Protective Grounding and Electrical Safety

428 High Voltage Substation Safety & Work Procedures
431 Elect Safety MAD Non-Elect Personnel
432 Industrial Electrical Safety Low and Medium Voltage Refresher
437 Industrial Electrical Safety Low Voltage
438 Elect Safety Hi Volt Utility Workers
448 Overview of OSHA 1910.269
449 Overhead Line Safety & Bucket Truck Rescue
450 Protective Grounding Seminar – Substations
451 Protective Grounding Seminar – Underground
453 Train the Trainer (Protective Grounding)
454 Protective Grounding Seminar – Underground
457 Utility Electrical Safety High Voltage
459 Protective Grounding Seminar
463 High Resistance Grounding

HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOR LINEMAN AND SUBSTATION WORKERS
Course 428

A course specifically designed for electric supply workers, linemen, cable splicers and substation workers, electrical contractors, test technicians, industrial & utility electricians, technicians working in or around substations. It addresses all aspects of the electrical hazard and mitigation of electrical contact, arc flash, electrical fires and explosions.

Supervisors or managers concerned with the safety of electrical workers find this course especially useful in providing their employees insight into proper electrical safety. Course participants are introduced to the hazards of electrical work and the philosophies of preventing accidents and minimizing outage time due to improper safety or work practices. Integral to the course is proper selection, use, care of PPE to mitigate worker injury and prevent equipment damage.

Presented using PowerPoint, this course is easily adaptable to a client’s specific objectives, equipment or voltage class and worker skill/knowledge levels.

Also included as part of the curriculum are study materials participants may use at their own pace to continue their learning experience. This course addresses OSHA training requirements established in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

ELECTRICAL MINIMUM APPROACH DISTANCE TRAINING FOR
NON-ELECTRICAL PERSONNEL
Course 431

OSHA establishes Minimum Approach Distances (MAD) for both qualified and non qualified workers. Typically known as the ten foot rule, non qualified workers cannot approach energized equipment to perform non electrical work at closer than ten feet or more. However properly trained non electrical personnel are permitted to perform non electrical work at reduced approach distances when properly qualified.

Originally developed for billboard and sign workers, this course was designed with OSHA’s cooperation for qualifying persons whose work requires them to approach exposed low, medium and high voltage installations at distances of less than OSHA’s mandated ten (10) plus feet. Tree trimmers, bill board posters, painters, steel erectors and construction workers who successfully demonstrate sufficient work skills and knowledge are qualified to work at reduced Minimum Approach Distances. Training and skill set demonstrations should be documented and recorded.

Course participants learn the hazards of electrical energy, proper approach distances, correct work positioning and how to distinguish between energized and de-energized conductors and equipment or installations. Key to any worker in determining MAD is the ability to accurately determine voltage levels by visual observation. A comprehensive photograph presentation explaining how to use insulator type and size to accurately determine voltage levels is an integral part of this course.

Special review of the OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S is provided. Participants who complete this course with a post test grade of 80 or better receive training certification.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY
LOW AND MEDIUM VOLTAGE REFRESHER
Course 432

A refresher course, designed for electrical contractors, test technicians, industrial & utility electricians, technicians and engineers exposed to low through medium voltages with special emphasis on 480 volts and 15 kV.

Supervisors or managers concerned with the safety of electrical workers will find this refresher course especially useful in providing an insight into electrical safety. Course participants are introduced to the hazards of electrical work and the philosophies of preventing accidents and minimizing outage time due to improper safety or work practices.

Minimum Approach Distances for contact and arc flash are emphasized. Also included as part of the curriculum are study materials students may use at their own pace to continue their learning experience.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY
LOW VOLTAGE
Course 437

Specifically designed for low voltage workers (V<1000 volts) this course is ideal for workers exposed to voltages 600 Volts and below.

Supervisors or managers concerned with the arc flash safety of electrical workers find this course especially useful in providing an insight into electrical safety creating a corporate making safety an everyday part of the work culture.

