Start up and close down electrical generators
This standard is about having a basic awareness of electrical generators and being able to carry out the basic task of starting up a generator.
This standard is also about carrying out other simple tasks on the electrical generator either under the direct supervision of or as directed by the main generator operator.
This standard covers the knowledge and use of electrical standards and codes of practice with codes BS7671 and BS7909.
This standard is for those working as Lighting Technicians and Gaffers.
You must be able to:
- confirm the generator is safely positioned
- level the generator when it is necessary to do so
- carry out pre-start tests on the cable distribution system with regard to polarity and earthing in accordance with the latest edition of the relevant electrical safety standards and approved codes of practice
- start the generator and ensure the controls and systems function according to manufacturer's instructions, prior to electrical energisation
- monitor the generator throughout its use in terms of its functioning, balance, loading, fuel and fluid levels
- recognize at the earliest stage when a generator is showing signs of faults i.e. pulsing, strain, smoking
- follow the relevant safety procedures to shut down the generator safely and efficiently
- monitor all users of the generators for loading and safe practices
- ensure all tools and equipment are secure and safe for their continued operation
Knowledge and Understanding
You need to know and understand:
health and safety legislation, electrical safety standards and approved codes of practice relating to the operation of the generators
how to start up, monitor while its running and close down the generator
the importance of monitoring for potential hazards
- the importance of operating the generator in a level position and checking the generator fluid levels on a daily basis
- the maximum loading of sub circuits and distribution boxes
- how to identify and rectify hazards relevant to cable routing
- how to check the correct functioning of all power distribution equipment in use
- the environmental legislation affecting the use and storage of generators
- the importance of monitoring all users of the generator
- the importance of ensuring all tools and equipment are secure and safe for continued use