Safe Management of Electrical Assets Seminar

Course summary

The seminar will run over two days and has been developed in response to customer demand for practical guidance in this specialised area.

The courses can be taken as a two-day package or as standalone options. Day one of the seminar will focus on Practical Asset Management and day two will cover the Safe Management of Switchgear.

Practical Asset Management in the Real World

This one-day course provides a practical introduction to the application of Asset Management strategies to physical assets.

The course is designed for people with limited or no prior experience of Asset Management. It explains how Asset Management can effect and improve decision making in relation to safety and reliability of HV plant and equipment.

The course cuts through buzzwords and jargon to provide practical guidance in common sense terms.  It focuses on operational, maintenance, replacement and investment scenarios to offer guidance that is relevant to staff involved in the operation and management of electrical assets.

Safe Management of Electrical Switchgear (HSG 85 and HSG 230 Framework)

This one-day course explains the guidance documents and their application to the management and maintenance of switchgear in a practical context.

It will cover the fundamentals of switchgear, hazards, basic protection principles and failure modes and progresses to consider management systems, asset records and maintenance records. This course includes three phase AC switchgear from 1kV to 33kV as defined in HSG 230.

Course itinerary

Practical Asset Management in the Real World

Approaches to managing electrical assets

  • What is asset management?
  • Defining failures
  • Maintenance approaches
  • What happens in reality?

What drives maintenance schedules in the real world?

  • Understanding the drivers and constraints
  • Asset management options
  • Establishing the right frameworks
  • Understanding the asset management lifecycle

Maintenance and investment decision making

  • How do you decide where to spend and invest?
  • Understanding the condition data
  • How to develop asset evaluation methodologies
  • Striking the right balance

Putting it into practice

  • Group Exercise
    • Bow Tie Analysis
    • Barrier Analysis

Programme may be subject to amendment.

Safe Management of Electrical Switchgear

HSG 85 and HSG 230 Framework

Scope and Switchgear Basics

  • Background
  • Regulations
  • Scope of HSG documentation; HSG 230 and HSG 85
  • Switchgear Safety
  • Inspections
  • Protection
  • What are the hazards?

Management of Switchgear

  • Management systems and principles
  • Training and competence
  • Operation of switchgear
  • Reducing the risk of switchgear failure
  • Ancillary equipment
  • Assessment of aged switchgear
  • Selection of new, replacement or refurbished switchgear
  • Measures to limit failure consequences


  • Maintenance strategies
  • Hazards in maintenance
  • Care and maintenance of oil-filled switchgear
  • Care and maintenance of non-oil switchgear
  • Maintenance induced failures


  • Operational aspects of HSG 85 and HSG 230
  • Actions for managers and supervisors
  • Assessing safe working practices
  • Dead vs live working
    • Decide whether to work dead or live, actions common to both dead and live working
    • Working dead
    • Working live

Programme may be subject to amendments.

Why attend?

As a leading centre for forensic investigation of switchgear failure, our courses apply and illustrate a range of relevant subject matter.

We have extensive expertise in switchgear engineering, asset management, safe working practices and safety rule compliance. EA Technology are the technical authors of the Health and Safety Executive publication ‘HSG 230 – Keeping Electrical Switchgear Safe’ and as such, are uniquely placed to explain how to utilise this guidance document to manage switchgear assets safely. This course will allow delegates to better understand their responsibilities and duties with regard to electrical switchgear and how to meet them, with practical advice and examples.

  • Gain knowledge to help improve safety and enhance the reliability of switchgear.
  • Receive practical guidance to interpret the HSG guidelines for executing and managing safe switchgear systems.
  • Improve the reliability of switchgear assets.
  • Understand key responsibilities and compliance with the latest regulations and legal obligations.
  • A common sense understanding of the what, why and how of asset management.
  • What effective asset management can actually achieve within organisations.
  • An appreciation of how it may be integrated with existing systems for management and maintenance of physical assets.
  • The importance of asset information, the different types of information that are widely available and the way in which it can be used to inform effective decision making.
  • Options for dealing with poor asset performance.
  • The concept of asset lifecycle, what that means in real terms and how it is affected by organisation specific factors.

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