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Topic Title: Nominated Competent Person, Authorised Person and Senior Authorised Person
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Created On: 25 May 2010 04:57 PM
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 25 May 2010 04:57 PM
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Can sometime explain what are the differences between a Nominated Competent Person, Authorised Person and Senior Authorised Person in relation to High Voltage.

Basil Wallace PgDip EngTech MIET
 25 May 2010 08:35 PM
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Well it is going to depend upon the definitions in the safety rules as to what they can actually do, on our system;

Competent Persons will be authorised to receive and cancel permits to work and carry out maintenance and repair tasks on the HV apparatus.

Authorised Persons can do the above as well as testing for dead and removing and applying earths under a sanction for test.

Senior Authorised Persons can carryout switching operations, isolate and earth apparatus and issue and close out permits to work and sanction for tests. They can also reinstate apparatus and test for dead.

There will be different schemes with slightly different definitions, we also have Designated Persons and Control Persons.

The one thing that will be common across the systems is that the various people filling these roles will be formally authorised by a senior manager within the company for this purpose and will probable have sat formal interview panels and will have going refresher courses.

Kind regards

Donald Lane

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