UEE Hazardous Areas

Project scope

 

The Hazardous Areas project will review two qualifications and develop 11 new Units of Competency in the Electrotechnology Training Package to reflect industry and relevant Australian Standard (AS/NZS4761.1:2018) requirements for working with electrical equipment for hazardous areas (EEHA).

 

The Electrotechnology Training Package currently contains units directly adopted from clauses contained within AS/NZS4761.1:2018. The Standard sets out the generic cross-industry competencies needed for work associated with electrical equipment for hazardous areas. The competencies are intended for use by any industry sector or enterprise conducting operations where explosive atmospheres are present, and cover design, installation, inspection, maintenance, repair and area classification. They set out minimum requirements for persons to be ‘competent’ to undertake the related tasks.

 

The 11 units not currently included are primarily used by degree qualified engineers to verify competence to work in hazardous areas. They were initially not adopted because the Standard contains preconditions for assessment (qualifications at AQF 5-7) that cannot be adopted within the unit template. Industry wants all the remaining units (clauses) contained within the standard available for delivery within the regulated VET system. This will ensure a mechanism exists for quality verification of competent persons to undertake design, installation, inspection, maintenance, repair of equipment for hazardous areas.

 

The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has received correspondence from industry requesting the clauses not adopted in the Electrotechnology Training Package be added to the Training Package. The IRC has committed to a project to develop unit/s to cover the requirements of the clauses so they can be trained and assessed within the accredited VET system. Advice related to compliance with preconditions for assessment will be included in the unit application to ensure this is met.

 

VIEW CASE FOR CHANGE

 

The Electrotechnology IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

 

If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.

 

Timeline

 

The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by May 2022.

 

Deliverables

 

The full list of products included in this project:

 

Qualifications

UEE42620 Certificate IV in Hazardous areas – Electrical

UEE61220 Advanced Diploma of Engineering – Explosion protection

 

Units of Competency

New Unit  Manage continuous supervision inspection of electrical installations for hazardous areas

New Unit  Conduct a conformity assessment review of explosion-protected equipment

New Unit  Assess the fitness-for-purpose of explosion-protected equipment

New Unit  Design explosion-protected of electrical systems and installations

New Unit  Perform compliance audits of hazardous areas and related electrical installation

New Unit  Classify areas where flammable gas or vapour hazards may arise

New Unit  Classify areas where a combustible dust hazard may arise

New Unit  Repair reeling, trailing and flexible cables used in coal mining

New Unit  Test reeling, trailing and flexible cables and their attachments used in coal mining

New Unit  Inspect, maintain and fit plugs/couplers for reeling, trailing and flexible cables – coal mining

New Unit  Verify compliance of repaired reeling, trailing and flexible cables and attachments – coal mining

 

TAC ESTABLISHED

 

5 OCTOBER 2021

 

The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.

 

Comprising of 18 subject matter experts from Industry, RTOs, and Peak Bodies, the TAC has been tasked with:

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge in applying AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA) to the review and development of qualifications and Units of Competency
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority.

 

The first meeting of the TAC is scheduled for 14 October 2021.

 

Technical advisory committee

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2021

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

Work on this project has commenced and the Electrotechnology IRC is forming a TAC.

 

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:

 

The Hazardous Areas project will review two qualifications and develop 11 new Units of Competency to reflect AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA). The Electrotechnology Training Package does not currently cover all clauses contained within the Standard and Industry has requested that the remaining units be adopted. The Standard sets out the generic cross-industry competencies needed for work associated with electrical equipment for hazardous areas.

 

Registrations closed Thursday, 16 September 2021.

 

Consultation

 

6 DECEMBER 2021

DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee, the TAC has drafted materials for this project and is requesting stakeholder feedback.

 

The project has reviewed two Qualifications and developed 11 new Units of Competency to reflect AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA).

 

The Electrotechnology Training Package does not currently cover all clauses contained within the Standard and Industry has requested that the remaining units be adopted. The Standards sets out the generic cross-industry competencies needed for work associated with electrical equipment for hazardous areas.

 

Feedback submissions closed Friday, 28 January 2022.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Quality Assurance

4 MAY 2022

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and have been updated to reflect the intent of the qualification and address higher-level theoretical concepts more appropriate for the vocational destinations of graduates.

 

To view the final drafts, please click below:

Case for Endorsement

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

Mapping Attachments Document

Qualifications

Skill Sets

Units of Competency

 

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in May 2022.

 

 

Validation

17 FEBRUARY 2022

FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee, its Technical Advisory Committees have considered all stakeholder feedback and revised draft Training Package materials.

 

The project has updated two qualifications and developed 11 new Units of Competency to reflect AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA).

 

The Electrotechnology Training Package does not currently cover all clauses contained within the Standard and Industry has requested that the remaining units be adopted. Based on feedback received during the first round of public consultation the prerequisite field of 11 existing Units of Competency has also been amended for consistency with the new units. Nothing else in these existing units has been changed.

