National Grid has been a participant in the Energy & Utility Skills (EUS) Referencing Scheme since the 1st May 2012. The Scheme is designed to improve the safe operation of Gas Distribution Networks and will affect all of our people within UK Gas Distribution who are registered with the EUSR.
It will enable a reference to be obtained from another Gas Transporter (GT) for any operative that is seeking work on an upstream gas distribution network. This scheme will mean that operatives that have previously left a GT Network, after being proved a danger to the public, themselves or colleagues, are only given permission to work in other Gas Distribution Networks if their competency has been confirmed.
The Scheme has been set up by a number of GTs, after consultation with Union representatives and the Information Commissioner's Office.
Further information on the Scheme is set out below including:
If you wish to find out further information regarding the Scheme, then please visit the EUSR website
a) This Scheme utilises the existing Energy and Utility Skills Limited ("EUS") register, to flag where an individual’s competency had been found not to be to the required standard. This Flag held on a separate part of the EUSR accessible only to a small number of people pre-authorised by the GT.
b) If after incident, an individual is dismissed by a GT, leaves the network or is removed from a technical role, then a hearing will be held by an appointed GT’s senior manager. The hearing will determine if the individual’s actions fell far below the required technical standard. If so, then a ‘Flag’ will be placed against the individual’s EUS registration but can be appealed.
c) When a person applies to work on a network, their consent will be sought to search the EUS register for a Flag. The existence of a Flag is not a ban on working on a network. A GT could consent to a person working on its network, for example, subject to them undertaking training, in which case the Flag will be removed.
d) The only people permitted by a GT to access the Register will be pre-authorised by the GT including a senior manager (to put on, modify or remove a Flag), a person involved in the recruiting of workers on the Network and the GT's Scheme Administrator.
e) An individual can apply for the Finding to be reviewed (if, for example, they have since undergone further training). In any event, a Flag is removed from the register after 10 years.
f) The individual will be engaged in the process and made aware if a Flag has been placed, and given access to view any Flag and reference.Grounds for creating a ‘Reference’
The appointed GT’s senior manager will determine if a flag is to be placed on the grounds listed below.
a) A failure to comply with National Grid Gas’ specified standards which could lead to death, major injury , or a major loss of supply and which culminated in termination of employment via disciplinary action or had the potential to do so.
b) Acts or omissions far below the standard of the reasonably competent gas engineer.
In respect of a) and b) above, an individual can have a Reference Indicator placed against their EUSR registration for committing a failure which had they been an employee of a GT, would have resulted in a referral.
The list of specified standards referred to above is set out below
Specified Standards – The applicable National Grid Gas standards under the Scheme
NGUK/PM/EM/71 National Grid Gas Management procedure for dealing with gas escapes and other emergenciesNGUK/PM/INV/1 Management Procedure for Incident Reporting and InvestigationT/PM/ASB/1 Management procedure for undertaking work on asbestos mainsT/PM/DIS/3.6 Procedure for Lifting OperationsT/PM/DIS/4.2 Code of practice for distribution – Excavations – Permanent and temporary anchorage for mains and large servicesT/PM/DP/1 Management Procedure For The Prevention Of Damage To National Grid Gas's <7bar T/PM/DR/4 Management Procedure for Asset Records Error Management Part 1 below 7bar Pipes and Associated PlantT/PM/ECP/2 Management Procedure for Corrosion Control of Buried Steel SystemsT/PM/EL/6 Management Procedure for Working on or Near Electrical Systems and Equipment at Gas Operational SitesT/PM/G/17 Management Procedure for