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Session Descriptions

“Conducting” Job Briefings

Improved job briefings = improved safety. This fast paced, high energy presentation packed with practical action items will discuss how to conduct effective and engaging job briefings

Emphasis will be placed on communication, empowerment, and what it means to “conduct” a job briefing. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to provide training on job briefings along with how they should be conducted and evaluated.

Cognitive Impairment: A Causal Factor to Consider

Consideration of human factors must be part of every incident analysis. Cognitive impairment has a profound effect on the way employees reason through safety risks associated with their jobs, especially in the high-hazard electric utility industry. This presentation will provide information on human factors that impact causation of incidents, including supporting case studies.

Learning objectives include:

  • Being able to define cognitive impairment and the resulting effects on judgment
  • Understand how to identify and respond to unfocused workers.

De-escalating Volatile Situations in the Field

Having solid de-escalation skills is more important now than ever. And for utility employees, de-escalating volatile situations in the field requires unique skills that typical training programs fail to address. This session will focus on the specific training needs of utility employees and introduce the skills and approaches for effective conflict de-escalation.

Learning objectives include:

  • Basic situational awareness concepts
  • The obstacles and issues of de-escalation in the field
  • Effective de-escalation methods and training approaches.

Distribution Cover Up: How to Achieve Insulation & Isolation Part 1

Distribution Cover Up: How to Achieve Insulation & Isolation Part 2

Effective Connectoring Practices

A practical guide to why we need connectors as well as how to apply safe and effective Connectoring Practices while terminating and splicing electrical conductors in Underground and Overhead Primary and Secondary Applications. Tim will provide handouts aligned to PP to compare and contrast different conductors’ resistivity, conductivity, and connector compatibility discussing clamping forces, cold-flow, and focused examples of failures.

Learning objectives include: 

  • Explore conductor configurations
  • Review connector Designs
  • Explain clamping Forces
  • Describe cold Flow
  • Reinforce principles of Copper applications
  • Reinforce principles of Aluminum applications
  • Practical application of proper tooling.

Electric Power Safety Standards Simplified

Electric power organizations have high-risk work activities that require robust safety standards. Electric power regulatory and consensus standards play an important role in the design and application of robust safety standards within your organization. Sometimes these standards are hard to read and interpret, so they may not be used to their full value. This session will identify types of electric power standards and provide best methods on how to use them. After attending this session, participants will have the knowledge to explain the role of electric power standards within their organizations; describe the differences between regulatory, consensus and industry best practices; identify applicable electric power safety standards; and use electric power safety standards to develop robust, value-driven company safety standards.

Frontline Leadership: The Hurdle

It’s hard to jump over a hurdle from a standing position. And leadership has its share of hurdles. Like an athlete needs to focus on their run up, which includes preparation and training, to jump over hurdles, leaders must have an effective run up to overcome their hurdles.

This presentation discusses the run up of culture creation and developing relationships while defining what leadership is and outlining characteristics and skills shared by successful leaders.

Participants will develop a more complete definition of leadership through insights, principles, and scenarios shared throughout the presentation and walk away with an understanding of how to practice leadership and maximize their effectiveness and potential.

Identifying and Responding to Unique Hazards During Storm Restoration

Session facilitator Doyle Totty will lead attendees of this session through a discussion of how to identify and respond to unique hazards during storm restoration. There will be an emphasis on safety during storm work and restoration techniques for different storm events.

Line Clearance / Tree Trimming Panel

Exciting Industry Announcement! In 2022 the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) will begin offering a CUSP certification developed specifically for workers in the utility industry providing Line Clearance /Tree Trimming services.

Hear from our experienced panelists of Line Clearance / Tree Trimming professionals who have been serving on the committee tasked with building out a dedicated Body of Knowledge and corresponding exams for this new industry certification. Share experiences and hear solutions as the industry comes together on behalf of the Line Clearance crews.

Lineworker Safety and Tool Training

Join this unique session that features a 40-foot demonstration trailer where the presentation will be completed in a safe outdoor environment using three-phase power. All attendees will be behind safety barriers and presentation tables, allowing for real-time questions and participation. Topics to be covered include the functionality of voltage detectors and phasing meters; proper and improper work methods; incident review and prevention; arc flash prevention; measuring voltage across a lineworker’s body; proper device care and battery testing; and care of temporary personal grounds.

Luck Is Not A Strategy

Risky behaviors plus a little bit of luck can still get good results. How much do we rely on luck to keep us safe? What can we do to eliminate the need for luck? In this session, we will explore the role of luck in keeping us safe, encouraging risky behaviors, and giving us a false sense of comfort. We will also take a look at the big picture role of Human Performance in eliminating the need for luck and how we can know if we are lucky or good.

Learning objectives include: Recognize our daily over-reliance on luck to keep us safe Identify was to mitigate the need for luck Encourage near miss reporting and direct observations

Modeling Actionable Safety

This session will feature interactive simulations with audience volunteers to demonstrate what modeling and practicing actionable safety looks like. It will also include storytelling and case studies of incidents in which one early modification would have significantly changed the outcome. Additionally, attendees of this session can expect to learn how to employ mental simulations for high-consequence, low-probability situations, plus how modeling fosters interactive engagement and primes subconscious behaviors.

