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Top 3 Considerations for Successful Electrical Safety Training

Did you know that accidents, incidents, and near misses involving electricity are in the top three most reported causes of injury and that lack of training is cited as the reason in most cases?

A lack of proper training often leads to unsafe working practices – those not properly trained and competent to carry out their duties are much more likely to be involved in accidents, incidents, and near misses – most of which are normally preventable!

For almost 25 years, EUTEX has been correctly specifying hazardous-area products, carrying out product certification and successfully delivering electrical safety training for a number of industries around the globe. Our services support meets IEC(Ex), ATEX, and NEC requirements and we provide industry-recognized IECEx & CompEx training and certification for those involved in the management design, specification, installation, maintenance and inspection of assets.

Our expert knowledge is used to help guide clients through the often complicated process of design, selection & erection of projects and, to support achieving this, we also provide international certified training to clients’ employees to meet the required criteria.

We have developed our own training programs to match the competency requirements for managers, designers, installers, plus inspection and maintenance staff which are designed to meet the certification needs of clients based around the world. For some, we have been training their staff for many years with our solutions to ensure the highest standard of safety and guidance is met.

We understand that each client’s training and competency requirements can be different. There are three core elements we consider when delivering our training.


Employees need to know what’s expected of them and what their responsibilities are. Recognizing these requirements and boundaries is imperative when working in a hazardous area.

Recently, we delivered training for an international OEM in India to assure competency for IECEx compliance. We recognized that there were two key roles within the projects that staff competency was essential for the IEC60079 certification.

Designers – We utilized CompEx Ex12, which has been developed in consultation with the UK HSE & industry to ensure that the core competence of application design engineers can be measured.

Ex12 provides a benchmark for employers to meet the competency requirements of the IEC 60079 series of standards. The IEC standard 60079-14: electrical installations design, selection, and erection mandates competency in designers. The purpose of Ex12 is to instruct and assess the competence of candidates who are either aspiring or practicing application design engineers.

Operatives – For installation, inspection, and commissioning teams (operatives) we utilized CompEx Ex 01-04 units which were developed in consultation with the industry to ensure the core competence of existing and potential workers who operate in these environments.

The qualification consists of four units, which cover the minimum requirements for safe working practices in hazardous areas. Candidates learn about the safety precautions that must be applied to work areas that contain potentially explosive or flammable atmospheres and the practical skills they need to display to carry out their duties safely and in line with the IEC60079 series of standards

Competency for industry and region

It sounds obvious but knowing which industry-specific certifications are required for the country where you or the tour team will be working is essential.

Within the energy sector, we have developed our courses with leading governing bodies such as the CompEx in the UK and IECEx internationally. This insight means that we are able to deliver our training in line with the sector and its specific needs.

Recognizing that training requirements change from region to region is also a key step in our training process. Our recent work with a national oil company (NOC) in Thailand, saw us deliver training for its employees and subcontractors. NOC’s have stringent governing, and we ensured that each employee was trained, mentored, and re-trained.

We provided the training blended in English & Thai (English presentation with Thai explanations and real-life examples) working to the highest level to ensure competency and consequently allowing personal certification to ultimately be achieved.

Flexible learning

People learn in different ways and often, need to be able to access learning remotely – especially since the coronavirus pandemic impacted our ability to travel or attend group settings.

We deliver training through a variety of channels including online, in-person, and hybrid (to provide a mix of hands-on and digital learning).

Each session is designed to be inclusive of all learning styles as we recognize that not everyone can study in the same way. By combining the set guidelines for each certification, with simulations of working environments, we maintain engagement levels with the attendees – an essential part of ensuring the information is being learned.

Flexibility is key, by offering our courses through a variety of methods we increase the success rate of our client’s employees who require the qualification.

Although students may be disappointed if they do not achieve certification in the first or second attempt – our focus is on retained learning (competence is not a memory test for exams) so we are proud of our long-term and very high overall certification rates.

Our services are delivered globally through our regional offices and training centers based in Australia, Canada, India, Myanmar, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. To support our clients with time efficiency and cost-saving, we can deliver training on-site or in a location, local to the client.

Each course can be blended with the language local to its students to make it easily understood and to avoid misunderstanding of the safety requirements.

Considering each of these elements in our training courses allows us to support your team and help you to achieve your certification. To discuss your requirements, or to have a training needs analysis performed please contact us here

About the author: Fraser Heggie has worked for Eutex for almost 10 years having previously spent over 15 years working for a leading international spirits manufacturing company whose operations included top tier COMAH sites in the UK – His experience in the management, construction, installation, maintenance, repair, inspection and testing of E&I equipment within the distilling + oil and gas industries - along with his drive to understand all things “Ex” plus his ability to keep pace with technology, makes him a perfect fit as EUTEX CTO.
Fraser Heggie
Chief Technical Officer


EUTEX International is the leading electrical supplier of hazardous area products and services around the globe!

EUTEX is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company that provides hazardous area electrical products including cables, glands, and accessories. The company holds IECEx service facility status which allows our staff to provide hazardous area inspection and maintenance services along with staff training and assembly certification to ensure safe operations in potentially explosive environments.

Working in potentially explosive areas involves multiple risks, so minimizing those risks for the staff and assets is our highest priority.

We have been serving the energy industry since 1998 consistently working towards a safer work environment. EUTEX has built an extensive global footprint by supporting customers who really care about safety by making sure the products and services are a good fit for their purpose and compliant with international and local standards.

To date, EUTEX has registered offices and training centers in Australia, Canada, India, Myanmar, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates to better serve our global clientele.