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Skanwear® - Electrical Safety Global Conference 2023

Posted on 14 April 2023

Skanwear® - Electrical Safety Global Conference 2023

Event Overview

This two-day event will see holistic electrical safety topics being covered on Day One, followed by industry specific focus topics on Day Two. On Day Two the attendees will get the option to attend one of the focus groups which are: Wind Energy, Data Centres and Large Industrial. These groups will be running simultaneously.

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Day 1

1. Identifying the Electrical Safety Risks
We will kick off with this short session - each speaker will spend 5-10 minutes covering off the key electrical safety issues they see in their respective fields/industries – these being Wind & Renewables, Data Centres & Large Industrial. We will use SLIDO™ so the audience can vote on importance of each issue to them.

SPEAKERS
Wind: Aamir Shahzad, Global Head of Electrical Operations for Vestas
Data Centres: Andrew Alway, Global Electrical Manager for Amazon Web Services
Large Industrial: Stephen Cooper, National Compliance Manager for Breedon

2. Creating a ‘Safe System of Work’ that works
Creating procedures for removing or reducing the electrical safety risks involved in electrical operations. How we standardise most, if not all, electrical practices to help ensure that employees don’t get injured by the electrical system. Creating an electrical safety program however that actual works for the people that use the program – this will include Authorizations & Permits, Documentation Control, Access Control, Procedures, guides & cards, method statements & risk assessments, LOTO: isolations but also looking at creating directional work flows to standardise, simplify and modernise these procedures. An additional yet important point will be communication – how do you communicate your safe system of working?

SPEAKERS
LEAD: Mark Edwards, Global EHS Programs & Governance Director for FieldCore
Ashley Smith, Engineering Manager for National Grid
Martin Talbot, Lead IBX Engineer for Equinix
Scott Middlebrook, Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer/Operations Director for MACE

3. Competency (Achieving, Maintaining and Verifying)
We have the safe system of work, but we need competent persons’ to operate within the system. Challenges when the demand for skilled and competent electrical workers is increasing but the experienced personnel are retiring. Electrical engineering is no longer the ‘cool’ vocation for most. How do we speed up the learning and competency process without skipping steps that can create additional safety risks caused by incompetence? We will look at Training: Theory V Practical (OTJ), Online/Offline, Competence Expectations (HV & LV), Team Leaders, Duty Holders, Contractor Competency Assessment and Competency Verification.

SPEAKERS
LEAD: Claus Rose, Chief EHS Officer for GE Renewables
Allan Wallice, Global Electrical Safety Manager for ABB
Joe Cunningham, Global Electrical Leader for GE Renewables
Andrew Alway, Global Electrical Manager for Amazon Web Services

4. Why take Electrical Safety Seriously?
What happens when things go wrong? You’re aware of energised cable, you unearth energise cable, you expose the identified risk/hazard but still things can go wrong – Why? What is the impact? What is the solution?

SPEAKERS
Matt & Sarah Nice’s experience

5. Audit, Compliance & Incident Investigation
Assessing how good the Safe System of work is and the people that work within the system. Looking at the method for Audit – what are we auditing / assessing and how are we auditing (tools), Learning & Incident Investigation – how are we investigating accidents or near misses and what are we learning? Auditor Credentials – what makes a good auditor, what to look out for, questions to ask. Risk register – are we establishing a risk register and how are we managing.

SPEAKERS
LEAD: Chris Smith - ABB
Stephen Cooper, National Compliance Manager for Breedon
Jennie Weatherill - Senior Electrical Engineer for RWE Renewables

Day 2

1. Implementing a Global Electrical Safety Program
We have a comprehensive electrical safety program, way of working that prioritises electrical safety but we need to roll out across multiple sites, multiple businesses and multiple regions/countries – how? We will look at the critical elements of an electrical safety program that can be globally applied. Considering legal Compliance - local / regional standards e.g. NFPA 70E, regionalisation of global programs – 80/20 and embedding the program – training programs online/offline, local ambassador/champion creation.

SPEAKERS
LEAD: Allan Wallice, Global Electrical Safety Manager for ABB
Andrew Always, Global Electrical Manager for Amazon Web Services
Joe Cunningham, Global Electrical Leader for GE Renewables
Jennie Weatherill, Senior Electrical Engineer for RWE Renewables

2. Removing / Reducing the Electrical Arc Flash & Shock Risk
Here we acknowledge the risk, but then establish; first how do we engineer out the risk, but then how do we protect our people from the risk? ‘Our people’ being the people that actually do the work – how do we give them the knowledge, procedures, tools and equipment to protect them from Arc Flash or Shock with a particular focus on how engineers physically assess the risk at the point of work and their understanding of steps they should take to work safely. An integral part will be understanding the arc flash risk with and without calculations.

SPEAKERS
LEAD: Jennie Weatherill, Senior Electrical Engineer for RWE Renewables
Marcin Ruta – Owner for MR Power Tech
Aamir Shazhad, Global Head of Electrical Operations for Vestas
Graham Hogg – Owner for Exceltech

3. Industry Focus Groups
(These sessions will run simultaneously and only one group can be attended)
Here we spend the first half of the session aligning on the top 3-4 electrical safety issues within the respective
industry groups – Wind, Data Centres & Large Industrial, and the second half of the session we focus on an audience engagement activity to discuss solutions to the critical issues, leveraging the experience and knowledge of the moderators and panellists.

Wind
Kick off with SafetyOn / Energy Institute perspective of Electrical Safety in wind with Stephen Harrison.

Wind Focused Speakers
Stephen Harrison, Grid Operations Manager for Enercon (also representing Energy Institute)
Aamir Shazhad, Global Head of Electrical Operations for Vestas
Joe Cunningham, Global Electrical Leader for GE Renewables
Jennie Weatherill, Senior Electrical Engineer for RWE Renewables

Data Centre
Kick off with perspective of Electrical Safety in Data Centres with Andrew Alway

Data Centre Focused Speakers
Andrew Always, Global Electrical Manager for Amazon Web Services
Martin Talbot, Lead IBX Engineer for Equinix
Marcin Ruta – Owner MR Power Tech

Large Industrial
Kick off with perspective of Electrical Safety in Construction with Scott Middlebrook

Large Industrial Focused Speakers
Scott Middlebrook, Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer/Operations Director for MACE
Allan Wallice, Global Electrical Safety Manager for ABB
Stephen Cooper, National Compliance Manager for Breedon

Additional Information

Timings
• Day 1 opens Tuesday 9th May at 08:00
• Day 2 opens Wednesday 10th at 08:00
• The event closes on Day 2 at 16:30

Hospitality
• 1 Day attendees will enjoy a complimentary Full English Cooked Breakfast
• 2 Day attendees will enjoy a complimentary Full English Cooked Breakfast both days and also a three-course meal on Tuesday evening.
• Drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided on both days.

Pricing
• Day One (9th): Early Bird: £195.00 / €222 instead of £296 / €337
• Day One (9th) & Two (10th): Early Bird: £295.00 / €336 instead of £383 / €436

Accomodation
For our recommendations on accomodation, please get in touch with contacts below

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Contacts
Ben Cass: Organiser
E: ben.cass@skanwear.com
M: +44 (0) 7305 068 140

Amanda Puxty: Ticket Sales & Queries
E: amanda.puxty@skanwear.com
T: +44 (0) 1302 890390

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