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Wind power generation is a fast growing industry employing modern technology. Renewable electricity generation uses wind turbines spread across an extensive area either offshore or onshore and usually interconnected to a utility power grid. Each individual generating unit consists of complex electrical and mechanical components that are mounted on tower structures and necessitates specialized safe maintenance practices.

Wind turbine generators may be of several different designs with conventional wind turbines being squirrel-cage induction or the wound rotor induction design. Generators typically operate at 690 V or lower for generators smaller than 3MW and up to 6 KV for larger generators. Generators present specific hazards due to the possibility of back feeding. Wind collector circuits may have 15 or more wind turbines per feeder with underground and overhead cables operating at 35 KV or greater. Significant arc flash incident energy levels can be present with wind power systems. The connected utility and all operational wind turbines on the collector system feed faults. As well, arc flash may be more severe due to restricted space inside the tower.

During operation, maintenance, and repair of wind power systems, qualified electrical workers will be called upon to perform preventative maintenance and to diagnose and repair faults. Workers are exposed to electrical hazards including high voltage electric shock and high arc flash levels and arc blast unless training and appropriate electrical safe work practice measures are in place.

This two day program combines in-depth exploration of the workplace electrical safety standard, CSA Z462-21 with practical exercises on how to assess and mitigate hazards for anyone working on or near electrical equipment. It is designed to meet the needs of all workers with a great emphasis put on changing work patterns, methods and safety culture. We use real life examples of electrical accidents to promote open discussion and analysis of the events ensuring maximum buy in from every student and conformance to company safe work practices and procedures contributing to a safer workplace by eliminating high risk behaviors and reducing downtime.

Who should attend: Managers & Supervisors, Health & Safety Professionals, Electricians, Engineers, Wind Turbine Technicians

Next Windfarm Electrical Safety Courses
October 10 – 11, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Edmonton Time OR22497 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
October 27 – 28, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Toronto time OR22498 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
November 29 – 30, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Toronto time OR22524 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
December 7 – 8, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Edmonton Time OR22637 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
December 21 – 22, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Winnipeg time OR22638 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Keith Harris, Pennask and Sinish Creek Wind Farm
    This was a very well laid out course with lots of relevant materials.
  • Len Eyre, BluEarth Renewables
    The course was great. A good reminder of the hazards associated with the job and the importance of regular maintenance, following procedures, and wearing the appropriate PPE. The instructor has a vast knowledge of the content and delivers it well.

Course topics

I. Electrical Hazards

Objective: : To describe the most common electrical hazards that workers are exposed to.

II. Responsibilities

Objective: To provide students with a working knowledge of the regulations that apply to electrical work and their level of responsibility.

III. Electrical Hazard Mitigation

Objective: To provide students with work methods to eliminate or reduce shock and arc flash levels while not relying solely on personal protective equipment.

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I. Electrical Hazards

Objective: : To describe the most common electrical hazards that workers are exposed to.

  • Managers & Supervisors
  • Health & Safety Professionals
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Wind Turbine Technicians

II. Responsibilities

Objective: To provide students with a working knowledge of the regulations that apply to electrical work and their level of responsibility.

  • OH&S Legislation and the Workplace Electrical Safety Standard CSA Z-462
  • Definition of a Qualified Electrical Worker
  • Training & Competency requirements for a Qualified Electrical Worker
  • Electrical Safety Program
  • Energized Work & Energized Work Permit
  • Shock & Arc Flash Risk Assessment
  • Safe Work Practices and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Arc Flash Reduction Switches
  • Switching Procedures

III. Electrical Hazard Mitigation

Objective: To provide students with work methods to eliminate or reduce shock and arc flash levels while not relying solely on personal protective equipment.

  • How to achieve an Electrically Safe Work Condition
  • Safe Practices when Working On or Near Energized Electrical Circuits
  • Key Boundaries including Limited and Restricted Approach Boundaries, Arc Flash Boundary and Working Distance, Minimum Approach Boundaries
  • Effect of Current, Time & Distance on Arc Flash Energy
  • Recognizing Abnormal Electrical Maintenance Conditions
  • Selecting the Correct Personal Protective Equipment

IV. Recognizing Hazards

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

  • Generators and Converter Systems & Controls
  • Up Tower & Down Tower Panels & Controls
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Cables
  • Padmount and Substation Power Transformers
  • Point of Interconnect
  • Collector network
  • Recloser
  • Instrument Transformers
  • Disconnects
  • Low, Medium & High Voltage Switchgear
  • Circuit Breakers and Protective Relays
  • Fuses
  • Battery & UPS Systems
  • Capacitors

V. Controlling Hazards

Objective: Application of the hierarchy of hazard control for electrical work with working examples.

  • Substation and Switchyard Awareness
  • Elimination, Substitution, Engineering controls
  • Awareness, Administrative controls, Personal Protective Equipment
  • Arc Flash Hazard Analysis to IEEE 1584 Standard
  • Shock & Arc Flash Risk Assessment
  • Field Level Hazard Assessment (FLHA)
  • Safe use of Multimeters and HV Detectors for confirming the Absence of Voltage
  • Safe use of HV Gloves and Live Line Tools
  • Safe application of Temporary Protective Grounding

VI. Job Planning

Objective: Describe the key elements of a job plan.

  • Scope
  • Task Breakdown
  • Risk Reduction
  • Job Planning
  • Switching Orders
  • Rescue Plans

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October 10 – 11, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video MST/GMT-6 Teleconference OR22497 Register
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  • Peter Waugh

    Years of Experience
    43

    Peter Waugh brings 43 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...

     
    • 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."
    • Greg Hogg, Pretium Resources
      "These 2 days of training have been by far the best training sessions I have been apart of. Peter did a great job of delivering information and aiming it to our needs here with Pretium. Thank you Peter."
    • Jarod Hubert, Mount Milligan
      Peter did a great job teaching this course. He was very clear and thorough in explaining everything.
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  • This was a very well laid out course with lots of relevant materials.

    Keith Harris, Pennask and Sinish Creek Wind Farm
  • The course was great. A good reminder of the hazards associated with the job and the importance of regular maintenance, following procedures, and wearing the appropriate PPE. The instructor has a vast knowledge of the content and delivers it well.

    Len Eyre, BluEarth Renewables

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