Electrical Safety Awareness Training - Completed it
Electrical Safety Awareness Training
As this is the first year SHU Racing are developing an electric vehicle, it is critical that all team members are aware of the hazards associated with EV development in design, testing and operation. It is also crucial that the hazards are mitigated using the appropriate methods, tools and processes. To prepare the team, SHU Racing Development attended an Electrical Safety Awareness course, a joint presentation between the IMechE and Hypermotive.
The first step to keeping safe is identifying the shock and thermal hazards. These hazards can range from low voltage electric shock, third degree skin burns, as well as more serious injuries. Electrical systems can be made safe during the design phase of the project, where the manufacturing, servicing and general use of the vehicle must be considered. Some designs, such as high voltage interlocks are required in the FSUK rules and regulations, but additional steps such as avoiding exposed conductive areas and designing out ‘live working’ would further improve the safety when working on the vehicle.
Mitigating risks is not only achieved by design, but human behaviour. Achieving a culture where safety is put first by all, where stopping and assessing the risks is more important than getting the job done quickly, where issues are investigated instead of being neglected.
While risks are already being mitigated in the design stage, the next steps for SHU Racing Development are to evaluate the manual working risks ready for when the team is ready to begin the manufacturing and assembly of the electric powertrain system.
Meet the Team
Meet the Team is an opportunity for us to give you a chance to learn a little more about the people who make up SHU Racing. This week, we welcome a member of our development team, Jamie Stephens.
Name: Jamie Stephens
Course: BSc Product Design
Role: Member of SHU Racing Development
Number of years with the Team: 2
Hobbies and Interests: Photography, Sketching, Coffee and Extreme E
Favourite Car: Jaguar E-type Reborn
Dream Job: Automotive Designer
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: I joined to expand my technical knowledge of engineering and design, and the world of formula student excited me and I hoped it would challenge my skills in a new way.