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Handling hybrids and EVs safely

Hybrid vehicle
Hybrids and electric vehicles are now more commonplace and could kill or seriously insure your staf if they don't know what they're doing.
Recently, the Bristol branch of the Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors enjoyed a presentation given by Andy Latham, MD of Salvagewire and head of recycling network for RecoAuto, on the on the safe handling of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles.

We have previously covered Andy’s accredited course for hybrid and EV handling (you can see it here) and auto recyclers from the area were invited to this presentation. The safe handling of hybrid and electric vehicles is an importnat sfety concern for us all and Andy’s presentation first looked at how to identify such vehicles, a hybrid or full electric, recognizing the major high voltage systems, components and wiring.

Andy stressed the importance of the personal safety equipment required, safe isolation and discharge of electrical systems which commonly run at 220volts and 800amps, enough to cause serious injury or death. Another important risk area to be aware of was stressed; those components with high magnetism.

It was interesting to see and understand the processes and procedures for safely shutting down and isolating the electrical systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. In some cases it was a very simple method requiring no more than four tasks; however it was a much more complex route with other vehicles requiring considerable skill and product knowledge.

Andy also gave a live demonstration of the information available on-line, indicating how various systems can be made safe once the particular vehicle had been identified. The data was very comprehensive and of interest to everybody attending the meeting.

RecoAuto are the sponsors for the Skills Lab at CARS 2016. You can visit Andy on the RecoAuto stand to find out more about this topic. He regularly runs courses for auto recyclers so if you need your staff trained, give him a call on 07710 877411 or email him here.

May 2016

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