 

Feedback closed Monday, 7 March 2022.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Submission

6 JUNE 2022

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC

 

The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee has submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at its meeting on 17 August 2022.

 

This project has updated two qualifications, developed 11 new Units of Competency and updated 13 existing units to reflect AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA).

 

View Case for Endorsement

 

If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:

Updated Qualifications:

  • UEE41222 Certificate IV in Electrical – Rail Signalling
  • UEE42622 Certificate IV in Hazardous areas – Electrical
  • UEE61222 Advanced Diploma of Engineering – Explosion protection
  • UEE62122 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical

 

New Units of Competency:

  • UEECD0064 Interpret, produce and modify electrotechnology drawings
  • UEEEL0077 Evaluate and report on the performance of LV machines
  • UEEEL0079 Plan and analyse LV electrical apparatus
  • UEEEL0080 Plan and analyse wiring systems, circuits, control and protection for electrical installations
  • UEEHA0016 Assess the fitness-for-purpose of explosion-protected equipment
  • UEEHA0017 Classify areas where a combustible dust hazard may arise
  • UEEHA0018 Classify areas where flammable gas or vapour hazards may arise
  • UEEHA0019 Conduct a conformity assessment review of explosion-protected equipment
  • UEEHA0021 Design explosion-protected electrical systems and installations
  • UEEHA0024 Inspect, maintain and fit plugs/couplers for reeling, trailing and flexible cables -coal mining
  • UEEHA0027 Manage continuous supervision inspection of electrical installations for hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0028 Perform compliance audits of hazardous areas and related electrical installation
  • UEEHA0030 Repair reeling, trailing and flexible cables used in coal mining
  • UEEHA0036 Test reeling, trailing and flexible cables and their attachments used in coal mining
  • UEEHA0037 Verify compliance of repaired reeling, trailing and flexible cables and attachments -coal mining
  • UEEIC0051 Evaluate motor drive systems and diagnose faults
  • UEERS0020 Apply rail signalling principles
  • UEERS0026 Maintain communications based signalling equipment
  • UEERS0035 Maintain wayside asset protection equipment

 

Updated Units of Competency:

  • UEEEL0078 Install and commission whole current electricity meters
  • UEEHA0020 Conduct detailed inspection of electrical installations for hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0022 Determine the explosion-protection requirements to meet a specified classified hazardous area
  • UEEHA0023 Develop and manage periodic electrical inspection and maintenance programs for hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0025 Install explosion-protected equipment and associated apparatus and wiring systems
  • UEEHA0026 Maintain equipment associated with hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0029 Plan electrical installations for hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0031 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment type flameproof (Ex d)
  • UEEHA0032 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment type increased safety (Ex e)
  • UEEHA0033 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment type intrinsically safe (Ex i)
  • UEEHA0034 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment type pressurised (Ex p)
  • UEEHA0035 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected rotating machines
  • UEEHA0038 Conduct visual and close inspection of electrical installations for hazardous areas
  • UEEHA0039 Supervise repair and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment type Group III (‘t’)
  • UEERA0098 Inspect, test and repair fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems
  • UEERS0021 Assemble and wire electrical rail signalling equipment
  • UEERS0022 Find and repair rail signalling system faults.
  • UEERS0023 Inspect, test and certify rail power signal equipment
  • UEERS0024 Install and maintain rail track circuit leads and bonds
  • UEERS0025 Maintain active level crossing equipment
  • UEERS0027 Maintain computer-based interlocking rail systems
  • UEERS0028 Maintain mechanical rail signalling equipment and infrastructure
  • UEERS0029 Maintain non-vital telemetry systems
  • UEERS0030 Maintain power-operated point actuating devices
  • UEERS0031 Maintain rail signalling power supplies
  • UEERS0032 Maintain trackside signal and train protection equipment
  • UEERS0033 Maintain train detection equipment
  • UEERS0034 Maintain vital relay interlocking systems
  • UEERS0036 Repair rail signalling power and control cables
  • UEERS0037 Test copper rail signalling cables

 

Deleted Units of Competency:

  • UEECD0058 Observe safety practices are followed in the vicinity of isolated electrical cables
  • UEERS0002 Decommission electrical and electromechanical rail signalling from service
  • UEERS0003 Develop rail signalling system maintenance programs
  • UEERS0007 Install and maintain non-vital screen-based control systems
  • UEERS0015 Maintain electronic and microprocessor-based remote control systems

 

New Skill Sets:

  • UEESS00188 Electrical -Rail Signalling Principles Skill Set
  • UEESS00189 Rail Signalling Constructor Skill Set

 

Updated Skill Sets:

  • UEESS00187 Electrical – Install and Set Up Interval Metering Skill Set
  • UEESS00190 RAC – Inspect, Test and Repair Fire and Smoke Control Features of Mechanical Services Systems

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

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Paul Humphreys

Industry Skills Specialist - Electrotechnology

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0429 670 588