Course participants are introduced to the hazards of electrical work and the philosophies of preventing accidents and minimizing outage time due to improper safety or work practices. Also included as part of the curriculum are study materials participants may use at their own pace to continue their learning experience.

This course addresses OSHA training requirements established in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.332.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY HIGH VOLTAGE
For Electric Supply Workers
Course 438

A course specifically designed for electric supply workers (linemen, cable splicers and substation workers, electrical contractors, test technicians, industrial & utility electricians, technicians) it addresses all aspects of the electrical hazard and mitigation of electrical contact, arc flash, electrical fires and explosions.  Safety issues related to underground systems (duct banks and manholes) are discussed including an overview of confined space and permit entry requirements.

Supervisors or managers concerned with the safety of electrical workers find this course especially useful in providing their employees insight into proper electrical safety. Course participants are introduced to the hazards of electrical work and the philosophies of preventing accidents and minimizing outage time due to improper safety or work practices. Integral to the course is proper selection, use, care of PPE to mitigate worker injury and prevent equipment damage.

Presented using PowerPoint, this course is easily adaptable to a client’s specific objectives, equipment or voltage class and worker skill/knowledge levels.

Also included as part of the curriculum are study materials participants may use at their own pace to continue their learning experience. This course addresses OSHA training requirements established in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

OVERVIEW of OSHA 1910.269
Course 448

Designed to familiarize and explain OSHA’s requirements for generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy it addresses specific information needs of managers, engineers, technicians and skilled workers working this industry.

Minimum Approach Distances, PPE, Arc Flash, Protective Grounding requirements are examined and discussed sufficient for the participant to continue study and apply this regulation.

This overview of 1910.269 consists of lecture and discussion sessions enhanced by summaries of each section. This course requires 16 hours for presentation but may be customized to meet client needs and objectives.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

OVERHEAD LINE SAFETY AND
BUCKET TRUCK RESCUE
COURSE 449

An intensive hands-on course intended for transmission or distribution linemen, electricians and their supervisors.

Instruction includes introduction to electrical safety hazards, job planning, energized and de-energized work, circuit restoration, bucket truck operations and pole top rescue techniques.

Course is typically adapted to client’s specific equipment and work practices. This course meets OSHA requirements for rescuing from aerial work positions.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

PROTECTIVE GROUNDING SEMINAR
SUBSTATIONS EQUAL POTENTIAL GROUNDING
Course 450

Working with vehicles, aerial devices and mobile test equipment inside an equal potential zone creates a unique situation for step and touch hazards. This course directly addresses these hazards and related issues specific to working in an equal potential zone (EPZ – substation grids). Participants will discuss protective grounding theory, emphasizing safety and the range of acceptable currents. Also covered are visual indications of deteriorating ground grids and connections. Visual inspection of grounding systems is discussed explaining what to look for if grounds are deteriorating or undersized.

Personal protective grounds, including their sizing, testing, inspection, maintenance and use in substations are explained. Substation fault currents and their related high x/r ratios are explained for craft workers such they can properly apply protective grounds.

Vehicle grounding and the hazards associated with circulating currents are explained. Single point, multi point, paralleled ground sets and de-rating of paralleled ground sets is explained. The human body as a parallel conduction path is explained and demonstrated. Limitations of the substation grids protection and boundary hazards are discussed using examples and actual accidents.

OSHA and generally accepted standards require that only qualified workers be allowed to enter substations unescorted. First Responders, engineers, mangers and substation craft personnel benefit from a thorough understanding of substation hazards and safe work practices.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

Protective Grounding
For Underground Systems
Course 451

This presentation specifically discusses protective grounding for underground installations. Grounding practices, equipment and splicing lay outs are discussed in detail. Participants learn how to combine isolation and guarding with equal potential grounding practices to create safe work zones. ASTM 855 (Standard Specifications for Temporary Protective Grounds to Be Used on De-energized Electric Power Lines and Equipment) and IEEE 386 (IEEE Standard for Separable Insulated Connector Systems for Power Distribution Systems Above 600 V) are used to establish an understanding of industries lack of underground grounding equipment and the associated issues with underground protective grounding.

