ECS Gold Card Assessment Exam Revision Notes

by Editor on February 23, 2019

I’ve just passed my ECS Card health and safety exam. So if you’re about to take an assessment, here are some notes to help you in revising for yours.

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JIB Registered Electrician ECS Gold Card.

The 30 minute assessment consists of 45 multiple choice questions.
To pass the assessment you’ll need to answer 38 correctly.
A fee is chargeable to retake the assessment.

You can order an exam revision booklet when you book your ECS health and safety exam. There’s also a free online version.
You’ll find the ECS Revision Guide here- ECS Exam Guide
How To Revise

It would be a good idea to read through the guide from front to back to get a feel for the questions and multiple choice answers.
Most are simply common sense but for some you’ll need to know specific health and safety regulations or requirements.
I’d recommend trying to answer all the questions and highlighting the ones you get wrong and revising them again. You’ll find the answers that I consider less obvious below.

For the electrical part of the exam you’ll need to understand:

  • The nominal Single Phase Voltage in UK- 230 volts
  • The effects of electric current on the body- Burns and Cardiac Arrest
  • The types of socket outlets to be used on construction sites- Yellow for 110v and Blue for 230v
  • Persons working with electricity- To be competent and have adequate knowledge and experience
  • The use of RCDs for additional protection- 30 Milliamps for Earth Fault
  • Safe Isolation procedures- Obtain a Permit To Work and Locking Off
  • Only working ‘Live’- In exceptional circumstances
  • Safe working with optical fibres- Can pierce eyes or skin and beam can damage eyes

Top Tip: Beware the wording of questions. Take time to read each one slowly as you could be caught out. For example by missing the word “not” in the question you’d choose the wrong answer (as I did!). 

Revision Notes

Here are some key points that I made when revising for my exam.
Focusing on words in CAPITALS will give you a good head start in learning the less obvious answers:

General Health and Safety

  • Risks and Hazards are NOT the same- A risk reflects the chance of being harmed by a hazard
  • PPE should be used as the LAST RESORT to maintain safety
  • Prosecution Fines- Can be UNLIMITED and 2 YEARS PRISON
  • CDM- CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
  • A Prohibition Notice orders- all the covered work to CEASE until the danger is removed
  • A Health and Safety Inspector can visit at ANY TIME
  • Health and Safety responsibility rests with THE EMPLOYER
  • Employers must inform employees using Health and Safety POSTERS and giving them LEAFLETS
  • A Health and Safety Policy must be issued when employing FIVE PEOPLE OR MORE
  • Who must sign the Company Safety Policy? The most SENIOR manager

Signs

  • Yellow and black, Triangular- WARNING
  • Blue and White- MUST DO
  • Green and White- SAFETY, FIRE, 1st AID, SAFE CONDITION
  • Red Circular- DO NOT
  • Red, Black and White- PROHIBITED

Manual Handling

  • If in doubt ADVISE YOUR SUPERVISOR
  • Moving a load by PUSHING is preferable to pulling
  • There is NO STRICT WEIGHT LIMIT an individual can lift
  • The recommended limit for elbow height compact load lifting, carrying and lowering is 25KG
  • Lifting capacity of a 2 person team is TWO THIRDS the sum of their individual capacities
  • Lifting in the most safe and efficient way is called KINETIC LIFTING

RIDDOR – Reporting

  • Must report collapse of scaffold over FIVE METRES high
  • Report bone fractures BUT NOT DIGITS (fingers and toes)
  • Report of over SEVEN DAYS of incapacity (unable to work)
  • Report any serious injury WITHOUT DELAY
  • Accident book must be completed by the INJURED PERSON
  • Accident book requires- LOCATION, NAME, ADDRESS AND OCCUPATION
  • 1st Aid Box- NO DRUGS ALLOWED

PPE

  • PPE should be used as the LAST RESORT to maintain safety (after any other actions)
  • Your employer CANNOT CHARGE YOU for your PPE
  • A safety helmet must be worn on site AT ALL TIMES but a Bump Cap may be worn if there is NO FORESEEABLE RISK OF FALLING OBJECTS

Health and Hygene

  • Noise Level Limits- LOWER LIMIT 80dB, UPPER LIMIT 85dB
  • RATS can carry Weil’s disease- RAT’S URINE IN SOIL

Fire and Emergency

  • Extinguisher Colours:
  • Black- CO2 for ELECTRICAL fires
  • Blue- DRY POWDER for ELECTRICAL fires
  • Red- WATER for NON-ELECTRICAL fires

Work At Height

  • Working at height causes HALF OF ALL DEATHS of construction site workers. Up to 70 PER YEAR
  • Ladder angle ratio- 1 OUT to 4 UP
  • Best way of securing a ladder- TYING BOTH SIDES TO A SUITABLE POINT
  • Aluminium Ladder can be corroded by LIME CEMENT
  • Painting Ladders MAY COVER UP DAMAGED PARTS
  • Working on roofs- COVER FRAGILE PANELS AND SECURE
  • To move a tower- Reduce it to 4 METRES in height
  • Platform Rail Guard Height- 950mm MINIMUM
  • Scaffold tower / platform must be inspected every 7 DAYS

Work Equipment 

  • Using portable hand lamps in confined or damp conditions- 50 VOLTS
  • Using extension cable on reel- Don’t exceed the REELED OR UNREELED rating as appropriate

Electrical

  • Construction Site Electrical Inspections should be – Every 3 MONTHS
  • Permit To Work is for safe isolation NOT FOR LIVE WORK
  • Deciding whether to work Live you must  CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT
  • General Construction Site tools and hand lamp must be 110 VOLT
  • Any Damp Condition tools should be 50 VOLT
  • Non-fatal shock voltage in dry conditions is 50 VOLTS
  • The EAW covers working at ALL VOLTAGES
  • The reason for COSH is to protect yourself and others.

I hope this helps you prepare for your ECS Card Assessment Exam

All the best – Steve

 

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