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Classroom Sessions:
Date Venue Fees
17 - 21 Jun 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
30 Sep - 04 Oct 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
Course Description


This High Voltage Switching Safety, Operations and Maintenance training course will feature the importance and relevance of switching in High Voltage Power Systems in operation and maintenance. Engineers and technicians will familiarize themselves with relevant safety procedures and practices used for its implementation. General guidance to safety and practical examples of Management Systems will be presented as well as necessity of having procedures during operation and maintenance.

Technical aspects of switching devices as well as their maintenance requirements are briefly included in the course in order to understand the risks associated with switchgear operation. Aspects of modern maintenance techniques in asset managements will be covered at the level appropriate for this training course.

In addition to the procedures for safe switching the course will provide examples of incidents following misconducts or equipment failure. Investigation procedures for such incidents will be discussed following the internal actions and fulfilling the legislative aspect.

This training course will highlight:

  • Standards guides and codes of practice
  • General guidance to work safely
  • Safe switching (operation) of the switchgear
  • Importance of earthing
  • Site safety management
  • Investigation procedures
  • Legislative aspects


At the end of this training course, you will learn to:

  • Understand what are the hazards associated with switching
  • Correctly select and use of equipment
  • Managers and supervisors will learn the actions in respect to safety
  • Learn how to assess safe working practices
  • Discuss network operator’s procedures
  • Discuss and understand set of distribution safety rules through examples

Training Methodology

Participants to this training course will receive a thorough training on the subjects covered by the training course outline with the Instructor utilising a variety of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques. Training course methodology includes interactive sessions with power point presentation including slides and videos. The participants will actively contribute in analysis of case studies and finding the most appropriate mitigating measure.

Organisational Impact

The knowledge and awareness of the processes and procedures for safe switching in HV power systems that the engineers and managers will gain in this training course will be used in improving the safe operation and maintenance as well as the overall system performance.

  • Staff awareness of importance of safety switching reducing number of incidents
  • Initiate setting up or reviewing safe procedures
  • Highlighting legal obligation to all staff
  • Understanding staff training importance and requirements
  • Awareness of consequences, incidents and investigations

Personal Impact

The participants will benefit from learning and sharing the experience in this training course in:

  • Personal awareness of safety and safety procedures
  • Understanding the importance of implementation of procedures and consequences
  • Importance of applying system of records
  • Understand site safety management
  • Learn switching operation for maintenance
  • Deciding whether to work dead or live
  • Understand legal requirement for investigation following incidents


The GLOMACS training course is structured for engineers, technicians and managers who are likely to be in position to carry on switching or work on parts of the system isolated by switching or manage work under those circumstances.

Managers at decision-making positions should also be aware of legal obligations if not complying with procedures and code of practice.

  • Operational staff and managers working in industrial and distribution systems
  • Maintenance engineers and technicians
  • Site managers, site engineers and senior technicians working in electrical utility companies and industrial organizations
  • System and substation design engineers working on control and earthing design
  • All professionals who deal with the aspects of maintenance planning and asset managers
Course Outline


  • Switching in Power systems
    • Manual, automatic, on protection operation
  • Standards Guides and Code of Practice
  • General guidance to work safely
    • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) booklet entitled Electricity at Work – Safe Working Practices (HSG85)
    • What are the hazards?
    • Correct selection and use of equipment
    • Actions for managers and supervisors
    • Assessing safe working practices
  • Management systems
    • Policies and procedures covering the installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and removal of the equipment
    • An appropriate system of records
    • Definition of responsibilities and training requirements
    • Auditing of the effectiveness of procedures


  • Technical aspect of switchgear
  • Safe switching (operation) of the switchgear
  • Potential problems with switchgear
    • Lack of knowledge
    • Modification
    • Dependent manual operating mechanism
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Earthing
    • Technical Requirements
    • Safety requirements
  • Site Safety Management
  • Safe Isolation
  • Electrical Permits to work


  • Switching operation for maintenance
  • Deciding whether to work dead or live
  • Actions common to both dead and live working
  • Working dead
  • Working live
    • Operational Issues
    • Fault level and ratings
    • Effect of on-site generation and other large rotating machines
    • Precautions for reducing the risk of swg failure and injury
  • Switching to enable safe working
  • Equipment isolation
  • Additional precaution


  • Network operator’s procedures
  • Set of Distribution Safety Rules (Example)
  • Typical example of an electrical permit-to-work
  • Records
    • Network diagrams
    • Asset register
    • Maintenance records
  • Maintenance of oil CBs
    • Risks and Hazards associated with CB operation
    • Inspection
    • Condition Monitoring
    • Reliability Centered maintenance
    • Refurbishment and replacement
    • Maintenance of SF6 CBs


  • Incidents
  • Investigation procedures
  • Fulfilling the Legislative aspect
    • Appoint competent personal
    • Have policy
    • Do risk assessment
    • Train staff
  • Regulator’s role
  • On successful completion of this training course, GLOMACS Certificate will be awarded to the delegates
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) : In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsor, one CPE credit is granted per 50 minutes of attendance
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