the Management of New Works, Modifications and Repairs.T/PM/G/19 Management Procedure for Application of Model Design AppraisalsT/PM/MSL/1 Management Procedure for Mains and Service LayingT/PM/REP/2 Management Procedure for Distribution Pipe ReplacementT/PM/SCO/1 Management Procedure for the Safe Control of OperationsT/PM/SCO/2 Management Procedure for Issue of Permits to Work and Forms of Authority on the NetworkT/PM/SCO/3 Management Procedure for Issue of Permits to Work and Forms of Authority on Compressors and TerminalsT/PM/SCO/4 Management Procedure for the Control of Non Routine Gas Supply OperationsT/PM/SCO/5 Management Procedure for the Control of Routine Gas Supply OperationsT/PM/TMP/3 Management Procedure for the Installation, Exchange, Relocation or Removal of Low Pressure Gas Meters Not Exceeding 6 m3/h.T/PM/TMP/11 Management Procedure for Installation of MP Metering Installations for Flows not Exceeding 6 m³/h Using an ApprovedSingle- Stage Regulator (to T/SP/PRS/28) With Inlet Pressures Between 75 mbar and 2 barT/PM/TMP/12 Management Procedure For Installation Of MP Metering Installations For Flows Not Exceeding 6 m³/h Using An Approved Two-Stage Regulator (To PRS29) With Inlet Pressures Between 350 Mbar And 2 BarT/PM/SSW/2 Management Procedure For Safe Working And Development In The Vicinity Of National Grid Gas Pipelines And Associated Installations – Requirements For National Grid
NGUK/PR/EM/72 National Grid Gas Operational procedures for dealing with gas escapes and other emergenciesNGUK/PR/EM/74 Work Procedures for Locating and Repairing Gas Escapes on the Network Operating at Pressure not exceeding 7barT/PR/ASB/2 Work procedure for undertaking work on asbestos mainsT/PR/DP/2 The Investigation of Unidentified Exposed PipesT/PR/EM/74 T/PR/ML/1 Edition 1 Work Procedure For Pipe System Construction - Module 1 - General RequirementsT/PR/ML/2 Edition 2 Work Procedure For Pipe System Construction - Module 2 - PE Main Laying up to and including 180mm diameter at pressures up to and including 2 barT/PR/ML/3 Edition 2 Work Procedure For Pipe System Construction - Module 3 - PE Main Laying up to and including 355 mm at pressures up to and including 2 barT/PR/ML/4 Edition 2 Work Procedure For Pipe System Construction - Module 4 - PE Main Laying up to and including 630mm diameter atpressures up to and including 2 barT/PR/ML/6.1 Work Procedure for IRIS Stop OperationsT/PR/SER/7 Work Procedure For Live Transfer Of Low Pressure Internal Riser SystemsT/PR/SL/1 Work procedure for service laying up to and including 63mm diameter at pressures up to and including 2 barT/PR/SL/2 Work Procedure For Low Pressure Riser Installations to Multi-Dwelling Buildings up to and Including 150mm (6")Nominal Diameter PE and Steel PipeT/PR/SSW/2 Work Procedure For Safe Working And Development In The Vicinity Of National Grid GasT/PR/SW/1 Work Procedure for ExcavationsT/PR/TE/A1.1 Work Procedure for Angle Grinders (Hand Held Disc Cutters)T/PR/TE/C3.1 Work Procedure For Use Of Vibro tampersT/PR/TE/E1.2 Work Procedure for use of Electric DrillsT/PR/TE/E1.3 Work Procedure for Portable Isolating Transformers and Extension LeadsT/PR/TE/H1.1 Work Procedure for cap and plug exchange tool (CAPEX)T/PR/TE/H1.2 Work Procedure For The Use Of Impact Searcher BarsT/PR/TE/P1.2 Work Procedure For The Stargland SystemT/PR/TE/P4.2 Work Procedure For The Use Of Pneumatic Rock DrillsT/PR/TE/P4.3 Work Procedure for Use of Pneumatic Service Pipe CleanerT/PR/TE/P4.4 Work Procedure for Use of Pneumatic HacksawT/PR/TE/P6.2 Work Procedure for the use of mini-excavators & trailersT/PR/TE/R1.1 Work Procedure for the use of Footway boards, Ramps & Road PlatesT/PR/TE/R2.1 Work Procedure for the Use of Road & Pavement Saws
How is an individual's personal information protected?
Anyone who is authorised to access a Flag will be required to sign an agreement that makes clear that they will comply with the Rules of the Scheme, and only use the Flag in accordance with those Rules. EUS, who will operate the Scheme for the GTs, has entered into an Agreement with the GTs that they can only use the information to operate the Scheme in accordance with the Rules, and sets out security measures they must take to keep the information secure.