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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  • 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.
  • Marc Thibert, Electrical Technologist, Aqrium, 02/09
    Very knowledgeable, well around course with a good mix of instruction, video and workshop.
  • Humanyun Zahir, Pic Mobert 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.”
  • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
    "The course was a great learning experience. Being a high voltage electrician, I feel this course laid out all procedures and safety measures very well. Peter was informative and eager to help with any questions we had!"
  • Jim Gillingham, Abitibi Consolidated
    "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."

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...

     
    • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
      "Peter was very informative and eager to help with any questions we had."
    • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
      "Peter was very knowledgeable and explained things with precision and confidence."
    • Darren Storm, Pretium Resources
      "The course was very informative and it has opened our eyes to the potential hazards we work with on a day to day basis. Peter was a extremely knowledgeable."
    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...

    • Murray Caldwell, Panolam Surface Systems
      “Our instructor, Dave Neal was one of the best I have ever encountered, he was very informative. The information learnt may save someone’s life. Thanks Dave.”
    • Kent Scerba, National Research Council Canada
      “I highly recommend Dave to teach the high voltage arc flash safety course as he has a great knowledge and communication skills to relay the information of this topic. Through his past experience he is able to express situations that trades persons can understand and relate to.”
    • Joe Fiorini, Panolam Industries
      “The instructor, Dave Neal was very knowledgeable about what he was teaching in the course. If my coworkers were unsure of anything taught in the course he would explain it and also had a knowledgeable answer for what was being asked. The course was explained and taught well also. Thanks Dave!”
    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...

    • Tony Cranford, Newfoundland Power
      “This was a really good course and instructor(Ed Rideout). I found great improvement in troubleshooting procedures and documentation. It also reduced number of steps to find faults by 50% to 75% (more efficient). I recognized different ways to troubleshoot (both open circuits and short circuits). I...
    • Jeff Henderson, Pengrowth Energy Corp.
      "Ed seemed to have a good background knowledge of the material based on field and teaching experience. He was easily approachable and would help when needed."
    • Stephen Stone, Newalta
      “I thought this course was very informative and provided everyone with the opportunity to share their experiences. The material got right to the point, and never included fill-in material, which is common to most courses. Ed was able to deliver the material professionally and was able to include his...
    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...

    • Luigi Marchesi, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Great job, Jim goes through material in a clear understanding way. Jim was very thorough with both arc flash and high voltage material.”
    • Mike Zahra, Toronto Transit Commission
      “Good instructor, very knowledgeable.”
    • Andy Scheibli, Lambton Kent DSB
      Informative, knowledgeable, entertaining.
    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...

    • Jeff Gillespie, Enbridge Pipelines
      “Fred was an excellent instructor. The course material was delivered in an efficient manner and was very beneficial. Overall, I was very happy with Fred as an instructor and the learning opportunity this course delivered.”
    • Andrew MacGillivray, Syncrude Canada
      “Fred was able to inform us of what tests to perform and the dangers and why we are performing. He shared a lot of great tips/advice and he had a great ability to convey his knowledge.”
    • Ron Holland, Syncrude Canada
      One of the best courses I have ever taken. The hands on aspect was very good in keeping it interesting and informative. The instructor was very knowledgeable and informative as well. The relaxed environment also allowed for good knowledge sharing between peers. Don't change a thing.
    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...

    • Mark Clouthier, Ridley Terminals Inc.
      “I found Terry very informative on course information. Kept me interested to want to listen. Questions, he had answers for. Excellent instructor.”
    • Bert Cunningham, TransCanada
      "The instructor, Terry Yonkheym had the knowledge and expertise. His delivery was excellent."
    • Dana Hawryliw, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
      “Terry was very knowledgeable and lots of experience. He was able to give detailed examples of applications. Terry kept things interesting and upbeat, everyone got involved in discussions. A+”
    See Terry Yonkheym CV
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Amazing course, it was full of extremely relevant topics and information. Engaged in class participation with various scenarios that dealt with relevant duties/procedures. Loved it! I will ask supervisors to investigate other training options/classes with Canada Training Group."

    Erik Mikkelsen, Pretium Resources
  • Very knowledgeable, well around course with a good mix of instruction, video and workshop.

    Marc Thibert, Electrical Technologist, Aqrium, 02/09
  • "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.
  • “Excellent presentation and exhibits great depth of knowledge. Simulated thinking within the group.”

    Chris Reed, Pic Mobert Hydro Inc
  • “Great and engaging presenter. Knowledgeable and good humor. Very good presentation.”

    Babar Kahn, Pic Mobert Hydro Inc
  • "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 knowledgeable, well presented, and amazing. Thanks.”

    Forrest Mann, Pic Morbert Hydro Inc
  • "Set forth the value of not rushing into tasks. Take the course, especially for the Arc Flash component."

    Tim Kupchanko, Spectra Energy
  • "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
  • Lots of hands on information

    Greg Beyers, Electrician, PCS Potash 02/09
  • "Yesterday and today were by far the best training sessions I have been part of. The instructor did a great job of delivering information and aiming it to our needs here with Pretium. Thank you."

    Greg Hogg, Pretium Resources
  • "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
  • “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
  • "The course was a great learning experience. Being a high voltage electrician, I feel this course laid out all procedures and safety measures very well. Peter was informative and eager to help with any questions we had!"

    Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
  • "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! 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.
  • "Very well spoken and thorough with critical information. Exhibited excellent knowledge and patience. I'm extremely excited to gain knowledge that I can start to use immediately. The slide to brochure information followed a proper organized system. Thank you very much."

    Erik Mikkelsen, Pretium Resources
  • Very good and informative about do's and dont's

    Ryan Shaw, Electrician, PCS Potash 02/09
  • "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
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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