The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop is pleased to offer eight tutorials. Four will be presented on Tuesday morning and four will be presented on Friday afternoon.

1Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 to 12:00 noon Mark ScottCapacitors -
application of
2021 Annex
This tutorial will use a combination of lecture and in-class exercises to guide attendees through the material of NFPA 70E-2021, Article 360 and Annex R, Working With Capacitors. Topics will include basic understanding of capacitor construction, stored energy hazards and thresholds, and calculation methods to quantify the hazards and wait times for discharge. It will teach the underlying principles behind the requirements and guide and incorporating step by step risk assessment procedures. At the end of the tutorial, attendees will be able to calculate capacitor stored energy and safe discharge times, assess relative risk, and select an appropriate set of controls to reduce risk to a tolerable level.
2Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 to 12:00 noon Terry PerillouxElectrical
Diffusing the
Electrical Safety in the workplace has made astronomical improvements in the past decades in reducing injuries. Unfortunately, the injury statistical data has plateaued in recent years. The goal should be zero electrical injuries, but how do we get there? Having a procedure or rules in place is not enough to prevent all injuries. However, implementing an Electrical Safety Program is the basis of creating an electrically safe workplace. Furthermore, focusing on the person closest to the hazards, enhancing their electrical safety culture, and reducing their risk tolerance are crucial to the goal. This tutorial will present information on how to improve Electrical Safety Culture and how to identify cultural concerns. Please come join an interactive session discussing electrical safety and diffusing the cultural warrior. You and I…We Are Electrical Safety. Together, let’s develop a sustainable electrical safety culture for generations.
3Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 to 12:00 noon Karl CunninghamNFPA 70B: A
Review of the
NFPA 70B has gone from a recommended practice that was first introduced in 1975 to now become a standard in 2023. As such, the technical committee had to carefully review every recommendation that was indicated with a “should” to determine whether it was appropriate to change to a “shall.” The underlying substantiation for every entry was whether the failure of the equipment in question could impact personnel or environmental safety. This proved to be a monumental task that stretched the revision cycle by an additional year with technical committee task groups often meeting on a bi-weekly basis.
This tutorial will provide a brief review of the structure and content of the standard with an emphasis on significant changes from the 2018 Recommended Practice.
4Tuesday March 14
8:00AM - Noon
Mike DohertyElectrical
- Best
Except for the front line electrical workers day to day activities, it is not just about electrical safety task execution and expertise, it is mostly about “Electrical Safety Management” - Best Practices. What are the foundations of outstanding electrical safety management systems. What consensus standards can and are being used and how. The genesis of Shock and Arc Flash Risk Assessment Procedures from IEC 31000 to CSA Z1002 to CSA Z462-18 to NFPA 70E and the massive potential safety and business implications to all other hazards, as well as electrical, at site within your overall H&S managed system. How to use the basic Risk Assessment Procedure template best practice from CSA Z1002:12 (R2022) - Occupational Health And Safety - Hazard Identification And Elimination And Risk Assessment And Control at the “Design Phase” of any daily or new electrical job planning requirements to get the traction you need. Consider in a fully involved and participatory workshop format a sales technique to execute a comprehensive “business case” for your electrical safety management system. How a technical expert can use a leading edge sales process to sell your electrical safety continual improvement requirements to your accountable senior executive team. Interactive and engaging. Come and roll your sleeves up and get involved.
5Friday March 17
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Lloyd B. GordonWorking
Safely with Battery
Storage and
Battery technology and applications has advanced in leaps and bounds in the past 15 years, both for Grid Energy Storage and Electrical Vehicles. Very large battery systems are already in use. Dramatic failure, especially of lithium-ion technologies, resulting in impressive fires and significant damage has captured attention of standards organizations to assure that designs prevent failure. There are numerous such standards and guides in place, or under development in IEC and IEEE. However, none of them adequately address worker safety, in the transportation, assembly, maintenance and disassembly of large battery systems. The electrical hazards, thermal, shock, and arc flash, have not been addressed by standards, specifically for battery systems. This tutorial includes the following elements:
(1) Definition of the electrical hazards, and thresholds,
(2) Review of existing design standards to reduce exposure to the user and worker,
(3) Detailed methods of conducting risk assessments for the thermal, shock, and arc flash hazards, for all major battery chemistries,
(4) Conduct risk assessment examples for both energy storage systems and electric vehicles, and
(5) Managing emergency response in case of battery bank failure.
This material will form the basis of proposals for future standards for worker safety for battery banks. Up-to-date methods of DC arc flash risk assessment for all battery chemistries will be covered.
6Friday March 17
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Lanny FloydAssessing
of Electrical
Investigating an electrical incident, whether a fatality, injury, property loss, business disruption or close call, provides management and workers the opportunity to identify hazards and risks in their operations and shortcomings in their electrical safety programs. Most importantly, it enables management and workers to identify and implement the corrective actions necessary to prevent future incidents in electrical energy, control, and communication systems
This tutorial will utilize current best practices and industry standards in incident investigations provided by OSHA, National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Professionals, and other organizations. The discussion of these resources will help attendees identify opportunities to improve existing incident investigation processes, identify and correct actual and potential contributing causes, avoid finding fault or blame, and improve workplace morale and increase productivity. Attendees will learn how these improvements can positively contribute to multiple business objectives including worker safety, process safety, equipment reliability, operations uptime, investor relations, and customer satisfaction.
7Friday March 17
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Al HavensOSHA
and 70E®
Standard –
Q&A Tutorial
This tutorial is instruction in the practical use and application of the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration’s (OSHA) Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 29 and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace 70E Standard®. To effectively use and apply the OSHA Regulations and the 70E® Standard together, people need to not only know what the Regulations and Standard say but they also need to know how to practically apply and use them. The OSHA Regulations and 70E® Standard work “hand in hand” in guiding employers and employees in safe work practices. The OSHA Regulations are enforceable as law and are required to be followed by industrial and commercial facilities. The 70E® Standard is the text for best practices in the industrial and commercial workplace. The tutorial will begin with a PowerPoint presentation explaining the Lead Instructor’s understanding of the scope, purpose, and intent of the OSHA Regulations and the 70E® Standard. OSHA’s 1910.269, Subpart S as well as other applicable sections will be presented. The presentation will continue with how the 70E® Standard helps and guides employers and employees to comply with the letter and intent of both the OSHA Regulations and the 70E® Standard. It will be made clear that the instructors of this tutorial are sharing their opinions and do not represent either OSHA or NFPA official interpretations and perspectives.
8Friday March 17
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Christopher J. DeWaalChanges to
the 2023
NEC and
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) is the standard that safeguards workers and the public at large from hazards associated with electric supply facilities, including generating stations, substations, overhead supply lines and underground supply lines. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the standard that applies to most other facilities that use electricity. Both the NESC and the NEC have new versions in 2023 that contain a number of changes in content, and in how we navigate the standards. This session will examine the sections of both that have changed from their respective previous versions and what those changes might mean to electrical safety and design professionals.

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