Monday

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Improving Human Performance

2/27/17
9:30AM - 10:15AM
Presenter: D. Ray Crow, DRC Consulting Ltd.
Description:

Abstract - Electrical safety incidents and injuries can be the result of inappropriate work behavior or what is referred to as “unsafe acts.” This occurs even though training and education have been provided on the electrical hazards and the possible consequences. Providing training to people is not enough to motivate them to follow the procedures. When unsupervised, those people who are aware of the hazards may still believe they are qualified to take risks because previous “unsafe acts” have not resulted in an incident. This presentation will provide information on what motivates people to intrinsically follow proper electrical safe procedures. By understanding these principles, human performance can be positively changed and the electrical work practices of personnel can be improved to consistently follow safe work procedures.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Electrical Safety for Contractors (Multi-Employer) Working in Industrial Facilities

2/27/17
10:30AM - 11:15AM
Presenter: Dennis Neitzel, AVO Training Institute, Inc.
Description:

Abstract - Contractors who work on industrial facilities must understand the electrical hazards associate with the work they are performing, along with the requirements of OSHA CPL 2-0.124 Multi-Employer Citation Policy, as well as the specific multi-employer requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910 regulations, and NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace for working on a multi-employer worksite. They must also have knowledge of the electrical safety requirements, procedures, and responsibilities that pertain to their respective job assignments. The OSHA “Information Transfer” and the NFPA 70E “Host and Contract Employer’s Responsibilities” requirements between the contractor and the host employer will be discussed. Additional multi-employer issues will be address that pertain to OSHA 1910.147 “The Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout)” section titled “Outside Personnel (Contractors, etc.)”, as well as the requirements of OSHA 1910.146 “Permit-Required Confined Spaces for General Industry” Section (c)(8) that identifies the requirements for the host employer working with contractors. Also addressed are the requirements for safe work practices, which include the safe approach and working distances to overhead power lines when operating cranes and other boom type equipment or when handling conductive objects, where contact might be made. This section applies to electrical workers as well as non-electrical workers such as crane or equipment operators, riggers, material handlers, and other ground personnel who might be at risk.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Guarded or Unguarded and Why It Makes a Safety Difference

2/27/17
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Presenter: Jim White, Shermco Industries
Description:

Abstract - Many people are vague on the concept of whether equipment is safe to work on, often mistaking a low-risk task as one that is high-risk. This paper looks at how guarded and unguarded equipment comes into play in assessing risk and how it should be handled in the field.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Application of Work Flow Processes in an Electrical Safety Program

2/27/17
2:15PM - 3:00PM
Presenter: Terry Becker, ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions INC.
Description:

Abstract - Energized electrical work tasks are executed following a “Work Flow Process.” A company’s Electrical Safety Program can use this process and a related flow chart to illustrate the steps required to be taken by a Qualified Person to ensure process and documentation requirements are fulfilled before energized electrical work is executed. An example “Work Flow Process” flow chart will be provided and the steps it outlines reviewed as applied from an employer’s Electrical Safety Program and overall Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Human Performance Best Practices in Electrical Safety

2/27/17
3:15PM - 4:00PM
Presenter: Mike Doherty, eHazard
Description:

Abstract - The concept of human performance in electrical safety and how that can be applied in a practical sense in everyday job planning will be discussed. Studies by high risk industries indicate that human error is often the root cause of incidents. This is certainly true in the electrical sector in many cases. Asking why five or six times in regards to the true root cause of any electrical incident is an outstanding way to determine the corrective action plans that need to be implemented to ensure that it never happens again. Annex U, Human Performance and Workplace Electrical Safety, from CSA Z462 - 2015 (Workplace Electrical Safety) will be heavily referenced during this presentation. This Annex was sent as a Public Input (PI) to the NFPA 70E - 2018 process and as such is expected to be a very good candidate for inclusion to that edition.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRACK

Title: Design, Implementation, and Testing of Arc-Flash Mitigation on Low and Medium-Voltage Systems

2/27/17
4:15PM - 5:00PM
Presenter: Christopher Inshaw, Southwest Energy Systems, LLC
Description:

Abstract - Many times the results of Arc-Flash risk assessments determine locations where the calculated incident energies exceed the available personal protective equipment (PPE) or site specific maximum safe working level. In order to safely perform energized work at these locations, mitigation must be put in place to reduce the incident energies to a level where personnel can be protected with the available PPE. Most forms of mitigation use various means to reduce the arcing time, which it typically the only variable that can be changed in a system. This paper will describe some of the options for mitigating incident energies at low and medium voltage equipment from the initial design and analysis, through safe installation, and finally field testing to verify that the mitigation operates correctly per the design.