SELECT is hosting weekly Digital Drop-In webinars for Members every Friday at 10am to answer questions throughout the pandemic. The live sessions include SELECT staff and guest speakers offering advice on technical, employment, training and membership issues. Taking part is easy - simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place
Here is a collection of some of the most common topics and questions asked about so far in our weekly digital webinars. We will be updating this page weekly as the digital drop in sessions continue throughout lockdown.
What online digital training is available?
We have the following courses available:
- Requirements for EI Virtual Classroom
- Scottish Building Standards Update Course
- The Effective Manager Programme
- Online Training Courses in Partnership with Training First Safety Ltd
- Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Online Learning
For further information and available dates click here.
How does the 18th Edition virtual classroom work?
We have now created a similar course (click here for synopsis) as our Requirements for EI Course (218), but instead of delivering the course in a classroom we will be delivering it virtually in the comfort of your own home.
The session runs from 9am – 5pm and there will be four assessments carried out throughout the day. An e-mail will be sent to you with the links for each assessment. On the day of the course the tutor will tell you when to click into each link.
What will you require for the course?
- A PC or laptop would be advisable as you will have a bigger screen view. However, this can also be viewed on a tablet/iPad, but the view of the presentation will be a lot smaller and harder to see
- A printer to print out the course notes (21 pages double sided)
- An 18th Edition Regulations Book (blue book)
What will you be emailed?
You will be sent the following four emails:
- Login details for the online part of the programme
- Course joining instructions will link to print your course notes
- GoToMeeting Link – this link will get you into the virtual classroom session on the day of the course. If you haven’t used GoToMeetings before, there is a link on the e-mail to download the App
- Assessment links
Have any standards been changed recently which members should be aware of?
RC advised that Amendment 1:2020 to BS 7671:2018 was published on 1st February 2020 which is to be implemented after 31st July 2020
A corrigendum to this was also recently published in May 2020 to correct some minor errors that are contained in it!
Technical Updates T 441 and T445 outlining the key changes are available on SELECTs website
A1:2020 introduces changes specifically to the requirements given in Section 722 for ‘Electric vehicle Charging Installations’ which is one of the special installations or locations given in Part 7 of BS 7671:2018
A link to the IET website to view the corrigendum document is given in the Technical Update T 445
A review of the principal change was provided by RC with respect to Regulation 722.411.4.1
This includes new methods which can be used to allow connection of EV charging equipment which will be used to charge an EV outside or which could reasonably be used to do so to a supply with a PME system.
Any updated guidance on coding for PI & T ?
The Electrical Safety First (ESF) Best Practice Guide No 4 (Issue 5 / July 2019) ‘Electrical installation condition reporting: Classification Codes for domestic and similar electrical installations’ was highlighted by RC for information and the changes which take account of the publication of BS 7671:2018 highlighted.
These included an overview of the main changes to the ‘Examples of the use of classification codes’ given for C2 (potentially dangerous), C3 (Improvement recommended) and FI (Further investigation required) observation coding.
The document is available to download free of charge from either SELECTs website or ESFs
RC also highlighted the benefit to members of looking at industry agreed Q and As given in ESFs website which are produced by the Wiring Regulations Advisory Group which SELECT contribute to see
What should be considered with regard to electrical safety when planning to re-open premises closed as part of the current restrictions?
RC highlighted an article he has produced for inclusion in the June edition of Cabletalk which outlines such considerations!
The article is aimed at the duty holder who is responsible for the electrical safety of premises and who should when considering or planning to re-open premises closed under present restrictions the need for maintenance to ensure safety of employees, visitors and the public.
This could be as simple as ensuring routine checks are carried out where premises have been well maintained prior to lock down and where appropriate records are available however more detailed inspection and testing may be necessary where previous maintenance has not been carried out or has been poorly carried out and where no previous test records exist.
If more detailed inspection and testing is required the inspection and testing procedures should include for the fixed wiring (normally done through periodic inspection and testing) and for electrical equipment connected to it (normally done through in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment / formerly known as portable appliance testing)
The views of a competent person should also be taken into account when deciding how often this should be carried out and there is guidance in the IET publications GN3 Inspection & testing and the IET Code of practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment ( Version 4) although a revised version is to be published shortly.
RC also highlighted the importance of ensuring all equipment is checked including fixed equipment which is often overlooked and falls between the gap when PI & T and ISITEE is being organised.
What can I do if a worker doesn’t want to return to work at the end of their furlough period?
You should keep your furloughed employees up to date with the arrangements that your company is making for their safe return to work, and this can be done using the “Preparations for Return to Work and Employee Survey” which SELECT has produced, and is linked here. This letter contains a short survey to be completed by each of your workers, which should enable you to make a meaningful risk assessment in terms of preparations for the workforce returning. Listen to your workers’ concerns, and do what you can to mitigate any risks they are concerned about. If you feel that the worker’s refusal is vexatious, you may as a last resort, wish to consider using your disciplinary procedure.
Can I mandate that my workers take a portion of their holiday entitlement immediately after returning from furlough to manage our inevitable excess annual leave situation?
Yes, as in normal times an employer can mandate a period of holiday by giving twice as much notice of the mandated period as the length of the mandated period itself. Many companies already do this when they implement a Christmas shutdown. You may wish to discuss this plan with your operatives, explaining the reasons why you need to implement it, and you should inform them of this mandated holiday period in writing with the correct notice, but technically you do not need their consent.
Is it safe to travel in vehicles with fellow workers?
Current indications are that a vehicle with 2 seats should only have one occupant, and vehicles with 3-5 seats should have no more than 2 occupants, spaced as distantly as possible given the vehicle’s layout.
What preparations can I make for returning to work?
When beginning to draw up a plan, ensure that you are adhering to the latest guidance given by the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, and other bodies working in concert with them.
It is important to maintain reasonable contact with your staff, and to assure them that you are putting in place measures to ensure their safety at work when it is time to come back. SELECT has produced a template letter that lets Members communicate these plans to operatives and staff, which can be found on the SELECT website here.
The CICV Forum is producing guidance which will set out ways in which Members can mitigate the risk of returning to work, and this guidance will be available on the SELECT website when it is published.
SELECT is producing a digital Toolbox Talk to cover the issues which may cause employers and operatives concern, and there will be a version available which will be specific to apprentices.
What do I need to do about PPE?
With regards to PPE, normal PPE which would have been used prior to COVID-19 should obviously continue to be used, but there should be no sharing or lending of PPE such as safety glasses, hard hats, or hi-vis vests etc. The construction industry is focusing on physical distancing and rigorous hygiene standards, since clinical grade PPE should at this time be reserved for frontline medical and caring staff.
What’s happening with ECS?
There is currently no plan to move to online digital ECS assessment delivery. We are developing a revised process for ECS which we hope with be available very soon. You can request assessments by emailing email@example.com. We are still considering potential invigilation solutions, but we are mindful that at all times we must maintain the integrity of the test.
What are the requirements for furlough?
Government guidance has stated that an employee is eligible to be furloughed by an employer if at 28 February 2020 they were on that company’s payroll. The guidance also states that if a company has recently hired someone and an RTI submission has been made in respect of their employment on or before 19 March 2020, then the company may furlough the employee. A flowchart showing the various permutations of such a situation can be found here. This advice is subject to the proviso that employers are not obliged to re-hire and furlough ex-employees, or furlough current employees.