PIA (telecoms)

Smart Awards - Overhead & Undergound Safety

The UK Government has committed to providing fibre broadband to every household in the UK, which is of course fantastic news for the telecoms industry.

The Smart Awards SA001& SA002 course has been introduced to prepare even more technicians to manage this huge undertaking by the Government.  It is a requirement of Openreach that all operatives hold the appropriate certification before working on various elements of their network.

These awards focus on safety and safe working practices.

SA001 – Overhead Safety

This 3-day course includes both theory & practical elements and covers:

  •  Ladder Safety
  •  Pole Identification, Checking &Climbing
  •  Joint User Poles
  •  Correct Use of Safety Equipment

 

 

The course is held at:

  • North West Training Centre (Accrington)

SA002 – Underground Safety

This 3-day course includes both theory & practical elements and covers:

  •  Gas Testing & Identification Using GDU
  •  Gas Safety Awareness
  •  Lifting Manhole & Joint Box Covers
  •  Correct Use of Safety Equipment
  • Awareness & Avoidance of Musculoskeletal Injuries

 

The course is held at:

  • North West Training Centre (Accrington)
  • South West Training Centre (Bristol)*
  • South East Training Centre*
  • North East Training Centre*

*denotes opening early in 2021

SA001A– Overhead Safety. Awareness

This 1-day course aimed at Supervisors, Managers and Surveyors is classroom/theory based and includes:

  •  Ladder Safety
  •  Pole Identification, Checking & Climbing Guidelines
  •  Joint User Poles
  •  Correct Use of Safety Equipment

SA002A – Underground Safety Awareness

This 1-day course is theory/classroom based and is aimed at Supervisors, Managers & Surveyors and covers :

  •  Gas Testing & Identification Using GDU
  •  Gas Safety Awareness
  •  Lifting Manhole & Joint Box Covers
  •  Correct Use of Safety Equipment
  • Awareness & Avoidance of Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Manual Handling Awareness

 

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