Temporary power courses announced for 2023
Thursday, 22 December 2022
james-eadeJames Eade is a leading authority on temporary power systems
UK - James Eade, a leading expert on temporary electrical power safety, particularly in event environments, is announcing the availability of his popular electrical safety training courses for 2023.
James, who has trained almost 500 professionals in event, touring, theatre, film and television during 2022 alone, is chairman of the British Standard 7909 committee and author of The IET Practitioner’s Guide to Temporary Power Systems and the IET Code of Practice on In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE), 5th edition.
As a leading authority on temporary power systems, James was commissioned to serve as Head of Energy for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In this role he oversaw all energy-related procurement and management of on-site temporary power systems. The work included some significant innovations in sports events, including the (unheard of) shared power systems between broadcast and other services, plus the extensive use of solar power and battery technologies. Working with Aggreko, he also oversaw the implementation of an efficient load-on-demand generator system which ran on hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Among a range of courses being offered for 2023 are one-day and three-day courses on the new 2023 edition of BS 7909, as well as courses providing important updates on ISITEE (which replaces PAT Testing) and new guidance for generator earthing and bonding.
Courses include the three-day Jet 7909, which covers the vital understanding and application of BS 7909 to temporary event power systems. The course, designed by James with industry backing, has developed a strong reputation in recent years. Theatre operators including LW Theatres and ATG put all relevant staff through it, as do production rental businesses including regular course hosts, Pearce Hire. Another keen advocate is BECTU (The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union), which also regularly host sessions for its members.
Next, Jet 2377 covers the revised 5th edition of the IET Code of Practice on In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) and changes to what was known as ‘PAT testing’ - not least that the term ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ is a thing of the past! The structure includes a basic introduction to electrical theory including the interaction of current, resistance, voltage and power.
Short courses include the new City & Guilds in the Practical Application of Earthing and Protective Bonding, developed to teach the basics of James Eade’s IET Practitioner’s Guide to Temporary Power Systems. Also available, aimed at AV and theatre technicians, rental companies and venues, is a one-day course on how the IET Wiring Regulations and BS 7909 apply to temporary events, why they are relevant and – more importantly – how compliance is not necessarily difficult to achieve!

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