"Dog Days of Summer" Webinars


with Tony Boyd, CUSP, ISPC Senior Consultant
8/6/20 @ 10:00 am CST     &     8/11/20 @ 1:00 pm CST


4 hours (in two sessions) 

The scope of this four-hour training course (over two sessions) is designed for those who work on or near electrical hazards, both underground and on the pole. Topics to be discussed over both two-hour sessions include electrical safety awareness, overhead distribution system recognition, pole climbing rescue, bucket truck rescue, minimum approach distances and grounding principles, as well as arc flash hazard awareness, the NESC Part 4 work rules, and electrical cover gear.


with Ronald J. Schenk, CUSP, President of ISPC
8/11/20 @ 10:00 am CST


1 hour

So, you have your training program, but now you need for it to be endorsed by a certifying authority.  Where do you go and what do you do?  In this session you will learn about the options available in Training Program Certification.


with Ted Granger, CUSP, ISPC Human Resource Specialist
8/13/20 @ 1:00 pm CST


2 hours

Over the years, great safety improvements have been accomplished by implementing various safety controls including Engineering-Out risks, Safety Devices, Administrative Controls, Safer Tools and Equipment, and PPE.  These, in addition to safety procedures and methods based on regulatory standards and best practices, have significantly reduced injuries in the workplace.

The remaining challenge in safety is to ensure that our employees are using these tools and methods on a consistent basis. This is where Human Performance (HP) comes in. Human Performance is, in its simplest form, why people do what they do and what are the results of what they do. This webinar is a study of Human Performance, the principles and how they apply in our Electric Utility world. 

Concepts to be discussed in the HP webinar include:

  • History of Human Performance
  • Actions based on biases
  • Traps & triggers
  • Types of errors and error-likely situations
  • Performance modes
  • The anatomy of an event
  • HP tools and how to apply them in our T&D world


with Dan Taylor, CUSP, ISPC Distribution and Transmission Specialist
8/13/20 @ 10:00 am CST


1 hour


  • Employees need to know the purpose, the function and restrictions or the energy controls. Authorized, affected, and other employees


  • Employees who are responsible for implementing the energy controls
  • Hazardous energy source recognition
  • The type and magnitude of the hazardous energy sources in the work place
  • Energy-control procedures, including methods and means to isolate and control energy sources

Affected Employees

  • Recognize when the energy-control procedure is being used
  • Understand the purpose of the procedure
  • Understanding the importance of not tampering with lock out/tag out device.

The employer must develop, document, and use energy control procedures. Employees are required to review their procedures at least once a year.

MAD in T&D

with Jim Vaughn, CUSP, ISPC Senior Consultant
8/27/20 @ 1:00 pm CST


2 hours

MAD in T&D clearly explains both the electrical concepts of ‘air’ as insulation and cover-up requirements related to Minimum Approach Distances as well as the OSHA rules for MAD. The session covers MAD in distribution, transmission and substations and the related requirements for ‘insulation and isolation’ that are alternatives to as well as part of protecting qualified workers from electrical contact exposures.


with Tony Boyd, CUSP, ISPC Senior Consultant
8/20/20 @ 10:00 AM CST


2 hours

Identifying hazards associated with energized lines and equipment. Working around energized lines and equipment require lineworkers to be qualified in the concepts and work practices of insulate and isolate best practices. Lineworkers rely on these principles to stay safe. This webinar will refresh best practices techniques for the safety person also.


with David V. Johnson, CUSP, ISPC Low Voltage Specialist
8/25/20 @ 10:00 am CST     &     8/26/20 @ 10:00 am CST     &     8/27/20 @ 10:00 am CST


3 hours (in three parts)

Basic electricity requires some insight into physics, terminology and safety related concepts. Here is a series of three 60 minute seminars taught by a long time Master electrician who speaks electricity in common language. Where necessary trade jargon and scientific terms essential to a well grounded understanding of electricity are used and explained. Most importantly, why someone needs to know this basic information is a common thread in these presentations.

Webinar #1: What is Electricity?

  • Early and contemporary theories
  • Physics of atomic theory
  • Static electricity and lightning
  • Magnetism
  • Voltage and current

Webinar #2: Alternating Current

  • Induced Electromotive Force (EMF)
  • Characteristics of AC
  • Power in AC circuits
  • Resistance, Inductance
  • Capacitance

Webinar #3: Sources of Electrical Energy

  • Mechanical generators
  • Chemical cells (batteries)
  • Solar cells
  • Thermoelectric devices
  • Nuclear reactors


with Jim Vaugh, CUSP, ISPC Senior Consultant
9/1/20 @ 1:00 pm CST


2 hours

This webinar introduces the novice electrical worker to the equipment and related hazards associated with utility electric substations. The intent of this session is to qualify a worker to enter a substation with the ability to identify and avoid hazards. The webinar topics include a tutorial on substation design, relay purpose and basic function, grounding, bonding and surge suppression. The apparatus section covers purpose and basic function as well as the hazards represented and avoidance of risk associated with each type of equipment.


with Dan Taylor, CUSP, ISPC Distribution & Transmission Specialist
9/1/20 @ 10:00 am CST


1 hour

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Hazardous conditions
  • Hazard recognition (eyes and ears of the company)
  • Basic legal principle (Imputed Negligence)
  • Responsibility to the company


with Jim Vaughn, ISPC Senior Consultant
9/3/20 @ 10:00 am CST & 9/4/20 @ 10:00 am CST


6 hours (in two sessions)

This webinar will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an effectively bonded equipotential zone for any workplace. The seminar also covers scenarios where PPG is more difficult to achieve and presents the alternative to provide the best protection available for employees.

The first webinar session focuses on the principles of current flow in grounded systems giving the participant the technical knowledge to make effective assessments of hazards and remediation of exposures from both inadvertent re-energizing and induction risks.

The second session reviews case histories and techniques.The webinar addresses T&D and mobile equipment exposures.


with Ted Granger, CUSP, ISPC Human Resource Specialist
9/10/20 @ 10:00 am CST


2 hours

Year after year, organizations put initiatives in place to improve their safety performance, but too often these initiatives do not deliver the expected results on an ongoing basis. This webinar will address the importance of sustainability and various methods to achieve sustainably safety performance success.

  • Topics to be discussed include:
  • Building safety into your business plan.
  • How to get leadership to focus on leading indicators.
  • To manage something, you have to measure it.
  • The right measurement and tracking give you predictability.
  • How to Measure:
    • Culture Training
    • Hazard Recognition
    • Behaviors
    • Near Hits
    • Corrective Actions