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Utility Excavation (Category 1) Locate Utility Services - HSG47 training course

Course code: UE1

Course overview

A 1 day training course designed for experienced operatives with an active knowledge of utility operations and excavating practices who will be required to identify, detect and mark utility services prior to excavating. Course covers the minimum training and assessment required for those working to safely detect utility services using recognised and approved detection methods.

Utility Excavation (Category 1) Locate Utility Services - HSG47

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Benefits of attending for the learner

Develop your understanding and practical application of the following areas in relation to the location and avoidance of utility services:

  • Health, safety and environmental responsibilities.
  • Site specific risk assessment.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • The danger of underground utility services.
  • The legislation and health and safety guidance.
  • Locating utility services using plans and other recognised methods.
  • The principles and functions of the C.A.T and Genny.

Benefits of attending for the employer

  • Reduced risk from the associated health and safety hazards and consequences relating to the damage of utility services.
  • Reduced costs relating to damaged utility services and apparatus.

What you will learn

The standard has been derived from the following National Occupational Standards:

  • EUSMUNC06 Locate and Avoid Services for Utilities Network Construction.
  • EUSEPUS044 Location and Identification of Underground Utility Services in the Electricity Power Utilities.

It also incorporates the relevant requirements of HSE guidance documents:

  • HSG47 Avoiding Danger from Underground Services.
  • HSG150 Health and Safety in Construction.

Achievement of the standard demonstrates effective performance, by being able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • How to interpret utility drawings and line search documents.
  • How to use location equipment to locate underground services.
  • How to identify the dangers and hazards associated with underground services.

What qualifications will you achieve?

Successful learners will receive a Develop Training Ltd certificate of competence as well as registration on the Energy and Utility Skills Register and a EUSR skills card. Achievement of this standard is valid for 3 years from the date of completion.

How is this training delivered?

This subject will be taught using a blended approach; learning will be within a classroom facility with breakout session, videos, group discussion and practical activities on the highway. Assessment of knowledge will be undertaken via a question paper, practical assessment will take place using C.A.T tools on the highway.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • High visibility vest or jacket.
  • A passport photo for your EUSR card.

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Course dates

Course code
1 day course
Price from
£155.00 + £30.00 certification

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