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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 Z462-24 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. 

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
August 29 – 30, 2024 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Toronto time OR24651 $1379.00 + Tax Per Attendee Register
September 18 – 19, 2024 LIVE 2-Way Video Training 8am-4pm Vancouver time OR24654 $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...
  • 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.
  • Xen Theodore Roy Van Nostrand-Gibson, Son Of Mendel Inc.
    The course was really good. The slides and information were well-formatted and easy to understand.
  • David A Williams, Jaytech Electric and Controls
    Good overall coverage of topics and some great experiential relations to the topics with good insight
  • 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.

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

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  • Daniel Chartier

    Years of Experience
    33

    Daniel Chartier travaille comme ingénieur électrique depuis près de 30 ans, et est spécialisé en automatisation et contrôles. Il a travaillé dans des fonderies d'aluminium et les mines, dans l'emballage, les stations de pompage et dans la construction d'usines thermiques (District Cooling) au cours des ans. Il a été responsable du développement de formations de sécurité dans...

    • Steve Carnevale, University of Toronto
      Daniel was very informative as well as keeping the guys engaged in conversations regarding real-life scenarios
    • Simon-Paul Comeau, Graves Electrical
      Daniel is full of knowledge and I felt like he really cares about our safety.
    • Chris Hantzakos, Total Power Limited
      Daniel is a great teacher and knows how to make an interesting presentation.
    See Daniel Chartier CV
  • Peter Waugh

    Years of Experience
    45

    Peter Waugh brings 44 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...

    • Tim Craigen, Invista Canada
      Peter is a very knowledgeable instructor with valuable life experience to draw on for valid examples. Engaging and personable.
    • Jarod Hubert, Mount Milligan
      Peter did a great job teaching this course. He was very clear and thorough in explaining everything.
    • Chris Fox, Invista Canada
      Peter spoke very clearly and was very organized. He was able to answer my questions with great detail and was easy to understand.
    See Peter Waugh CV
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was really good. The slides and information were well-formatted and easy to understand.

    Xen Theodore Roy Van Nostrand-Gibson, Son Of Mendel Inc.
  • Good overall coverage of topics and some great experiential relations to the topics with good insight

    David A Williams, Jaytech Electric and Controls
  • 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

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