Energy & Utility Skills launches redeveloped Safe Control of Operations (SCO) scheme based on IGEM/GL/6 standard

27/11/2020 09:00

Due to the introduction of the GL/6 Edition 3 the SCO scheme redevelopment brings a revised approach to safety management systems, decentralising SCO and making key SCO decisions the responsibility of each gas network company.

The introduction of IGEM/GL/6 Edition 3 has introduced an increased emphasis on risk-based management of gas safety systems and gives gas distribution companies the flexibility to develop their own gas safety procedures based on meeting the common requirements of GL/6.

The SCO scheme is based around the requirements for meeting GL/6 compliance.

The scheme launches on 28 October 2020 and will be a refreshed scheme, both in terms of its content and the way in which it is delivered, this includes both the existing Energy & Utility Skills Initial scheme and the network-specific renewal scheme.

The SCO scheme ensures that individuals working on the gas networks are trained on how to do so safely by understanding gas network procedures, the permitry used and when, and the specific roles and responsibilities of all the individuals involved.  

The SCO scheme has an initial training programme for newcomers to the industry and a renewal training programme for those with existing and current SCO registrations. Once an individual passes the assessment, they hold an EUSR registration for five years.

Energy & Utility Skills are currently working with Kallidus to develop an e-Learning/e-assessment version of renewal for the GDNs which is due to launch in February 2021. They are also developing a version of the renewal modules that can be delivered and assessed virtually due to be launched early 2021.

Find out more here.

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