Arc Flash & High Voltage Safety for Operators - 2 day program
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This customized two-day program was designed, and is taught, by senior electrical professionals, each with over 40 years experience on electrical systems from 2300V to 500kV. It is taught regularly to operators responsible for medium voltage systems from 480V to 15kV.

It combines in-depth exploration of the Workplace Electrical Safety standard, CSA Z462-12 and practical workshops assessing and mitigating hazards for anyone operating low and medium voltage systems.

This program is taught by certified electrical professionals with decades of field experience and solid credentials as professional adult learning instructors and includes professionally designed slides, videos and extensive use of case studies. It examines the electrical hazards found in industry and stresses the importance of the individual employee proactively recognizing hazards and applying safe work practices with the goal of zero incidents.

Who should attend: Operators, other non-electrical personnel and their managers

You will be able to: Safely operate low and medium voltage electrical equipment

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  • Forrest Mann, Pic Morbert Hydro Inc
    “Very knowledgeable, well presented, and amazing. Thanks.”
  • Doug Rolling, Anderson Exploration
    "Our instructor is a very experienced man. He was able to reinforce topics by relating them to personal experience. We went through a lot of information in two days and the work on grounding is invaluable.
  • Joseph te Bulte, Canfor
    "The course content was weighty but processable with the instructor very knowledgeable, relaxed and prepared. Overall very worthwhile and informative; a must for electrical workers."
  • Kevin Wolfe, Kramer Ltd.
    "Excellent! A fantastic course and the instructor had genuine concern for our safe working practices. This is a must. I would highly recommend it."
  • Larry Kamo, Provincial Papers
    "This is a good opportunity to refresh your safety training, see what's new and interact with other electrical personnel. It was interesting to hear the ideas and opinions of other participants

Course topics

I. ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS

Objective: Realize the damage electricity can cause to the human body and understand the basic principles of safety in normal and abnormal conditions.

II. UNDERSTAND ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Objective: Form a working and practical knowledge of electrical theory and it's applications to electrical circuits

III. UNDERSTAND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Objective: Form a working and practical knowledge of electrical theory and it's applications to electrical components.

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I. ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS

Objective: Realize the damage electricity can cause to the human body and understand the basic principles of safety in normal and abnormal conditions.

  • Electrical Faults
  • Electrical Accidents

II. UNDERSTAND ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Objective: Form a working and practical knowledge of electrical theory and it's applications to electrical circuits

  • Measure Power
  • Measure Current
  • Measure Voltage

III. UNDERSTAND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Objective: Form a working and practical knowledge of electrical theory and it's applications to electrical components.

  • Evaluate conductors
  • Evaluate circuit resistance
  • Evaluate insulation

IV. APPLY ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS

Objective: Learn the properties of electrical current and voltage by learning and applying and thus proving the basic laws of electricity.

  • Apply Ohm's Law
  • Apply Watt's Law
  • Evaluate DC systems
  • Evaluate AC systems

V. IDENTIFY ELECTRICAL FAULTS

Objective: Learn to use a systematic troubleshooting approach to electrical system problems.

  • Identify circuit problems
  • Identify system problems
  • Identify operating problems
  • Identify maintenance problems

VI. RECOGNIZING HAZARDS

Objective: Learn to recognise all energy sources and hazards created by various electrical equipment and devices.

  • Insulation
  • Cables
  • Power Transformers
  • Instrument Transformers
  • Fault Currents
  • Disconnects
  • Switchgear
  • Breakers
  • Fuses
  • Relays
  • Starters
  • Motors
  • Capacitors
  • Emergency Systems

VII. CSA Z462

Objective: Understand how to relate and apply the Arc Flash mitigation guidelines as set out by the Canadian Standards Association.

  • Limits of approach for electrical shock and flash hazards
  • Arc flash parameters
  • Determine curable burn distance during a short circuit
  • Determine energy released during a short circuit
  • Techniques for reducing arc flash energy
  • Selection of proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Review the three types of electrical hazards: electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast
  • Describe conditions required for each to occur
  • Describe procedures to reduce these hazards
  • Describe the impact of voltage,amperage and time on the level of electrocution and flash hazard
  • Describe fault current available
  • Review calculation methods for a supply transformer
  • Describe the impact of fault current on the level of electrical hazard

VIII. SAFETY DOCUMENTATION

Objective: Establish an accessible and usable system of practice that will protect both life and liability.

  • Rules
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Safe Work Procedures
  • Codes of Practice
  • Operating Procedures
  • Permits & Clearances
  • Switching Procedures

IX. MANAGEMENT CONTROL

Objective: Understand legislation and apply methodologies to comply.

  • Legislation
  • Electrical Code
  • Purchasing Controls
  • Engineering Controls
  • Training

X. PHYSICAL EQUIPMENT

Objective: Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the required PPE and ancillary High Voltage safety equipment available.

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safety Equipment
  • Signs and Barriers
  • Equipment Protection
  • Interlock
  • Grounding

XI. FIELD CONTROL

Objective: Understand and apply preventative and post accident meetings, analyses and reports.

