Electric Distribution Safety

Electrical Distribution Safety

December 5, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“Jerry sounded very knowledgeable and gave a lot of good information. It was interesting to hear about his experiences as well.” – California Public Utilities Commission

Electric distribution lines are the thoroughfare for power from the local substation to the distribution transformer which modifies it to usable power for household appliances and commercial/industrial equipment. The power is lethal in that it measures in the thousands of volts and yet it is less than 100 feet from residences and business.

This course provides key insight as to how these power lines can coexist with the general public with relatively few safety-related incidents. Course discussion will cover:

  • Electricity basics and power concepts
  • Best system design practices and industry standards (National Electric Safety Code)
  • System maintenance and repair
  • System fault isolation and storm restoration
  • Protection devices and systems
  • Cost/benefit of design options, especially overhead versus underground lines

Special discounts apply for groups of five or more so register your whole team today!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the electric power system
  • Review hazards and lethal limit of exposure to an electric current
  • Identify and demonstrate hazards that may be encountered in overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Discuss causes of System Fault and Fault Isolation
  • Identify and review use of personal protective equipment necessary for working near energized lines and equipment
  • Evaluate preparations necessary before performing work at distribution work sites
  • Employ the appropriate tools and equipment to use in performing overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Describe the basic steps in making equipment electrically safe to work on, including line de-energization and equipotential grounding


Tuesday, December 5, 2023 : Central Time

7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Introductions

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Electricity Basics & The Safe Power System

  • Ohm’s Law
    • Voltage
    • Current
    • Resistance/Impedance
  • Power
    • Real Power (kW)
    • Reactive Power
    • Apparent Power (kVA)
  • Hazards associated with electric power
    • Stray Voltage
    • Contact Voltage
      • Lethal Limit – Electrocution
    • Arc Flash

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: System Faults and Associated Safety Hazards

  • Impedance
    • Conductor (Line)
    • Fault Impedance
  • Fault Current Levels
    • System Fault Mitigation
  • Overcurrent Protective Devices
    • Phase to Phase
    • Phase to Ground
    • Reach
      • Automated Restoration Schemes

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Safe Electric Distribution Design

  • Overhead Line Construction
    • Structural Strength per NESC
    • Clearances per NESC
      • Vertical
      • Horizontally
  • Underground Line Construction
    • Clearances per NESC

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Operation/Construction Crew Safety

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Regiment of Safety Practices
    • Constant training
      • Equipment
      • Controls
      • Procedures
        • Hot Line Tag
        • Applying Grounds
      • Tools
      • Instruments
    • Procedures
      • Overhead vs. Underground
  • Storm Restoration Hazards
    • Extended working hours
    • Extreme Weather
  • Hazards associated with Distributed Energy Resources


Jerry Josken, Senior Consultant, and Instructor, EUCI

Jerry holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from North Central College. During his 30+ year career with Eaton Power Systems, Jerry served in a variety of engineering capacities. During his tenure with Pike Engineering, Jerry focused on creating and conducting professional development courses for engineers new to the electric utility industry.  Past leadership positions include Chair of IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (2012) and GLEMS Distribution Equipment/Controls Course (2013-2014). Currently, Jerry develops and conducts professional development programs on various power delivery topics for EUCI.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Electrical Distribution Safety

December 5, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

This event is related. A discount for attending both events is available

Transmission Line and High-Voltage Substation Electrical Safety

December 6, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before November 03, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

IACET has authorized EUCI to offer 0.7 CEUs for this course

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org


Who Should Attend?

  • Utility Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • EPC Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • Utility Project Managers and Supervisors
  • EPC Project Managers and Supervisors
  • Construction Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • Utility Contractors
  • EHS Supervisors and Consultants
  • Construction Workers Employed Around Medium-Voltage Systems