Networking Lunch & Panel Discussion: Utility Line Clearance Arborist Endorsement

Exciting Industry Announcement! In 2022 the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) will begin offering a CUSP certification developed specifically for workers in the utility industry providing Line Clearance /Tree Trimming services.

Hear from our experienced panelists of Line Clearance / Tree Trimming professionals who have been serving on the committee tasked with building out a dedicated Body of Knowledge and corresponding exams for this new industry certification. Share experiences and hear solutions as the industry comes together on behalf of the Line Clearance crews.

Our People are Usually Pretty Safe

Have you ever heard or said a statement like that? At first, it seems like it’s a good thing, right? But as we start to look closer, words like “usually” and “pretty” can make a big difference in whether we are safe or not. In this session, participants will learn to define what safety should look like, how to identify at least three things that set us up to usually be pretty safe, and to develop effective tools and practices to transform “usually” to “always.”

Panel Discussion: Protecting Workers from Violent Acts

Having an effective workplace violence program is essential in today’s world, especially for workers in the utility industry with high-risk factors such as public interaction and working alone or in small groups. This panel will discuss what needs to be included in an effective workplace violence program to prevent violent and hostile acts and train workers on what to do if they are involved in violent situations.

Paying Attention Can Make All the Difference: Situational Awareness in the Field

In the field, utility employees face increasing hostility that can lead to violence. These employees need a solid understanding of situational awareness and how to maintain it while still getting the job done. This session offers a look at the unique situational awareness needs of utility workers and how awareness training can fall short in addressing those issues. It will introduce basic awareness concepts and delve into security issues facing today’s utility employees.

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain an understanding of the need for enhanced awareness
  • Learn basic situational awareness concepts
  • Identify practical methods of improving awareness.

Personal Protective Grounding: What Works & What Doesn’t Part I

Personal Protective Grounding: What Works & What Doesn’t Part II

Soar to New Safety Heights: Lessons on Partnership, Focus & Leadership from an Air Force Fighter Pilot

Jeff “Odie” Espenship is a former USAF A-10 fighter pilot, and current international airline pilot who understands the unique challenges for those who work in high risk and often dangerous work environments. When mishaps occur, we learn from it, but the real vision is in front. The pathway to a safer workplace is leadership creating and maintaining partnerships (wingmen), who foster job cultures that embrace:

Learning Objectives:

  • Zero Shortcuts
  • Courage to Speak up / Courage to Listen
  • Adherence to Procedures
  • Admitting mistakes so others may learn

Odie will share his story of tragically losing his brother in an aviation accident, but more importantly he will share the life leadership and partnership lessons he’s learned so you can apply them at work and home tomorrow.

Stopping When Uncertain

Many organizations claim they provide their workforce with stop work authority, yet it is not always fully understood or applied correctly. This session – which will be presented using a combination of live and video-based training – will cover how to leverage your stop work authority to keep yourself, others and company assets safe; the important relationships that exist between stopping when uncertain and a questioning attitude; why you should distance yourself from the work area when conducting a proper stop; the impact of the halo effect on decision-making; and proper determination of start-work criteria after conducting a stop.

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture

In this session, facilitator Rod Courtney will present seven specific habits that help to create a proactive, value-driven, operationally based safety culture in any environment. Attendees can expect to learn what a habit is, how long it takes to create one and ways to implement the seven habits.

Thermal Hazard Safety: Building Organizational Resilience by Improving Human Performance

Potentially catastrophic thermal hazards (arc flash and flash fire) lurk in the Utility industry. PPE Best Practices will help avoid catastrophic incidents. One of the latest schools of safety thought is centered around building resilience. Resilience is the capacity to respond, absorb, adapt and recover in a disruptive incident. Now, the main question is no longer, only, how do we prevent incidents, but rather, how well will our organization absorb and recover from the event without major injury? Most incidents are the result of human error. Everyone commits errors! The latest NFPA consensus standards provide guidance on developing human performance, uncover protective and preventative PPE best practice measures that help improve safety culture and build organizational resilience.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Utilize the latest NFPA consensus standards, (NFPA 70E) to provide guidance on developing human performance to improve the safety culture and build organizational resilience.
  • Identify some of the key human error precursors plaguing your organization’s safety program and determine human performance tool remedies to counter these error precursors.
  • Understand how various human error precursor “states” impact PPE use and how human performance tools and PPE program “best practices” help improve human performance.

Transformer Connection Planning

A systematic, critical-thinking, 12-Step Process for making safe and appropriate Overhead Transformer Bank Connections that reduce risk to workers, meets utility expectations, and safeguards the public welfare. Tim will provide handouts and a aligned powerpoint to explain step-by-step procedures of ‘thinking-through’ and build a plan for connections before physically making them.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Review basic transformer elements
  • Choose primary system connections
  • Draw simple vector diagrams
  • Evaluate internal winding connections
  • Select ‘No-Load Tap-Changer’ settings
  • Build secondary service connections
  • Examine current-load and fusing options
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