Tag: Wednesday October 27

Root Cause Analysis

Join this session to gain a greater understanding of when a root cause analysis should be utilized. Learning objectives include how to investigate the incident scene; interview witnesses and affected employees; distinguish fact from fiction; use the 5 Why theory of root cause analysis and the fishbone method of information gathering; and complete a report.

Substation Safety: What We Can’t See Can Hurt Us

This session will focus on the hazards of induction, objectionable current flow and gradient potential, as well as how to mitigate these hazards. Special consideration will be given to temporary protective grounding and equipment bonding, which are especially important in substation ground grids. Case studies will be presented, including those regarding serious injuries from operating gang switches and an induction fatality. Learning objectives for this session include defining the qualifications and training requirements for substation personnel; describing hazardous conditions, including induction, objectionable current flow, gradient potential and arc flash; and determining methods to mitigate hazards.

Thermal Hazard Safety: Building Organizational Resilience by Improving Human Performance

Potentially catastrophic thermal hazards lurk in the electric utility industry. PPE best practices will help to avoid catastrophic incidents. One of the latest schools of safety thought focuses on building resilience, or the capacity to respond, absorb, adapt and recover during a disruptive incident. Now the question is no longer how do we prevent an incident, but rather, how well will our organization absorb and recover from the event without major injury? The latest NFPA consensus standards provide guidance on developing human performance, uncovering protective and preventive PPE best practice measures that help improve safety culture and build organizational resilience. Attendees of this session can expect to learn how to utilize the latest NFPA consensus standards to provide guidance on developing human performance; identify some of the key human error precursors plaguing your organization’s safety program and determine human performance tool remedies; and understand how various human error precursor states impact PPE use.

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.

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 must focus on their run-up to jump over hurdles, which includes preparation and training, leaders must have an effective run-up to overcome their hurdles.

This presentation covers the run-up of culture creation and developing relationships while also 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 they’ll walk away with an understanding of how to practice leadership and maximize their potential and effectiveness.

The Seven 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.

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.

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.”

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.
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