970-765-5542

2316 W Fox Park Rd
Montrose, Colorado 81401
USA

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CASTLE ROCK SAFETY, LLC

WHO WE ARE

A Safety Expert Committed to Excellence

Picking the right safety consultant can be challenging. You want a someone that has experience, industry knowledge, and, of course, innovative ideas.


Mike Bahr has been developing and conducting electrical safety training programs for over 30 years. The programs that he has developed have been used to train thousands of electrical workers worldwide


 

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Clients Have to Say

 

Mike is one of the best Safety Consultants around. A true professional.

L Dyer, OEL

Mike's been doing some work for AES in this part of the world examining the Electrical Safety Rules and Work Management Processes a real insight where significant safety and reliability gains can be made, including training based on NFPA 70E.
We were hugely impressed how Mike dominates electrical safety and how easy he gets along with our operatives to understand the technical complexities, all his skillsets were of benefit for our AES sites in CIS, Asia, Africa and Europe.

B Vranes, AES Corporation

The training was a huge success.  Mike did an outstanding job with the electrical safety training.  I received many positive comments which include, but are not limited to:

“I usually don’t enjoy this type of training, but I enjoyed the class.  Mike kept it interesting”

“I learned a lot.  I didn’t realize the risks I’ve been taking”

“The training really opened my eyes to the hazards and what can happen”

“The instructor did an outstanding job”

“That was the best safety class I have ever been to”


I probably had 20+ people who made comments similar to the above.

The technicians were especially impressed with Mike’s ability to present the material at a level which they could relate to their daily activities.  I have witnessed a culture change.

J Daniel, Georgia Gulf

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MIKE BAHR

Mike Bahr brings over four decades of experience in the electrical field to his presentations and programs to help people avoid the pain and suffering of workplace injury to electrical workers. Mike has dedicated his career to the development of safety training programs for both private industry and government clients. He has developed and presented personal protective grounding and arc flash training worldwide and is a former principal member of the NFPA 70E committee (Electrical Safety in the Workplace). He also served as the principal investigator for the development of the Department of Energy (DOE) electrical safety program.

 

What We Offer

Personal Protective (Equipotential) Grounding

Fundamentals of Arc Flash Safety, Calculations, and Regulations for Utilities

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GROUNDING THINK ELECTRICALLY, NOT MECHANICALLY

Since 1994, OSHA has required grounding practices that will protect employees in the event that the line or equipment on which they are working becomes re-energized. The equipotential zone, or EPZ, is made to do just that.
 

OSHA’s requires the employer to install temporary grounds and bonds at the worksite in such a manner that keeps the worksite at the same potential and prevents harm to workers even if the line is accidentally re-energized or exposed to induced voltages.
This 1 day course will help participants to understand the current rules and regulations that require the employer to assess the workplace and develop grounding practices that will protect personnel working on or near deenergized lines and equipment.

 

This course will follow a review of several serious accidents involving improper grounding practices.  The course will cover methods to manage electrical hazards effectively when dealing with deenergized electrical circuits.  The course will cover the difference between grounding and bonding and help attendees to think electrically, not mechanically when installing personal protective grounds.

By drawing from personal experience, Mike will answer important questions regarding Personal Protective Grounding, including, but not limited to:

  • What regulations require personal protective grounding?

  • What methods are available to perform equi-potential grounding?

  • Single phase or three phase?

  • Bracket or single point grounding?

  • What type of work exposes an employee to a reasonable likelihood that an electrical exposure could occur?

  • What are the hazards with working in series or parallel with the grounding system?

  • What are the electrical sources that may endanger the worker?

  • What is the equipotential zone of protection?

  • What is the proper method for installing and removing grounds

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss developing a safe work plan

  • Identify Potential Hazards

  • Establish the Work Practices / Barriers for the Job to Manage the Hazards

  • Define Background and Definitions

  • What is the Difference between Grounding and Bonding?

  • Applying Grounding

  • Applying Bonding

  • Power System Source

  • Job Site and Work Area

  • Downlead (Pole Ground)

  • Induction

  • Conductor Stringing Grounding

  • Working from the Structure

  • Working on the Ground

  • Splicing Conductor

  • Equipment / Material Entering or Leaving the Equipotential Zone

  • Working from a Bucket

  • Single Phase Line with System Neutral

  • Working Procedures for Bonded Sections of Two or Three Phase Lines

  • Wood Poles with Downleads

  • Steel Towers / Steel Poles / Concrete Poles

  • Cutting Open Wire or Jumpers

  • Guyed Structures

  • Grounding inside a Substation

  • Underground Distribution

  • Inspection and Maintenance

  • Grounding Equipment and Vehicles

  • Grounding Non-insulated vs insulated Aerial Devices

CONTACT

Do you have a training needs? Get in touch today and let us help get the job done right.

Address:

2316 W Fox Park Rd
Montrose, Colorado 81401
USA

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Phone:

970-765-5542

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF ARC FLASH SAFETY, CALCULATIONS, AND REGULATIONS FOR UTILITIES COURSE

Arc flashes release energy hotter than the surface of the sun, spray molten metal and create sound blasts as loud as a gun. Each year, thousands of arc flash incidents occur, resulting in burn injuries, hospitalizations and fatalities.
 

Arc flashes occur when a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another or to ground, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
 

This 1 day course which is specifically designed for utilities will provide attendees with the experience, tools and education that will help them to conduct the arc flash assessments that electric utilities are required perform in order protect their field workforce from the dangers of arc flash.
 

This course will help participants to understand the current rules and regulations that require the employer to assess the workplace to determine which employees are exposed to hazards from flames or from electric arcs. This course will help the participants choose a method of calculating incident heat energy that reasonably predicts the incident energy to which the employee would be exposed. 

By drawing from personal experience, Mike will answer important questions regarding arc flash hazard assessment, including, but not limited to:

  • What regulations require arc flash assessment?

  • What methods are available to perform arc flash hazard analysis?

  • Single phase or three phase?

  • Are all my employees exposed?

  • What type of work exposes an employee to a reasonable likelihood that an arc flash could occur?

  • Should I use the table method or calculation method?

  • After the assessment, what clothing is required?

  • What information am I required to transfer to my contractors?

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the arc flash hazard potential

  • Explain the regulatory requirements

  • Define which regulation applies to your company

  • Define arc flash assessment methods

  • Discuss how to make estimates over multiple system areas

  • Explain how to choose between the table method and the calculation method of arc flash hazards assessment

  • Explain how to identify those employees who may as a result of the work they perform be exposed and how to determine the probability that an arc will occur

  • Discuss how to select a reasonable distance from the arc to the employee

  • Discuss how to select a reasonable arc gap

  • Identify when to use single phase vs three phase calculations

  • Discuss how to reduce arc flash clothing costs

  • Explain arc flash clothing layering