Safety Considerations in Combined Cycle Plants
February 1, 2018
Nashville, TN

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The development of a work culture focused on safety is one of the most important elements to successful operation of any power plant, including combined cycle power plant.  Without the establishment of a culture of safety, there is always the potential for everyday accidents to turn into   fatal accidents.  Most incidents can be avoided.  Unfortunately, often times, issues in safety are not addressed until after there has already been an accident.

Both new power plant employees and seasoned personnel can benefit from this course which focuses on safety hazards prevalent in a combined cycle power plant.  The course will provide attendees with an understanding of typical hazards and how to avoid them, as well as a more in depth understanding of not only the importance of simple safety procedures, like lock out/tag out, but what these terms really mean and why they are so important.  By using actual examples, attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of safety in the workplace for themselves and their co-workers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of a culture of safety
  • Review basic combined cycle power plant equipment
  • Discuss how safety processes work
  • Gain exposure to safety procedures
  • Discuss past industry experiences
  • Review safety hazards in the combined cycle power plant, including, electrical safety, mechanical safety, and chemical hazards
  • Explain the importance of reporting and documenting



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Case Studies
Power Point presentations


Thursday, February 1, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

The Importance of a Culture of Safety

  • Safety as a core competence
  • The sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise
  • Texas City and Deepwater Horizon
  • Kleen Energy

Power Plant Overview

  • Basic energy concepts
  • Basic plant equipment
  • Combustion turbine
  • HRSG
  • Steam turbine
  • Equipment arrangement

Safety Hazards in a Combined Cycle Power Plant

  • Risk management
    • Risk assessment plan
    • Assure and control risks before starting work
    • Plan requirements
  • Lock out/Tag out
    • One person, one lock, one key
    • Equipment that is locked out is not to be operated
  • Electrical safety
    • Check for the absence of voltage before starting work
    • Direct contact with electricity
    • Arc flashes
    • Safety measures: Requiring all workers to wear flame-resistant clothing, frequently conducting electrical hazard and awareness training, and requiring a safety review for every job profile.
  • Machine safety
    • Prevent access to dangerous parts
    • Enclosures, casings, screens, fences, guards, etc.
  • Working at elevation
    • Safety lines and tie off
    • Loose debris and equipment
    • Proper platforms, ladders, and railings
  • Excavation works
    • Any excavations or openings must be protected
    • Do not enter an unprotected trench
  • Lifting operations
    • Maintain a safe distance from any suspended loads
    • Hoist routes should minimize the potential for contact
  • Confined space
    • Enter only with a permit to work
    • Verify access and egress
  • Chemical hazards
    • Chemical awareness
    • Contact with hazardous chemicals. Chemicals include corrosives (acids and bases), oxidizers, and solvents.
    • Safety measures: Hazardous Material Identification System, safety showers and eye wash equipment and maintenance.
    • Material safety data sheets, safety data sheets
      • Definition
      • How to obtain a MSDS
      • MSDS content; how to read an MSDS
  • High temperature piping and ductwork
    • Pipe racks
    • Access doors
    • Insulation
    • Boilers
      • Causes of boiler accidents (equipment failure, operator error, low water conditions etc.)
      • Safety measures: operator training, maintenance and testing of safety devices, and equipment upgrades.
  • Vehicle movement
    • Maintain a safe distance from operating vehicles
    • Visibility
  • Control of contractors
    • Contractors must obey the safety rules
    • Any accidents still fall back on the plant owner

Examples of safety hazards in day to day operations

  • Uncontrolled and controlled release of fluids
  • Handling chemicals
  • Gas-path explosions
  • HRSG gas-path inspections
  • Major steam leaks

The importance of reports and documentation

The importance of safety procedures must be impressed upon all employees


Carl R. Bozzuto, Member and Secretary Treasurer, Board of Directors of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners

Carl Bozzuto has more than 40 years of experience in combustion and boiler operations and research. He began his career as a research engineer, senior project engineer, manager, and director for Combustion Engineering Inc. Carl was named vice president of process technology for the company, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of new boiler and power plant technologies, including advanced cycles, ultra supercritical boilers, alternative working fluids, fluid bed boilers, plant integration, and other plant component technology. Serving recently as vice president of technology for the Power Environment Sector at Alstom Power Inc., he was responsible for the development and implementation of new technology for boiler and environmental products on a worldwide basis. 

Bozzuto holds 16 U.S. patents and membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Combustion Institute, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has authored more than 30 published technical papers and is editor-in-chief of the textbook Clean Combustion Technologies, published by Alstom Power in 2009. Bozzuto has earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in management from the Hartford Graduate Center.


The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

To reserve your room, please call 1-615-889-0800 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $151.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of January 28 – 31, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to January 8, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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