Specific issues based on grounding equipment limitations and capabilities are discussed and explained. Equal Potential Grounding philosophy and the difficulty of establishing EPZ’s at ground level are also detailed. Participants learn how to properly utilize portable ground mats to achieve maximum protection from step & touch hazards.

Summary
Open forum for discussion with class participation addressing specific student concerns and questions.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

Protective Grounding Seminar
Train the Trainer
Course 453

Audience: Presentation is designed for selected key individuals who have an extensive technical background or practical experience in supervising electrical workers involved in designing, constructing, operating, or maintaining electric supply systems. Individual work history and education will be reviewed prior to accepting participants.

Description: Electrical supply systems are not inherently safe; “Step & Touch” hazards exist at all levels of supply voltages. This course explains how these hazards may be mitigated, not eliminated, by proper protective grounding. Protective grounding is not a “cure all”. There are distinct benefits and liabilities associated with this work practice. A basic understanding of electrical energy effects on the human body is provided. The limits, benefits, and liabilities of protective grounding and how to mitigate these risks are explained. Instructor led in-depth discussions of grounding methods, practices, procedures, and examples are conducted. Maximum class size is six (6) participants.

Objective: Provide sufficient reference materials, training resources, and knowledge such that participants successfully completing this intense program will be able to conduct effective training courses specific to requirements established by owners for present and future electrical workers. Laptops capable of accessing the internet and displaying and modifying Microsoft Power Point presentations are required for this course.

Participants receive a standardized and serial numbered Power Point Presentation on Protective Grounding for their exclusive use to train fellow employees. Use and possession of these materials is strictly limited and licensed to persons who have completed this course and for their individual use in training fellow employees of the same company.

Length: Four (4) days – Day One is spent in lecture; Day two students prepare their own presentations. During days three and four students make individual presentations critiquing each other and building confidence and understanding.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

Protective Grounding Overview
For Underground Systems
Course 454

This is a four (4) hour abbreviated course conducted in conjunction with and after participants have recently completed the two (2) day grounding course.

This presentation specifically discusses protective grounding for underground installations. Grounding practices, equipment and splicing lay outs are discussed in detail. Participants learn how to combine isolation and guarding with equal potential grounding practices to create safe work zones. ASTM 855 (Standard Specifications for Temporary Protective Grounds to Be Used on De-energized Electric Power Lines and Equipment) and IEEE 386 (IEEE Standard for Separable Insulated Connector Systems for Power Distribution Systems Above 600 V) are used to establish an understanding of industries lack of underground grounding equipment and the associated issues with underground protective grounding.

Specific issues based on grounding equipment limitations and capabilities are discussed and explained. Equal Potential Grounding philosophy and the difficulty of establishing EPZ’s at ground level are also detailed. Participants learn how to properly utilize portable ground mats to achieve maximum protection from step & touch hazards.

Summary
Open forum for discussion with class participation addressing specific student concerns and questions.

UTILITY ELECTRICAL SAFETY
HIGH VOLTAGE
Course 457

Electric utility accident and injury rates when compared to other industries are exemplary. However; when an electric utility worker has an accident they tend to be of catastrophic proportions for both the company and the employee. Designed to be culture changing this is a comprehensive course defining hazard levels and the protective measures needed to mitigate corporate and human risk to acceptable levels. This course defines the electrical hazard and addresses the root cause of all electrical accidents, attitude and insufficient knowledge.

Ideal for ES&H safety professionals and program managers; linemen, electricians, technicians, engineers and supervisors have found this seminar especially useful in promoting safety when working on energized and de-energized equipment and circuits. Medium voltage thru EHV substation hazards; specific and/or unique to each voltage class are discussed. Low voltage circuits and equipment (V<600volts) and the inherent flash hazard are explained. Protective grounding practices are explained in a comprehensive easily understood manner. Lockout/Tagout and protective grounding limitations are covered, as well as, OSHA requirements for controlling electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic stored energy. High voltage testing and unique/special hazards of transfer switches, load break versus non load break switches and back feeds are covered in depth. “Lock to Lock” and “Cradle to Cradle” PPE work practices are encouraged and explained.

