CompEx urges electricians to stay safe by staying up to date

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  Posted by: electime      9th November 2020

Certification body, CompEx is reminding electricians of the importance of staying up to date with the latest training and qualifications when working within fuel forecourts.

CompEx, which has recently launched its new website, developed the Ex07 – Ex08 qualification in consultation with industry to ensure practicing electricians and those that carry out electrical work where flammable fuels can cause explosive atmospheres to form within a fuel forecourt, operate competently and safely. The course, which takes five days to complete, combines a mix of practical and online assessments and primarily focuses on the specifications identified in the APEA/EI technical publication or the ‘Blue Book’ as it is more commonly referred to, the latest edition of which is the 4th Edition published in April 2018.

Huw Bement, director at CompEx, said: “Over the years there have been a number of serious incidents on fuel forecourts, so ensuring worker competence is particularly important due to the devastating consequences which could result if the appropriate installation methods are not followed, particularly on premises to which the public have unrestricted access. While the course incorporates the details in the APEA ‘Blue Book’, many of the topics covered in the Ex07-Ex08 units go into far greater technical detail, giving practicing electricians, those carrying out electrical work and those employers and Duty Holders confidence and expert guidance when operating in the field. We want people to understand that they are safer when certified and offer them peace of mind when working around fuel forecourts.

“As well as encouraging electricians who are currently involved in, or plan to install, maintain and inspect electrical equipment and installations within a fuel forecourt to find out more about the course, we’d also urge operators to be aware of the risks and implications of not working with an appropriately qualified and competent contractor. We’d encourage people to visit our new website to learn more about the course and register interest.”

Candidates who successfully complete the assessment receive a CompEx Certificate in Core Competence covering, preparation and installation of electrical installations at fuel forecourts and inspection, test and maintenance of electrical installations at fuel forecourts. The qualification lasts for five years. To check course availability please visit