By - Jon Brown

Electric Safety and Compliance in Utilities based on OSHA, IEEE, and the NESC Standards
August 8-9, 2016 | Denver, CO

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Electric utilities place high priorities on providing their workers with safe worksite environment for power line constructions and maintenance. In addition, regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) provide fundamental rules to create a safe working environment for transmission lines workers. These rules are published in OSHA standards and the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

This course covers the foundations of personnel safety for utility work such as:

  • Transmission line and substation maintenance including energized and de-energized work
  • Ground installations within the right of way of transmission lines; such as buildings, parking lots and roadways

Applicable OSHA standards, IEEE standards and the NESC are discussed in conjunction with each topic. The course provides the engineering justifications (modeling and analysis) of the standards and safety codes. Several real-world cases are presented, studied and analyzed in this course. In addition, some of the tools used to analyze the worksites hazards and to test the safety procedures are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

The attendees will review the foundations of electric safety. They will be able to identify hazards and will be able to design effective safety procedures at worksites.


AP_LogoEUCI 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 1.0 CEUs for this course.


Monday, August 8, 2016

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

Fundamentals of Electricity

Electromagnetic Coupling
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Induced voltage due to electrical field
  • Induced voltage due to magnetic field
  • Computation of induced voltage
  • Case studies
Electricity and the Human Body
  • Biological effects of electricity
  • Safe limits of currents and voltages
  • Resistance of human body
  • Definition of grounds
  • Ground resistance of objects
  • Measuring the ground resistance of objects
  • Ground resistance of people
Hazards of Electricity
  • Step potential
  • Touch potential
  • Worksite hazards
Worksite Hazards
  • Identifying hazards
  • Isolation, insulation and grounding techniques
  • Concept of equipotential zone
  • Regulations and standards
De-Energized Work
  • De-energizing worksite
  • Hazards of de-energized lines
  • Grounding
  • Definition of effective grounds
  • Main equipment used as temporary grounds
  • System grounding
  • Local grounding
  • Traveler ground
  • Creation of the equipotential zone
  • Protection of all workers at the worksite (on tower, on scaffolding
  • Inside the boom and on the ground)
  • Real world case studies
  • Safety dilemma
  • Key standards


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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

8:30  – 11:30 a.m. :: Course Timing

Live-Line Work
  • Hazards
  • Basic safety concepts
  • Live-line tools
  • Minimum approach distance
  • Exceptions for bare hand work
  • Aerial work
  • Case Studies
  • Key standards and practices
Work Under Energized Lines
  • Hazards of induced voltage
  • Electric field strength
  • Industry rules on electric field strength
  • Minimum clearance rules
  • Case studies


Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi, Fellow, IEEE

Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of several books including “Electric Safety: Practice and Standards.” He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1980. In 1980 he joined the University of Washington as a faculty member where he is presently a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He also served as the Associate Chair and the Chairman of Graduate Studies and Research. Besides teaching a course on electric safety at the University of Washington, he taught the subject at several international events and for several utilities. He also served as an electric safety consultant and expert witness for OSHA, WISHA and several other organizations. For more information on the author, please visit his website at


Sheraton Denver Tech Center
7007 S. Clinton Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80112

To reserve your room, please call 1-303-799-6200
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $149.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of August 7 – 8, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to July 22, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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