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Electrical training specialist launches pioneering Mechanical LOTO course

18/04/2019

Teesside-based electrical power training specialist, The Faraday Centre Ltd has launched “MECH1”, a new Mechanical LOTO course.

The course has been established to meet the essential requirements of safe working procedures on mechanical systems, assist employers and employees to reduce the risk of personal injury and to help prevent damage to assets due to operator error.

Whenever companies conduct construction, maintenance, demolition, remediation and other similar work which is typical in industry, there is the potential for harm to people, the environment and for damage to equipment.  This course provides competency-based training for the isolation of energy systems ready to issue a permit to work.  Energy Isolation is a key component of the system of work that allows tasks to be completed safely and without unplanned loss of containment with the potential to cause environmental damage or to damage personnel, plant or equipment. As these principles apply to electrical energy as well, it wasn’t as big a step for Faraday as it originally appeared.

For what appears to be a major side step for The Faraday Centre, this ground breaking course comes in response to a major client quoting that there wasn’t a “mechanical Faraday available”. Stuart Corner, Technical Sales Manager at The Faraday Centre, said: “We looked at the market place and found that there wasn’t a generic mechanical LOTO course available.  With the wealth of mechanical engineering experience available in the North East, recruiting a subject matter expert, with vast experience wasn’t difficult”.

Fortunately for Faraday, Darrell O’Driscoll joined the team to lead the project. Darrell, with the help of his colleagues have now completed the design of the course, the theoretical content and constructed four mechanical practical rigs so that both theoretical and practical training can be delivered to Faraday’s usual high standard.

Faraday places great emphasis on the importance of both theoretical and practical learning, this course encapsulates both to ensure that delegates have experience and insight that they can utilise within their own working environment, in a safe and professional manner. The course will be held at The Faraday Centres purpose designed facilities on the Wilton Site.

Dr Hannah Thomas, Director at The Faraday Centre said: “I am confident this course will make a great addition. The response we have had from our client’s so far is incredible. There appears to be a buzz around it as there is currently nothing like it available. We are always trying to develop and expand our services to meet our customers demands”.

The introduction of the Mechanical LOTO (MECH1) course follows the launch of a series of electrical training courses which have recently been developed in response to customer demand.