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  • VLOG 4 – Competency Schemes

    Hi there! Welcome back to Extend Training’s blog series on hazard areas. For this instalment we’re going to have a quick look at some of the other competency schemes that exist around the world for demonstrating competency for hazardous area electrical work. In Australia we are most familiar with ASNZS4761 and the UAE 11 training ...

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  • VLOG 3 – Barrier Glands

    Hi there. A big welcome back to all the Haz Area masochists out there. I know you’re excited to hear our rant about compound barrier glands, so I’ll get right to it. In our experience there is a common misconception about the reasons for using barrier glands in an installation. Lots of people ...

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  • VLOG 2 – Myth Busting Legislation Requirements

    Hi there, and welcome to our follow up vlog on the difference between competency and licensing. As promised, we’ll be slaying the sacred cow that says a person must always hold an Australian electrical licence to work on hazardous area electrical equipment in this country. Let’s start by saying that we’re not complete nutters, and ...

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  • VLOG 1

    Hi and welcome to Extend Training’s video blog series on hazardous area issues. I can’t help but wonder sometimes if the inventors of the internet would have gone ahead with it if they knew what it would be used for, but here we are in 2017 and I don’t own a cat, so we’re reduced ...

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  • EX e TERMINAL BOX PRACTICALITIES PART 2

    We’ve had a great response to our blog post, “Ex e Terminal Box Practicalities,” including some good questions that we thought it would be worth addressing in a follow up post. Steve, a senior electrical engineer working in refrigeration dropped us a line to ask about spare terminals. Steve writes: “I read your article regarding Ex ...

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  • ONSHORE VS OFFSHORE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: INSTALLATION PRACTICES

    Standards drive a lot of the differences between onshore and offshore installations, but some things are simply down to preferences, or established industry practices. Some of the biggest noticeable differences with offshore installations are: 1. Cables – braided armour is more common, low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) cables mandatory 2. Cable transits – Multi Cable Transits (MCTs) will be ...

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  • ONSHORE VS OFFSHORE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: QUALIFICATIONS

    If you want to get into the offshore game, you will almost certainly need to hold a dual electrical/instrumentation trade. Accommodation is limited on offshore facilities so electrical personnel are expected to also handle instrumentation. You’ll need some maintenance experience in your CV too – not just construction. EEHA competencies covering installation, maintenance and inspection will ...

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  • ONSHORE VS OFFSHORE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: STANDARDS

    Onshore it is likely that AS/NZS 3000 will apply, often together with other industry-specific standards such as the AS/NZS 3007 series. Even if the legislation that applies allows some freedom for the facility owner to nominate different standards to control electrical risk, it is rare that that will do so. Australian electrical workers are familiar ...

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  • Onshore vs Offshore what you need to know: Legislation

    The legislation covering the Australian offshore industry is a Commonwealth (federal) Act: The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Safety Act (OPGGSA). That means the law is the same whether you are in Bass Strait, the North West Shelf or anywhere else in Australian waters. The industry regulator is the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental ...

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  • MYTH 5: Refresher training is required every 2 years.

    MYTH 5: Refresher training is required every 2 years. False! This may come as a surprise, but there is actually no specified interval requirement when it comes to ‘refresher training.’  Did you know that the AS/NZS/IEC 60079.14 only states that “appropriate continuing education or training shall be undertaken by personnel on a regular basis”? While it may ...

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  • MYTH 4: TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT TO AS/NZS 4761 OR TO NATIONAL UNITS OF COMPETENCY ARE THE ONLY WAYS TO PROVE COMPETENCY.

    MYTH 4: Training and assessment to AS/NZS 4761 or to national units of competency are the only ways to prove competency.  False! It may often be the easiest way to prove your competency, but it is certainly not the only path you can take. In fact, the units of competency in AS/NZS 4761 are actually incredibly broad. ...

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  • MYTH 3: AN AUSTRALIAN ELECTRICAL LICENSE IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE EEHA COMPETENCIES.

    Myth 3: An Australian Electrical License is required in order to demonstrate EEHA competencies.  False! As we mentioned in regards to MYTH 2, holding a license and demonstrating competency are two entirely different things. You do not need to hold a license in order to prove your competency; there are other options! There are training pathways for ...

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  • Myth 2: An Australian Electrical License Is Compulsory In Order To Work On Australian Projects

    Myth 3: Is an Australian Electrical License Compulsory In Order to Work On Australian Projects? False! Unlike Myth #1, this is much less convoluted. Yes, if you’re planning on working within Australia on these projects then you will need to hold an Australian Electrical Licence in order to do so. That being said, not all Australian projects ...

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  • MYTH 1: EEHA Training is mandatory when conducting any EEHA electrical work. 

    MYTH 1: EEHA Training is mandatory when conducting any EEHA electrical work. False. The requirement is about demonstrating the competence to safely complete your work. Does this mean you have to attend training in order to receive this competence? No, not necessarily. It’s true that in Australia state law requires electrical installations that comply with the AS/NZS ...

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  • Extend Training and Trainor Korea Partnership

    Extend Training and our partner Bureau Veritas Korea are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with Trainor Korea. This new partnership will allow our customers to access training and assessment services for both IECEx CoPC and EEHA Competencies to AS/NZS 4761 in an efficient and cost-effective way.  Under the agreement, holders of EEHA Competency certificates ...

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  • More disquiet about IEC 60079.14 Ed 5.0

    In our previous blog post on changes to IEC 60079.14, we noted that the EEMUA had expressed some serious misgivings about the new criteria for determining whether a compound barrier gland was required on Ex d cable entries. And it seems that they are not alone – the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ...

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  • Ex e Terminal Box Practicalities

    Ex e Terminal Box Practicalities  One of the EEHA areas in which we have noted a tendency towards what we’ll refer to as “over-compliance,” in recent times, is in the verification that power dissipation inside Ex e terminal boxes is within allowable limits. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about compliance and documentation, but some of ...

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  • We’ll be training in Perth in 2016!

    We’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering courses in Perth in the new year!  We’ve formed a partnership with the nice folks at ERGT Australia to use their awesome training facility at Jandakot, which is perfect for running our practical sessions with maximum realism. ERGT Australia’s purpose is to provide accessible and safe training to ...

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  • The next AS/NZS 60079.14 – Where are we headed?

    Edition 5.0 of IEC 60079.14, the text that governs our working lives here at Extend Training, was published by the IEC almost two years ago now. The committee process to adopt the IEC text as an AS/NZS standard typically takes around that long, so it’s quite likely that there will be a new AS/NZS 60079.14 ...

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