May Issue 36 - Flipbook - Page 19
NCE: ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES
A plug-in hybrid vehicle can have
its battery charged directly from
the electrical supply network.
vary greatly and are dependent on
the type of work that people are
expected to do.
RISKS OF WORKING WITH
For example, an awareness of
the additional risks is likely to
be all that is required for people
who undertake vehicle sales or
E&HVs introduce hazards into
the workplace in addition to
those normally associated with
the repair and maintenance of
vehicles, roadside recovery and
other vehicle related activities.
• the presence of high voltage
capable of delivering a fatal
• the storage of electrical energy
with the potential to cause
explosion or fire.
• components that may retain a
dangerous voltage even when
a vehicle is switched off.
vehicle itself that may move
unexpectedly due to magnetic
forces within the motors.
• the potential for the release of
explosive gases and harmful
liquids if batteries are damaged
or incorrectly modified.
• the possibility of people being
unaware of vehicles moving as
when electrically driven they
are silent in operation.
• the potential for the electrical
systems on the vehicle to
affect medical devices such as
People involved in vehicle repair
and maintenance however, are
likely to need a much greater level
of competence in order to work
on these types of vehicle safely.
Specific training with qualifications
awarded by organisations such as
IMI Awards is available.
Four categories of work have
been identified. These are:
• Valeting, sales and other lower
Incident response including
Working on high voltage
These categories are outlined
below with the suggested primary
VALETING, SALES AND OTHER
LOWER RISK ACTIVITIES
Remote operation keys that only
need to be close to the vehicle
for the vehicle to be powered up
should be kept away from vehicles.
This is to prevent the vehicle from
SAFE WORKING WITH E&HVS
Additional skills and training will
be necessary to allow people
to work safely with E&HVs. The
levels of competency required will