Our 1 day course that is designed for those who require the ability to design and create a Safe System of Work and documents to operate machinery / plant within close proximity to overhead electric power lines in accordance with Health and Safety Guidance Notes GS6 and Energy Networks Association Technical Specifications ENATS 43-8.

The course will set out the criteria delegates will need to consider where access to a place of work may pass under, or the actual work activity, may be below or in close proximity to electric overhead power lines.

By the end of the course delegates will have an understanding of the health and safety requirements regarding their duty of care in providing information, instruction, responsibilities and the obligations of all parties including the local Distribution Network Operator at the design and creation of a Safe System of Work where work is to be carried out in close proximity to overhead electric power lines.

Using a blended approach of onsite practical learning and theory in a classroom environment, our courses place a strong emphasis on safety to ensure candidates develop the right skills to keep everyone safe from the risk of a utility strike.

This course can be delivered at the academy or on site if conditions are suitable.

Course Outline


A morning classroom session identifying:

  • Current policies and practices
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Briefing and discussions regarding the Latest Health and Safety Guidance Notes GS6 4 Edition
  • Briefing and discussions regarding Energy Networks Association Technical Specifications ENATS 43-8
  • Look Out Look Up Document explained


An afternoon session will consist of an on-site group activity that will design and create a Safe System of Work which requires delegates to:

  • Identify various overhead lines and their voltages
  • Use a super rule to measure the heights of the overhead lines
  • Identify other site specific hazards (e.g. underground utilities, stay wires)
  • The control measures required and how to set them out.
  • Collate all the information to create a Safe System of Work document. The afternoon session will also include:
  • Sections of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and relevant Health and Safety Legislation
  • Risk Assessments
  • Audits
  • Responsibilities
  • Consequences (when things go wrong) Throughout the day all the course content is supported by various DVD, photographs and additional course materials. We will always tailor the course to suite the specific needs of companies and the activity they carry out. Upon completion of the course SHOC will offer the following at no further cost:
  • On-going support / Working partnership
  • Dedicated contact details of the trainers for advice and support
  • Free updates provided for the help pack as and when changes occur

On Completion

Upon successful completion and achievement of this course, learners will be awarded the EUSR Overhead powerline awareness competency certificate

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for both new entrants and existing construction and utility sector workers who are carrying out their roles around utilities. This will also benefit managers and supervisors who are required to oversee and/or carry out this type of work.

All attendees are required to provide photographic identification prior to attending the course.

Course Duration

The minimum guided learning hours for a EUSR Overhead Powerline Awareness (GS6) is 1 day.