IMI TechSafe Group grows

Published:  13 July, 2020

The IMI’s TechSafe Sector Advisory Group has expanded.

While training on electric vehicles is not yet regulated by government, employers are liable if untrained employees are injured while working on high-voltage vehicles. As electric and hybrid sales increase, the TechSafe standard is set to drive up confidence within the industry.

The TechSafe Sector Advisory Group, which exists to help drive forward the Electrified Vehicle Professional Standard, is chaired by IMI CEO Steve Nash. The Group is made up of key figures across the motor sector. Its newest member is Autotech Recruit CEO Gavin White.

Officially endorsed by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) the IMI’s TechSafe standard offers vehicle technicians a way to certify their EV competence through IMI accredited training. The standard complies with Electricity at Work regulations, enforced by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Commenting on his new role, Gavin White said: “As electric vehicle sales rise, we are witnessing increasing demand for EV trained vehicle technicians. However, we have a duty of care to ensure our technicians have the necessary skills to work safely on these vehicles. The development of the TechSafe standard is a crucial step forward in the adoption of electric vehicles, and I am delighted to be part of the Sector Advisory Group.”

IMI CEO Steve Nash added: “As a key stakeholder in the automotive recruitment sector, Autotech Recruit has a unique insight into the needs of both employers and technicians. We are, therefore, delighted that Gavin White has accepted our invitation to join the TechSafe Steering Advisory Group. Last year the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) gave its endorsement to TechSafe standards for people working on electrified vehicles and the aim of the Steering Advisory Group is to ensure that TechSafe delivers what the automotive sector needs both now and for the future in respect of safe working practices which, in turn, will give the motoring public confidence in the skills of technicians. We look forward to welcoming Gavin to our next Steering Advisory Group meeting, later this month.”

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