Version: 1.0 01/04/2017


This standard introduces trainees to the hazards and potential risks involved with underground structures and to comply with health and safety legislation. This course will test delegates’ knowledge of the safety precautions required while working in underground structures, including street works and road works guarding. The target audience is aimed at those working on the telecoms network including suppliers and contractors.

Performance Objectives

  • Determine the work location using company documentation and work instructions
  • Conduct systems checks in accordance with operation
  • Plan and carry out work in line with company policy and work procedures
  • Inspect and prepare tools and equipment to complete work activity in accordance work instructions and equipment specifications
  • Select and wear required personal protective equipment to complete work activities in accordance with health and safety regulations
  • Use cable avoidance tools and equipment to locate buried apparatus and services in accordance with work instructions and equipment specifications
  • Record position of buried apparatus and services on utility plans and documentation in accordance with work instructions and documentation
  • Read and interpret company work instructions and supporting documentation
  • Check that the planned provision of footways, traffic lanes and safety zones determined by the site survey meets with the requirements of the site location and approved procedures and practices
  • Carry out an on-site risk assessment to ensure that a safe system of working is in place in respect of signing, lighting and guarding and to ensure that provision is made to control any types of hazards identified

Learning Outcomes

  • Know health and safety and environmental legislation
  • Be able to carry out location and avoidance of installed underground services
  • Be able to carry out safe operation of road works guarding
  • Be able to undertake gas and water tests using testing equipment
  • Be able to carry out onsite risk assessment
  • Be able to read and correctly interpret site plans