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Training Department Highlights

February 6 — 7, 2019

New Arc Flash Standards (IEEE 1584)

The latest Arc Flash edition of IEEE 1584 is a major game changer. Almost everything has changed since the original 2002 edition was introduced.

This two-day course provides in-depth techniques for designers and facility operators to assess the hazards in the work place; determine the arc flash hazard distance and the incident energy to which employees could be exposed; select/apply the correct personal protective equipment (PPE); and document all assessments.

This course covers the following aspects of the latest edition:

  • Five different electrode configurations to enable more detailed modeling:
    • Vertical electrodes in a metal box/enclosure – VCB (also in 2002 edition)
    • Vertical electrodes terminated in an insulating barrier in a metal box/enclosure – VCCB
    • Horizontal electrodes in a metal box/enclosure – HCB
    • Vertical electrodes in open air – VOA (also in 2002 edition)
    • Horizontal electrodes in open air – HOA
  • More choices for enclosure types and sizes
  • Enclosure correction factor calculations to adjust for specific enclosure sizes
  • Calculations for arcing current variation factors
  • Voltage equations and interpolation to actual voltages 
  • Elimination of the differences between grounded vs. ungrounded
  • Elimination of the 125 kVA transformer exception

Who Should Attend:
Electric utility engineering managers, engineers, and others responsible for developing arc flash standards and/or studies for their utility.

January 9 — 10, 2019

PCB Management - Foundational & Advanced Training

This course provides practical help for electric utilities, and is filled with utility best practices on how to gain and maintain compliance with U.S. EPA rules regarding PCB use and management.

Day 1 will focus on foundational PCB issues for attendees who are just beginning their education on this complex subject. On day 2 we will transition to more advanced PCB regulatory issues, including remediation waste cleanups, decontamination options, and management of non-PCB equipment and waste oils. Learn best practices for compiling PCB records and EPA-required annual documents, and also learn what other utilities are doing to meet state and federal regulations. An overview of upcoming trends and changes will also be covered.

Who Should Attend:
All utility operations and technical personnel, as well as employees who are involved in managing, handling, and maintaining records and EPA reports for PCB items and PCB waste.


Northwest Public Power Association