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Renewable energy projects including Solar and Wind power generation are a fast-growing industry employing very modern technology.

During installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of these 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 and NFPA-70E 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.

Hands-on practical exercises are included allowing participants to demonstrate their skills on substation equipment to conduct potential tests, perform switching and lockout/tagout, rack in & out circuit breakers and apply temporary protective safety grounds using hot sticks.

The overall objective being that participants truly have the knowledge and can demonstrate the skills to perform their electrical operating tasks safely and properly, and prove that your managers have fulfilled their due diligence requirements under all legislation beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt.

Who should attend: Substation Electricians, Engineers, Commercial and Industrial Electricians, Instrumentation Mechanics, Technicians, Managers & Safety Professionals.

You will be able to: Safely operate and maintain High Voltage systems. Work confidently using established safety procedures. Organize HV workers under your lead. Communicate fluently regarding your High Voltage systems. Avoid accidents and injuries. Comply with provincial/state and federal legislative requirements.

Next Arc Flash High Voltage Safety for Solar Power Generation Courses
December 28 – 29, 2022 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Toronto time OR22640 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
January 11 – 12, 2023 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Edmonton Time OR23013 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
February 1 – 2, 2023 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Edmonton Time OR23082 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
February 15 – 16, 2023 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Vancouver time OR23084 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
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  • Mark Child, Canadian Solar Inc.
    Being aware of the potential hazards at the workplace can be a lifesaver. As a young adult coming into the industry, this training is very important for the safety of myself and others. I learned lots of valuable information on PPE choice, safe work practice, and do's and don'ts when dealing with high...
  • Tom Madsen, Blue Earth
    The course was not too serious but also appropriate when it needed to be. I really liked the application to our specific systems.
  • Dan Grant, Blue Earth
    Both instructors were great and glad that the training was geared toward our sites. I gained a lot of new knowledge and new questions about different HV things on our site.
  • Shane Power, Canadian Solar Inc.
    The course provided a lot of information to understand why and how Arc Flash Safety is needed to be followed. I would recommend this course for anyone working in the electrical field

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

  • • Shock and Electrocution
  • • Arc Flash
  • • Arc Blast
  • • Stray Voltages, Capacitive, Inductive, Step & Touch Potential, Ground Potential Rise
  • • Overhead and Underground Power Lines

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 / NFPA-70E
  • • Definition of a Qualified Electrical Worker
  • • Training & Competency requirements for a Qualified Electrical Worker
  • • Electrical Safety Program
  • • Energized Work & Energized Work Permit

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
  • • Shock & Arc Flash Risk Assessment
  • • Safe Work Practices and Standard Operating Procedures
  • • Arc Flash Reduction Switches
  • • Switching Procedures

IV. Recognizing Hazards

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

  • • Solar panels
  • • Inverter Systems
  • • Combiner Boxes
  • • Grounding and Bonding
  • • Insulation
  • • 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)
  • • 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

VII. Hands on Practical Exercises

Objective: Participants can demonstrate their skills to perform their electrical operating tasks safely and properly. These exercises will be based on your specific operational needs and designed to suit the equipment at your facilities.

  • Inspections on energized equipment
  • Switching Practices, Interlocks (kirk key)
  • Racking low and medium voltage circuit breakers
  • Potential testing
  • Install and remove working grounds (using hot stick)
  • Operation of HV Disconnect Switches (Gang Operated)
  • Operation of HV Disconnect Switches (Hook Stick)
  • Switchgear Operation

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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...

     
    • Wes Palmer, Pretium Resources
      "Peter was very informative and eager to help with any questions we had."
    • Jarod Hubert, Mount Milligan
      Peter did a great job teaching this course. He was very clear and thorough in explaining everything.
    • 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."
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  • Being aware of the potential hazards at the workplace can be a lifesaver. As a young adult coming into the industry, this training is very important for the safety of myself and others. I learned lots of valuable information on PPE choice, safe work practice, and do's and don'ts when dealing with high...

    Mark Child, Canadian Solar Inc.
  • The course was not too serious but also appropriate when it needed to be. I really liked the application to our specific systems.

    Tom Madsen, Blue Earth
  • Both instructors were great and glad that the training was geared toward our sites. I gained a lot of new knowledge and new questions about different HV things on our site.

    Dan Grant, Blue Earth
  • The course provided a lot of information to understand why and how Arc Flash Safety is needed to be followed. I would recommend this course for anyone working in the electrical field

    Shane Power, Canadian Solar Inc.

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