Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management opened its new Safety Centre on 23 September on Westwood Business Park in Coventry.
To help mark the occasion, Paralympian David Clarke joined forces with Andy Taylor, the UK and Ireland vice president of the Schneider Electric Energy and Services business, to officially open the centre. Other attendees included local and national customers and national accreditation bodies including City & Guilds and St John’s Ambulance, helping to increase awareness of electrical safety.
The new facility will offer electrical contractors, engineers and those working with electrical equipment the opportunity to learn more about electrical and occupational safety in a controlled and safe environment.
David Brady, Schneider Electric safety manager commented: “It’s easy to become complacent about electricity when it’s so readily available but with it also comes many dangers. For many, working within the electrical industry and for those that help to keep our lights on, it’s imperative that they stay abreast of the latest legislation, procedures and processes relating to electrical safety. A good safety culture means that everyone goes home at the end of the working day.
“The Schneider Electric Safety Centre is designed with this in mind, providing a platform for industry to work safely; build an understanding of how the technology operates, how to maintain it and to crucially know what to do should something go wrong.”
Already open for training, the new Schneider Electric Safety Centre has received significant investment and now comes equipped with modern classroom equipment, a new enclosed substation for competent persons and substation access training and new Low Voltage and High Voltage equipment. Featuring a 50:50 mix of technologies from Schneider Electric and the wider market, attendees are able to encounter a real life experience in a controlled environment.
The Safety Centre will offer a range of courses including Authorised Persons Offers, First Aid, Customised Electrical Safety Training, as well as risk assessments. In total the centre has over 54 pieces of HV equipment and now features three rings of practical training.