Omexom and TenneT employees, as well as other contractors, who want to start working on TenneT stations must demonstrate that they have the right knowledge and skills. And safety is an indispensable part of that. ‘We offer training courses and exams based on the KEB and strive for absolute safety,’ says Thealize Roorda from Van der Heide.
What are Omexom and TenneT employees and other contractors tested on before they are allowed to work on TenneT sites?
‘On five parts,’ says Thealize. ‘Firstly, the KEB. This electrical safety framework document was drawn up by TenneT to improve safety for people working on sites. It deals with a technique that is very specific to their fields. The KEB is a supplement to the general rules of procedure and applies to all locations at sea, as well as to their sites on land. Other grid operators have their own approach.’
Are they also tested in other areas?
‘Yes, we also test them on the NEN 3140 and NEN 3840 standards, and then on the specific field that TenneT specializes in: low and high voltage. A large part of the training is dedicated to safety, but it also focuses on a fundamental knowledge of electrical engineering. We test people on whether they have the right training and skills. If not, then they can’t take the exam. Without that knowledge, you simply can’t work safely.’