, and places such as food and beverage manufacturers, plastics factories, flour mills, recycling operations and grain handling and storage also need to ensure any potentially hazardous areas are classified correctly and personnel are well trained.
Need for Hazardous area training
Naturally a person who wishes to work in hazardous areas need to be properly trained and possess essential knowledge. Nonetheless, an individual who is involved in the design, installation or maintenance stage, s/he must be able to demonstrate competency to ensure utmost safety measures are ensured.
As standards, rules & regulations and electrical technologies advance, it is crucial for the students to continue to educate themselves to maintain their competency levels through continuous ongoing refresher training.
This qualification provides competencies to supervise selection, installation, commissioning maintenance and testing of explosion-protected equipment and systems for control and monitoring of plant and processes. The qualification provides competencies in working with explosion protections techniques with elections in how they apply to coal mining, gas and dust atmospheres. It includes ERAC requirements for an ‘Electrician’s licence’ and competencies to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain stand-alone renewable energy equipment and systems.
The requirements for granting this qualification will be met when competency is demonstrated and achieved for:
Note: UEENEEG105A – Those holding an ‘Unrestricted Electricians Licence or equivalent issued in an Australian State or Territory meets the requirements of this unit and its pre-requisite requirements.
|Core Competency Standard Units
All Core competency standard units to be achieved
|UEENEEE038B||Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan||20||CT/TBD|
|UEENEEE101A||Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace||20||CT|
|UEENEEE102A||Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components||40||CT|
|UEENEEE104A||Solve problems in d.c. circuits||80||CT|
|UEENEEE105A||Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment||20||CT|
|UEENEEE107A||Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications||40||CT|
|UEENEEE117A||Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures||20||CT/ TBD|
|UEENEEE124A||Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report||60||CT/ TBD|
|UEENEEE137A||Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work||20||CT|
|UEENEEG006A||Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage machines||80||CT|
|UEENEEG033A||Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage electrical apparatus and circuits||60||CT|
|UEENEEG063A||Arrange circuits, control and protection for general electrical installations||40||CT|
|UEENEEG101A||Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits||60||CT|
|UEENEEG102A||Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits||80||CT|
|UEENEEG103A||Install low voltage wiring and accessories||20||CT|
|UEENEEG104A||Install appliances, switchgear and associated accessories for low voltage electrical installations||20||CT|
|UEENEEG105A||Verify compliance and functionality of low voltage general electrical installations||40||CT|
|UEENEEG106A||Terminate cables, cords and accessories for low voltage circuits||40||CT|
|UEENEEG107A||Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations||60||CT|
|UEENEEG108A||Trouble-shoot and repair faults in low voltage electrical apparatus and circuits||40||CT|
|UEENEEG109A||Develop and connect electrical control circuits||80||CT|
|UEENEEK145A||Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures||20||CT/ TBD|
|UEENEEM080A||Report on the integrity of explosion-protected equipment in a hazardous area||20||TBD|
|UEENEEM039A||Conduct testing of hazardous areas installations — gas atmospheres||40||CT|
|UEENEEM040A||Conduct testing of hazardous areas installations — dust atmospheres||40||CT|
|UEENEEM041A||Conduct testing of hazardous area installations — pressurisation||40||CT|
|UEENEEM042A||Conduct visual inspection of hazardous areas installations||40||CT|
|UEENEEM044A||Conduct detailed inspection of hazardous areas installations — gas atmospheres||40||CT|
|UEENEEM045A||Conduct detailed inspection of hazardous areas installations — dust atmospheres||40||CT|
|UEENEEM046A||Conduct detailed inspection of hazardous areas installations — pressurisation||40||CT|
|UEENEEM078A||Manage compliance of hazardous areas||20||CT|
Additional Elective Units
If you would like to cover the below units on top of the required elective units / required total weighting of 300 points, you could choose from below for additional cost.
|UEENEEM020A||Attend to breakdowns in hazardous areas — gas atmospheres||20||CT|
|UEENEEM021A||Attend to breakdowns in hazardous areas — dust atmospheres||20||CT|
|UEENEEM022A||Attend to breakdowns in hazardous areas — pressurisation||20||CT|
|UEENEEM024A||Install explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems — gas atmospheres||60||CT|
|UEENEEM025A||Install explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems — dust atmospheres||60||CT|
|UEENEEM026A||Install explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems — pressurisation||60||CT|
|UEENEEM028A||Maintain equipment in hazardous areas — gas atmospheres||60||CT|
|UEENEEM029A||Maintain equipment in hazardous areas — dust atmospheres||60||CT|
|UEENEEM030A||Maintain equipment in hazardous areas — pressurisation||60||CT|
|UEENEEM076A||Use and maintain the integrity of a portable gas detection device||20||CT|