Each participant receives a GBC bound text book and materials containing a wealth of information, ideal for future study and reference. This course can be customized to be goal objective and directed to be voltage and equipment specific at a client’s request. Course length varies (3 -4 days) to meet client’s specific requirements.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

Protective Grounding Seminar
Overhead Personal & System Grounding
Course 459

Increased fault currents, crowded transmission, and distribution corridors have rendered single point and multi point or bracket protective grounding methods obsolete in many locations. Workers are always a parallel path when contacting electrical equipment and/or lines. Personal Protective Grounding must provide a low impedance path to divert most of the current around a worker. Higher fault currents and increased induced voltage levels have made this a greater challenge for all systems and engineers.
WHY ATTEND: This course teaches all level of workers the inherent dangers of contacting grounded lines becoming energized from inadvertent energization or grounded lines adjacent to and energized by induction. It also provides workers the knowledge to understand such hazards, appropriate protective measures, and actions they should take to work such equipment safely. A course for managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and electrical workers it explains ground potential rise (GPR) and stresses proper grounding theory, design, and application of modern grounding schemes. Circuit analysis kept to the most basic level is used to explain the issue to all levels of electrical workers.
Personnel protective ground application, installation, and removal, and inspection of grounding systems and equipment are explained using more than 600 animated PPT slides. Practical exercises associated with grounding transmission and distribution conductors are covered in detail using examples. Vehicle grounding advantages and disadvantages are discussed in detail. Grounding substation equipment, busses, conductors, and the use of grounding transformers are explained. Actual field test results of grounding sets being closed in on are discussed effectively comparing single point, bracket, and equal potential grounding.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Managers, Supervisors, Engineers, Safety Professionals, Electrical Craft Workers, or any person who works on electrical equipment, lines or visits electrical work sites has a vested interest in safe work practices and protective grounding. With fault currents magnitudes exceeding 200,000 amps, there are now some locations where standing on the earth is hazardous under certain conditions. All field personnel benefit from this intensive and revealing course.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

HIGH RESISTANCE GROUNDING
Course 463

To achieve the full benefit of a High Resistance or Impedance Grounded (HRG) system requires users, electricians, and system operators to have a fundamental understanding of resistance grounding advantages and limitations.

Failure to properly maintain or operate resistance grounded systems results in increased forced outages, damaged equipment and possibly worker injury. Often cited as a method to reduce the Arc Flash hazard, it only does so for the first fault. Subsequent faults, perhaps caused by workers locating inadvertent grounds, expose workers to the same arc flash intensity of solidly grounded systems. Installing resistance grounded systems does not negate good work practices or reduce the need for appropriate PPE. Generally accepted standards and OSHA require workers to be trained before maintaining or operating HRG systems.

Specifically designed for electrical workers, their supervisors and customers who use or are exposed to high resistance grounded systems. An animated PowerPoint presentation explains proper protocols for the successful operation of a resistance grounded system.

Basic grounding theory, design and application of HRG schemes are presented such that both engineers and craft obtain a working knowledge of the system. Animated PPT slides explain in detail how to use pulsating current to locate and isolate inadvertent grounds.

Accidental grounds cause voltage readings that confuse inexperienced workers. Emphasis is placed on correctly interpreting voltage and current measurements using circuit diagrams and case specific examples.

Grounding and bonding of equipment and circuits are presented in a performance based environment on high resistance grounded systems. Electrical safety and the hazards associated with operating high resistance grounded systems are thoroughly explained.

Contact us at info@atc-trng.com for outlines and additional information on this and other courses. All of our courses can be adapted to meet a client’s specific need.

The PowerPoint materials used in presenting this course are available under a licensing agreement – ask us how you can get a copy!