Inspect plant and apparatus in the power utilities environment

Business Sectors (Suites): Electricity Power Utilities,Electricity Smart Metering,Gas Networks Engineering Management,Smart Metering
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 27 Feb 2017


This standard covers inspecting plant and apparatus in the power utilities environment. This includes preparing and undertaking the work. 

To meet this standard you will be able to:

  • follow the processes and procedures to complete work in line with the organisational quality assurance and operating specifications
  • work safely using appropriate tools and equipment
  • inspect plant and apparatus making sure it meets operational requirements

You will demonstrate a safety conscious approach to the control of hazards associated with the activity whilst working and communicating effectively with other team members to achieve tasks. 

This standard is suitable for a crafts person or technician working independently in the power utilities environment, taking personal responsibility for their own actions and for the quality and accuracy of the work carried out.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Plan to inspect plant and apparatus
1. identify the plant and apparatus to be worked on using available information
2. carry out  a site specific risk assessment of the work, identifying hazards and the required control measures
3. identify the tasks and their sequence needed to complete the work activity
4. inform parties directly and indirectly responsible for completing the work activity of the work plan
5. plan and carry out all work in line with organisational policy and work procedures

Prepare to inspect plant and apparatus
6. carry out a pre-use inspection of the tools and equipment to be used, checking condition and service information in accordance with organisational procedures
7. select, inspect and wear relevant personal protective equipment for completing work activities in line with organisational procedures 
8. apply and follow control measures necessary to meet safety requirements for the work activity

Inspect plant and apparatus
9. inspect plant and apparatus in accordance with equipment specification, inspection procedures and work instructions
10. record defects and determine variations in the performance of the plant and apparatus against its operating specification
11. work safely at all times, complying with health and safety, environmental and other relevant regulations, directives and guidelines

Restore and reinstate work location
12. store tools and equipment safely and securely, leaving the work area in a safe condition in accordance with organisational procedures
13. dispose of waste materials in line with legislative and organisational procedures, where appropriate
14. report unavailable or defective tools, equipment and resources, where appropriate
15. record and report results of the inspection in accordance with organisational procedures
16. report problems outside role responsibility to designated personnel in line with organisational procedures, where appropriate

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

1. the principles of health and safety in the workplace, environmental legislation and relevant regulations in relation to the work to be carried out
2. the organisations reporting lines, authorisation roles and responsibilities
3. the organisational safety rules, policies and procedures in relation to inspecting plant and apparatus in the electricity power utilities environment

Work area
4. the organisational procedures and processes for reporting problems with tools and equipment
5. how to read and interpret the procedures and information sources used to make sure that tools and equipment are fit for purpose and safe to use
6. the processes and procedures to be followed for inspecting and preparing tools and equipment prior to use    
7. how to select, inspect and use personal protective equipment        
8. what materials and substances are dangerous and hazardous to health
9. how to respond to the different types and categories of emergency situations that might occur
10. how to maintain safe working and environmental practices throughout the duration of the work minimising the risks to self and others
11. how to carry out a site risk assessment, identify hazards and assess risks of the site and proposed activity
12. what inspection processes and equipment to follow and use for a specific and given purpose
13. how read and analyse inspection data, interpret and record findings
14. how to update, report and record information in accordance with organisational procedures
15. the company work instructions, information and reporting systems and documentation
16. how to recognise and report inaccurate and incorrect work instructions and documentation 
17. how to leave the site secure and the importance of doing so
18. how to handle and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials 


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

27 Feb 2021





Originating Organisation

Energy and Utility Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Engineering Installation Engineer, Engineering Professionals, Engineering Technicians, Gas Team Leaders, Craftspersons and Technicians, Gas Engineer

SOC Code


inspect, plant, carry out checks, record defects, power, gas