Tutorial Selections - IEEE ESW 2020







Tuesday 8AM - Noon

  • Ray Crow
  • Daleep Mohla
  • Jim White

NFPA 70E-2021 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Work Place: What Has Changed and Why?

This tutorial will provide key changes and rationale for changes in the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E. NFPA 70E continues to evolve in pursuit of enhancing electrical safety in the workplace. OSHA considers NFPA 70E an industry consensus standard. Safety practices and mitigation techniques included in NFPA 70E are used industry wide to reduce risk of electrical injury to employees in the workplace. The tutorial will include a time for discussions related to items in NFPA 70E.


Tuesday 8AM - Noon

  • Rene' Graves
  • Mark Scott

Get Plugged In: Electrical Safety Principles for Everyone

This tutorial will target safety professionals and others who do not have a formal electrical background. It will provide a comprehensive overview of electrical safe work practices including: basic principles of electrical safety; safety of portable cord-and-plug equipment; basic requirements of OSHA and NFPA 70E; and how to tell if electrical workers are working safely. After taking this tutorial, participants will be able to quickly assess site electrical safety conditions and correct some of the most frequent and obvious safety concerns.


Tuesday 8AM - Noon

  • Hugh Hoagland
  • Marcia Eblen

Arc Flash PPE: Matching to the Hazard. Why does it work?

With the updates in NFPA 70E, ASTM and IEEE standards, many questions have been raised on different equipment configurations. PPE testing standards predate all of these standards. Why do the standards developed in the 1980's and 1990's still work to provide protection? This tutorial will offer significant research, some previously published and some new, to answer the questions and offer insights in practical understanding gathered from research, testing, and accident investigations. The tutorial will discuss issues with testing and matching to hazard assessment along with how arcs in equipment work vs. how arcs work in a lab.


Tuesday 8AM - Noon

  • Jimmy J. Guerrero
  • Amber Wright

Impedance-Grounded Systems - Methods and Applications

This tutorial is intended for technical personnel responsible for, involved in, or dealing with, impedance-grounded systems' design, installation, operation, or maintenance in industrial facilities or settings. Impedance-grounded systems are becoming the norm in the industry for electrical power distribution due to their characteristics and advantages regarding phase-to-ground fault currents. In fact, resistance-grounded systems are usually included when limiting ground fault current magnitudes to manageable levels is required by the industrial process. However, these systems have specific requirements for proper application. This tutorial focuses on clarifying these requirements for effective, safe, and successful applications. Discussion will be based on all applicable standards and guides, as well as best industry practices. Practical activities may be implemented to enhance knowledge transfer.


Friday 1PM -5PM

  • Al Havens
  • Paul Dobrowski

NFPA 70E/OSHA Electrical Safety Regulations - FAQ and Panel Q&A

This tutorial will provide instruction in the use and application of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and OSHA electrical safety regulations in an expert panel-led, FAQ and Q&A format. Members of this panel, including several 70E committee members as well as a retired OSHA employee, will give their opinions based their combined 200 years of experience in electrical safety. This tutorial will provide a forum in which answer typical frequently asked questions as well as encourage questions from the floor by tutorial attendees. Note: the panel members are only giving their informed opinions, not official interpretations of the 70E Standard nor OSHA Regulations.


Friday 1PM -5PM

  • Karl Cunningham
  • Derek Vigstol

NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance

This tutorial will help attendees understand how to meet the maintenance requirements added to NFPA 70E in the last two editions. The foundational business case of electrical preventive maintenance is safety: electrical equipment MUST be maintained properly to be operated safely. Additionally, asset life and production are maximized by proper maintenance. This tutorial provides a complete survey of the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance. Attendees will be familiarized with the document content and its possible future as the current activity of the technical committee is presented. The review will provide guidance on how one may use the current edition to aid in setting up a full Electrical Preventive Maintenance program with specific maintenance and testing procedures and the frequency applicable to the electrical equipment.


Friday 1PM -5PM

  • Jennifer Martin
  • Owen Peters

Generations - Bridging the Gap in the Workplace

The goal of this tutorial is to provide the attendee with a detailed background for each generation in the workplace. Currently, most employers have four or even five separate generations whose work ethic, values, leadership and learning styles have changed over time. Safety training or instruction requires an ability to relate with an individual within the context of their generation, even when the generational gap seems too broad. Learning activities will be employed to highlight the differences between generations and apply this knowledge to identify harmful stereotypes and communication barriers created in the workplace. Attendees will receive practical resources to meld generational differences into organizational strengths and achieve generational harmony in the workplace.