  • Inspections
  • Job Planning
  • Pre-job Meeting
  • Hazard Identification
  • Hazard Reporting

XII. WORK METHODS

Objective: Learn and apply safe practical skills.

  • Limits of Approach
  • Switching Practices

XIII. GROUNDING

Objective: Learn the dangers of and how induced currents and ground gradients are produced and how to safely select, install and maintain temporary grounds for protection of the worker.

  • Describe potential gradients as they relate to ground faults
  • describe how & where step, touch, mesh, and transferred potentials may appear during a ground fault
  • Induced Voltages
  • Safe Grounding Procedures
  • Grounding and dissipation of residual energy
  • Temporary Grounds

XIV. SWITCHING

Objective: Interpret and use a single line diagram to write a switching sequence to safely isolate an electrical device for work. Validate existing operating orders and switching procedures. Develop and maintain mandated documentation for all electrical equipment isolation and maintenance work.

  • Single Line Diagrams
  • Using Prints
  • Electrical System Drawings
  • Safety Documentation
  • Isolation
  • Lockout/Isolation
  • Switching Workshop

XV. JOB PLANNING

Objective: Carry out Hazard/Risk Analysis in determining the degree and extent of hazards for maintenance tasks on all electrical equipment.

  • Necessity of job planning to safely perform task
  • Hazard Control Workshop
  • Job Planning Worksheet
  • Peter Waugh

    Years of Experience
    40

    Peter Waugh brings 39 years of experience in fields of maintenance and human resources management. Peter graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He started his career with Westinghouse Industrial Field Service servicing power distribution equipment. He then moved to the Pulp & Paper industry where he worked for three companies over the next 30 years working in...

     
    • Sean McLennan, Pretium Resources
      "The course was very detailed. The instructor, Peter uses real life stories to get the information across. Clear and able to relate to scenarios at work."
    • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
      "Peter was very knowledgeable and explained things with precision and confidence."
    • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
      "Peter was very informative and eager to help with any questions we had."
    See Peter Waugh CV
  • Dave Neal

    Years of Experience
    46

    With 33 years of on the job experience at Hydro One, doing consulting work for McGregor Allsop, Trow Engineering Consultants and Dillion and Associates, Dave has acquired extensive knowledge of electrical equipment, installations and legislative requirements. While with Hydro One, Dave was involved with many projects including: - Held the lead role in the implementation of the new Training Development...

    • Traian Miu, Technical Closures Centre
      “Dave is very knowledgeable and has a great deal of experience with the subject matter, which makes him a great asset when teaching this course.”
    • Craig Jeanveau, York Energy Centre
      “Dave was professional, knowledgeable and kept us engaged. Great course content and videos. Breaks were perfectly scheduled and the hands-on training was valuable because Dave's experience.”
    • Clayton Kalbfleisch, TransAlta
      “Dave Neal is a fantastic teacher and he brought personal experiences with him, which proves it could happen to you. He was punctual, polite, and professional. The best was, he was able and willing to share his fortunate and not so fortunate experiences. Great job.”
    See Dave Neal CV
  • Edward Rideout

    Years of Experience
    50

    Ed Rideout has been involved with the electrical field in many ways for nearly 35 years. His electrical experience started when he was just out of vocational school and was hired as the sole electrician at a local fish plant in charge of six fishing trawlers, a power house and a fish plant facility. In 1975 Ed went on to work with Nova Scotia Power, first as an apprentice electrician in a generating...

    • Sean Callahan, Suncor
      "The instructor, Ed Rideout was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with."
    • Darren Seyler, Syncrude Canada
      "Excellent. Ed explained everything clearly and had no difficulty answering all questions."
    • Neil Woodman, Newfoundland Power
      “I thought this course was a great approach to improving troubleshooting skills. Ed Rideout did a great job instructing, was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I could see my skills improving as the week went on. The test sets used for the course were great, as well as the software. All in...
    See Edward Rideout CV
  • Jim Roberts

    Years of Experience
    39

    Jim Roberts brings over 34 years of experience in the electrical field. A graduate from the Georgian College Electrical Engineering program, he started his career at Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems as a High Voltage Underground Cable Fault Technician then proceeded to Toronto Transit Commission where he obtained his red seal 309A electrical license and became a Maintenance/Construction Electrician...

    • Mario DiDonato, SofSurfaces
      Good information for getting a good base knowledge of arc flash and hazards.
    • Mike Tomassetti, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Jim is great at his job and has taught me a lot of information on high voltage safety.”
    • Mike Zahra, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Good instructor, very knowledgeable.”
    See Jim Roberts CV
  • Fred Tanguay

    Years of Experience
    41

    With 30+ years of knowledge and experience gained from working in a variety of areas including power apparatus maintenance and commissioning, power engineering and design as well as training seminars for industrial and utility clients, Fred has a lot to offer students. In addition to an in-depth background in these areas, Fred also has qualifications in the following: - Occupational Health & Safety...

