Monday

Electrical Safety Track

Title: Root Cause Analysis for Electrical Safety

2/26/18
9:30AM - 10:15AM
Presenter: Dennis Neitzel, AVO Training Institute, Inc.
Description:

The electrical safety inspection program should also include a Root Cause Analysis of the deficiencies identified during the inspection. A root cause analysis is a systematic approach for identifying the underlying causes of why an incident or accident occurred so that the most effective solutions can be identified and implemented. Within any industrial or commercial organization problem solving, incident investigation, and root cause analysis are all fundamentally connected by three basic questions:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Why did it happen?
  3. What will be done to prevent it in the future?

A root cause analysis is essentially a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of incidents, faults, or problems. Hazards identified during an inspection, recommended changes or corrections in processes, and safe work practices and procedures should be analyzed to help prevent a reoccurrence. Any deficiencies identified in the inspection, along with lessons learned, should be communicated to all potentially affected personnel in the organization that may benefit from the information.

Electrical Safety Track

Title: Identifying Residual Risk from Electrical Hazards: Avoiding Pitfalls to Achieve Risk ALARP

2/26/18
10:30AM - 11:15AM
Presenter: H. Landis Floyd, Electrical Safety Group, Inc.
Description:

This paper discusses 3 topics in safety risk management: Risk Assessment, Residual Risk and achieving risk As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). Although widely used for more than 70 years in reducing likelihood of mishaps with extraordinary catastrophic consequences, risk management was emphasized in the 2015 revision to NFPA70E in the 2012 revision. In this revision, Annex F was revised and retitled, "Risk Assessment Procedure". Practitioners in electrical safety may be new in applying tools and methodologies essential to effective risk management. This paper will discuss techniques to avoid two pitfalls in applying risk assessment methodologies: 1) overestimating effectiveness of applied risk control measure, and 2) underestimating residual risk.

Electrical Safety Track

Title: Safety Tips for Qualified Persons

2/26/18
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Presenter: Jim White, Shermco Industries
Description:

Although electrical workers have become better educated about work involving electrical hazards, there's still a lot that can be learned. This paper discusses several areas that continue to cause safety issues and injuries, and look at practical ways to avoid hazards associated with performing electrical work.

Electrical Safety Track

Title: Risk Assessment in the Design Phase

2/26/18
2:15PM - 3:00PM
Presenter: Mike Doherty, eHazard
Description:

A practical, interactive and engaging session in regards to the execution of electrical task planning with electrical safety as the main component. Risk assessment procedure as described in NFPA 70E-18 and CSA Z462-18 will be used to obtain an output of "Residual Risk" before any electrical work begins. Residual Risk is the risk remaining after a hierarchy of methods has been implemented by competent and qualified people. Designing safe electrical work into a comprehensive documented plan is a critical skill set for any business unit wishing to keep their crews safe and to maximize efficient and on time schedules.

Electrical Safety Track

Title: A Program Within a Program

2/26/18
3:15PM - 4:00PM
Presenter: Terry Becker, ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions INC.
Description:

OSHA Regulations in the USA and OH&S Regulations in Canada require that Personal Protective Equipment be provided to employees/workers. An employer after identifying hazards in the workplace, shall implement appropriate "controls" to mitigate exposure or reduce risk. The NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 Standards provide the "tools" for determining arc flash and shock PPE related to an authorized, energized electrical work task assigned to a Qualified Electrical Worker. A key element of the required Risk Assessment Procedure is the mitigation or reduction of severity/harm related to the potential exposure of arc flash or shock hazards. NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 also provide information on Electrical Specific PPE, Tools & Equipment, but that information is not presented in a "Management System" context. An employer's Electrical Safety Program needs to include detailed and comprehensive content and reference information on Electrical Specific PPE, Tools & Equipment. The content included in an Electrical Safety Program is "A Program Within a Program!" This paper and presentation will highlight and discuss the details of this "Program Within a Program."

Electrical Safety Track

Title: Implementation of Human Performance Initiative: A Lessons-Learned Case Study

2/26/18
4:15PM - 5:00PM
Presenter: Rorry Phillips, Shermco Industries
Description:

Focusing on human performance can be very beneficial to electrical service organizations. Not only is there benefit in safety-related activities, but an overall reduction in problematic issues can be achieved, both production and safety related. This presentation will looked at current trends in human performance training and implementation, discuss what worked well and what challenges presented themselves.