Monday Schedule

10 Most Important Changes to the 2018 NFPA 70E

9:30AM - 10:15AM

Presenter: Jim White, Shermco Industries

Supervisors and technicians look at the NFPA 70E often, but do they really understand what they are looking at? It can be open to misinterpretation, not because it was intended, but getting the language correct can be difficult. This seminar is presented by NETA’s principle representative to the 70E committee and will cover 10 changes people must be aware of.


Electrical Safety Program Principles – Do You Have Them in Your ESP?

10:30AM - 11:15AM

Presenter: Terry Becker, P. Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member, TW Becker Electrical Safety Consulting

NFPA 70E Article 110.1 and CSA Z462 Clause 4.1.5 require an employer to have an implemented and documented Electrical Safety Program that directs activity appropriate to the risk associated with electrical hazards. Specific content is noted includes identifying the "Principles" on which the ESP is based. Do you have these "Principles" documented in your implemented and documented Electrical Safety Program? A company's Electrical Safety Program should include detailed content aligned with Occupational Health & Safety Management System Standards (OHSMS) such as ANSI Z10 for the USA and CSA Z1000 for Canada. The "Framework" or "Table of Contents" shall include specific content to be a complete OHSMS and align with the requirements of your Company's overall OHSMS.

Have you reviewed the required "Principles" that NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 recommend? Do you have this information in your Electrical Safety Program? Besides these "Principles" do you have associated "Controls" and "Procedures?" This presentation will provide a review of a specific set of "Principles" which you can audit against your Company's Electrical Safety Program.


Changing the Electrical Safety Culture

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Presenter: Daryld Ray Crow, DRC Consulting Ltd.

To change the existing electrical safety culture new ideas need to be developed to cause higher performance in electrical safety for all people exposed to electrical hazards. Human performance is based on a combination of knowledge, skills, and learned behaviors. Beliefs can be influenced through observations and interactions with other professionals. The value of quality mentorship carries a high degree of responsibility to ensure proper safety practices are followed.


A fundamental argument in this paper is that culture represents the sum total of what is commonly acceptable without examination. The culture is also driven by everyday observation and experience. In order to change the culture there must be a redefinition of what is acceptable, followed by visible changes that everyone can experience and observe. Management owns culture because it sets what is tolerable and acceptable. Therefore, the future of electrical safety will depend on how well management understands the risk and consequences of electrical work and their responsibility in shaping and owning electrical safety policies and practices.

Key elements addressed in this paper include human performance, technology changes, implementing new ideas to improve safety and how personnel changes within a corporation can affect safety performance.


10 Most Common Errors in Arc Flash Analysis

2:15PM - 3:00PM

Presenter: Jim Chastain, EasyPower LLC

In this presentation, Jim Chastain describes how to identify and correct the top 10 errors encountered by electrical engineering professionals during the initial stages of an arc flash study. This is a helpful review for seasoned veterans of study calculations. It is also excellent for anyone who is just starting to conduct studies either in-house or as a consultant. The list of errors includes starting out with the wrong system size, the problems with using infinite utility data, the issues with incorrect working distances, the improper application of the 2-second rule, and many others.


A Reliable Plant is a Safe Plant

4:15PM - 5:00PM

Presenter – Alan Ross, SD Myers

The number of deaths of maintenance (and testing) workers in the US is almost 10 times greater than the number of deaths of First responders like police and firefighters, based on OSHA data.

This presentation will look at safety from the perspective of maintenance and reliability, and the NETA professional is someone who is in the high-risk category especially when it comes to electrical system testing. Alan will present several examples of how reliability principles and practices, when applied correctly, can lead to a significant increase in safety. Vice versa, poor reliability practices can lead to much more unsafe conditions. Just one example: A recent updated NFPA 70E regulation on arc flash and blast have brought conflicting and often confusing information on when it is safe to test cabinet transformers, leading one company to decide that they should never be chemically or electrically tested under any conditions. We’ll present a better way to test and maintain the units while increasing the safety of staff, along with several additional cases where testing, maintenance and reliability have all led to a safer facility.

Additionally, Alan was in Washing ton DC, where the Society of Maintenance & reliability Professionals was just announced as a new OSHA Alliance Partner, a significant event for both organizations, and he will present the Strategic Initiatives of that Alliance which is the beginning of the integration of reliability and maintenance best practices and Body of Knowledge (BoK), are being re-examined from an OSHA mindset. NETA can play a role in that partnership as we understand how safety and reliability can and must work hand in hand.

Most employees at production facilities, when asked, "who is responsible for safety?" answer, "everyone"."

Ask, "who is responsible for reliability?" and the answer might be, maintenance, E&I, engineering, right? We need the answer to be "everyone!".

A reliable plant is a safe plant and a safe plant should be a reliable one.


 Importance of Risk Assessment and Risk Control Hierarchy in Electrical Safety Programs: NFPA 70E Topic

3:15PM - 4:00PM

Presenter: Bhanu Srilla, Grace Engineered Products

Risk reduction is the foundation of a profound electrical safety program. Electrical safety is all about minimizing risks to acceptable levels that protects both workers and employers from devastating effects of electrical shock and arc-flash hazards. Electrical safety is only achieved when the equipment design, safety controls, policies and procedures all come together in harmony when a task is performed by the worker. No piece of equipment, device, or a safety policy by itself can make a system absolute safe. It is imperative that employers thoroughly understand, identify, analyze, and evaluate the risks their workers' are exposed to while performing their tasks and implement robust risk control techniques and procedures in place to protect their workforce.

Recent changes to NFPA 70E, 2018 standard puts more emphasis in risk assessment area by introducing risk control hierarchy to the standards section and further added human factors, such as human error to the risk assessment. This webinar will focus on the basic principles of risk management, hierarchy of risk controls, hazard based and task based risk assessment methods. Additional topics of discussion will include changes to NFPA 70E on risk assessment, guidance and sample job hazard analysis examples with risk quantification calculations in mechanical and electrical lockout/tagout tasks.


Learning objectives:

Understand why risk assessment is critical to electrical safety

Understand six process elements to risk management

How to identify, analyze and evaluate task risks

Understand risk control hierarchy methods such as elimination, substitution, engineering controls, awareness, administrative controls and PPE

Significance of NFPA 70E 2018 changes related to risk assessment and hierarchy of controls