Electrical Safety Channel


9:30 AM–10:15 AM 
Safety Management: Risk Assessments and the Risk Management Process

Speakers: Stephen Hester, Saber Power Services


Since the earliest days of the electrical industry both employers and employees have sought to identify electrical hazards and determine the best way to control them. This resulted in a cookie-cutter approach to electrical safety issues where the presence of a hazard resulted in the employment of uniform procedures. The hazard analysis concept has been formalized into a process used throughout the industry. The problem is that a hazard assessment by itself is not sufficient and may result in the selection of inadequate or incorrect control measures. The inclusion of risk in the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E introduced another way to think about electrical hazard assessments as well as how we should conduct them. There is more to risk management than identifying hazards and choosing personal protective equipment. This paper will discuss the importance of understanding how hazards and risk differ, the importance of properly assessing risk, and the factors that influence our perception of risk.

Keywords: electrical, hazard, risk, risk management, hazard assessment, risk assessment, electrical safety, safe work practices, normalization of deviance, human error, human performance issues


10:30 AM–11:15 AM
How Attitude Can Affect Job Safety

Speakers: Jim White and Jeremy Presnal, Shermco Industries


Details coming soon.

11:30 AM–12:15 PM
Are we Overlooking Hazards? Do We Know How to Respond to an Emergency?

Speakers: Andrew Holt, Premier Power Maintenance Corporation

Details Coming Soon.

2:15 PM–3:00 PM
Changing Codes for a Changing World

Speakers: Kevin Maynard, Potomac Testing, Inc.


This talk will start with the base code process involved with evolution of the NFPA and ICC codes as they relate to the electrical industry.  An emphasis will be placed on the process from inputs to adoption.  Mr. Lyons will present this portion leaning on his experience as a member of National Electrical Manufactures Association and their input into the process from suggestions to serving on various boards that publish the final standards.  The second part of the talk will deal with localized adoption of the standards.  This portion will discuss the various stakeholders that push varying opinions on the localized level where adoption and enforcement of the codes occurs.  The combination of public comment and commercial desires will be discussed in how they have to contend with technical reasoning.  Mr. Maynard will present this portion leaning on his experience as the appointed electrical engineer of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council.

3:15 PM–4:00 PM
Incident Avoidance by Ground Grid Testing

Speakers: Keith Wallace, safearth


Near misses in the world of substations and electrical work are mostly seen as a human performance matters, however in many cases systematic and cost-effective inspection and supervision regimes could have been in place and these would have greatly reduced the likelihood of the incident, by finding latent failures prior to their manifestation with harmful consequences.

This discussion delves into the technical world of what can happen if the ground grid or equipment is not correctly bonded. Working in a deenergized condition with temporary protective grounds installed is addressed. Theoretical calculations are confirmed by real life incidents to answer the question: Are your personnel appropriately safe, and are there simple steps available to improve their safety?


4:15 PM–5:00 PM
A New Approach to Safely Testing Common Circuits in a Substation Environment

Speakers: Tim Walker, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA


Circuit verification has come in different forms. An open CT circuit or a shorted PT circuit are 2 of the basic safety rules that every field personnel must understand and verify before energization. CT and PT circuits will not provide the proper analog signals to a relay if wired incorrectly. Likewise, incomplete AC, DC, Trip and close circuits will not perform the way that the Engineering team designed them to function. Many different methods have been developed over the years to check out these circuits. Some with unsafe practices. This session will focus on a safer more reliable way of testing circuits with lower voltage and current requirements needed for circuit verification. An understanding of this circuit verification method will provide the Field personnel with the tools needed to safely test the many circuits found in a substation environment.