    • Colin Pevie, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred is awesome, good natured and very knowledgeable.”
    • Ron Kitchen, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred is extremely knowledgeable and willing to explain anything. He explains very well, is very amicable and very safety conscience. I enjoyed the course immensely and will be able to apply some of the aspects to my job.”
    • Gerry Favis, Suncor Energy
      “Fred is an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable with many years of experience. He took the time to explain in details and made sure that we understand everything. ”
    See Fred Tanguay CV
  • Alain Tremblay

    Years of Experience
    52

    Alain Tremblay is an electrical engineer with over 31 years of experience. He is fluent in both French and English and can instruct courses in both languages. He is a consultant on electrical power systems and preventative maintenance such as infrared thermography, transformer oil and gas analysis, electrical course and job supervision. Alain graduated from Laval University in Quebec with a Bachelor...

     
    See Alain Tremblay CV
  • Terry Yonkheym

    Years of Experience
    57

    Terry Yonkheym brings over 28 years experience in training and practical electrical maintenance to Canada Training Group's electrical, safety and high voltage programs. Terry's extensive service record for Ontario Hydro began as a Power Maintenance Electrician Apprentice, progressing through attaining the Inter-Provincial Construction and Maintenance Electrician's license, Journeyperson status and...

    • Doug de la Nuez, Ridley Terminals Inc.
      “Very informative course. Just the right about of fear instilled. Terry is a very good instructor who explains clearly, consciously. He is interested in the material and as a result he is enthusiastic and genuinely interested in you learning the material. Very good course and well taught. Thanks.”
    • Jason Dalton, Substation Electrician, Newfoundland Power
      "Used personal experience very well to get key points across. Related very well to students and was there for help whenever needed"
    • Chris Guze, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
      “Terry is knowledgeable and easy to understand.”
    See Terry Yonkheym CV
  • "Most of the content of this course pertains to my day-to-day duties at work, and was explained in laymen's terms so it was easy to follow each step."

    Paul Sherwood, Agrium
  • Very good and informative about do's and dont's

    Ryan Shaw, Electrician, PCS Potash 02/09
  • Lots of hands on information

    Greg Beyers, Electrician, PCS Potash 02/09
  • "Informative instructor who would explain the material at any level needed to get his point across. Especially valuable was the content on arc flash surveys and proper grounding methods."

    Jim Barazzuol, West Coast Reduction LTD
  • "I learned a lot about safe grounding practices and isolating equipment. I would recommend this one but now I would like to take the more intensive, five-day course."

    Daryl Herchuck, IMC Canada Ltd.
  • “Very knowledgeable, well presented, and amazing. Thanks.”

    Forrest Mann, Pic Morbert Hydro Inc
  • “The instructor was good and explained everything right from the basics, keeping in mind the level of participants. Used various examples and our own systems as examples. I have learned a lot about the subject.”

    Humanyun Zahir, Pic Mobert Hydro Inc
  • "Our instructor is a very experienced man. He was able to reinforce topics by relating them to personal experience. We went through a lot of information in two days and the work on grounding is invaluable.

    Doug Rolling, Anderson Exploration
  • "The course content was weighty but processable with the instructor very knowledgeable, relaxed and prepared. Overall very worthwhile and informative; a must for electrical workers."

    Joseph te Bulte, Canfor
  • “Great and engaging presenter. Knowledgeable and good humor. Very good presentation.”

    Babar Kahn, Pic Mobert Hydro Inc
  • "Excellent! A fantastic course and the instructor had genuine concern for our safe working practices. This is a must. I would highly recommend it."

    Kevin Wolfe, Kramer Ltd.
  • "This course reminded me to have more respect for high voltage. It was taught in a way that is applicable to the way I work, and came from the instructor's own experiences."

    Matt Messer, Enbridge
  • "Set forth the value of not rushing into tasks. Take the course, especially for the Arc Flash component."

    Tim Kupchanko, Spectra Energy
  • "This is a good opportunity to refresh your safety training, see what's new and interact with other electrical personnel. It was interesting to hear the ideas and opinions of other participants

    Larry Kamo, Provincial Papers
  • Very knowledgeable, well around course with a good mix of instruction, video and workshop.

    Marc Thibert, Electrical Technologist, Aqrium, 02/09
  • "The instructor was well informed on a wide range of topics and presented the contents in an interesting manner. I would highly recommend this course with regards to safety awareness."

    Jim Gillingham, Abitibi Consolidated
  • “Excellent presentation and exhibits great depth of knowledge. Simulated thinking within the group.”

    Chris Reed, Pic Mobert Hydro Inc
Day 1
Start time, Introductions 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class Time/End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
Day 2
Start time, Introductions 08:00 - 10:00 am
Morning Break 10:00 - 10:15 am
Class Time 10:15 - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 - 01:00 pm
Class Time, Afternoon Break 01:00 - 03:00 pm
Class Time/End Time 03:15 - 04:30 pm
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