Educational Tracks & Breakout Sessions

Conference breakout sessions are organized along five tracks: NECA Safety Systems, Inside Electrical Construction, Outside Electrical Construction, Safety Management Risk, Safety Management Regulations. Session tracks and topics are listed in the table below. But you don’t need to stick to one track during the conference—feel free to mix and match your courses to customize your learning experience!

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General Sessions:





NECA Safety Systems
Inside Electrical Construction
Outside Electrical Construction
Safety Management Risk
Safety Management Regulations




Safety Meeting APP, Tool Box Talks and Checklists The Arc Flash Hazard and the Last Line of Defense (WESTEX) Best Practices ETD Continuing Education Convince Management that Safety Impacts the Bottom Line OSHA Under the New Administration

Session II



NECA Systems Approach to NFPA 70E Guides Tool Ergonomics: Reducing injuries and improving Safety with Power Tools (Milwaukee) The Success of the ET&D Partnership with OSHA How to Use Creative Non-Fiction Narrative to Improve Engagement, Training Benefits, and Learning Transfer Now! OSHA New Silica Regulation and Abatement Methods (Nevada OSHA)

Session III



NECA Guide to Policies and Best Practices (Schneider) Presentation Electrical Safety PPE Best Practices including 1910.269 Osha Safety Review An Employer’s Nightmare: Hiring, Retention & Turnover Burden, Need and Impact: Safety in Construction (NIOSH)

Session IV



NECA Guide to Job Briefing Advances in Technology to Address Electrical Safety Rubber Goods Care and Maintenance Federated Effective Communication NFPA 70B and 70E: Improving Electrical Safety Through Maintenance

Session V



What NECA Safety Has For You! And Electrical Contractor Safety Program Happiness IS Possible – Creating and Implementing a Top Quality AR Clothing Program Human Performance Tools Federated Effective Communication Step Up to BE a Leader, Safety Needs You! (BSCP)


Keynote Speakers

Monday: James Dollard & Carl Potter

James Dollard, IBEW 98

Jim is the Safety Coordinator for IBEW Local 98. He also serves on multiple NFPA committees keeping Local 98 on the cutting edge of codes and standards, which affect our industry. These committees include the UL Electrical Council, NFPA 70E, NFPA 90A and the NEC project, the TCC, CMP-13.

Jim is a Master 500 OSHA instructor working diligently to keep out jobsites safer by working with members, signatory contractors, general contractors and OSHA to provide safe and healthful working conditions for all Local 98 members.

Safety as a Career

Carl Potter, Safety Institute

carlpotterCarl Potter presents keynote addresses, conducts seminars and workshops and consults to corporations and associations that put safety first on the minds of employees, so that everyone can go home every day without injury.

Carl knows what he’s talking about. He spent 17 years with one of the largest electrical utility companies in the United States. Since 1993 Carl has worked with companies to help clients create a safer workplace.

Carl holds a Bachelors Degree in Technical Management and is a Certified Safety Professional. He continues to research, write and speak in areas of motivation and leadership to create a safer workplace.

Leadership Required

Leaders are made, not born and that includes safety leaders. Many people are passionate about safety: passion is only one of several aspects of safety leadership. The world needs more good leaders and industry needs more safety leaders. This workshop is for participants who are in formal leadership roles in their organization. Attendees will learn the importance of 5 elements that can be used develop a successful and sustainable safety culture within their direct reporting personnel. In addition, they will learn how to monitor and improve 5 organizational traits that will solidify the efforts to reach specific safety goals of their group.

Tuesday: Dale Lesinski

Dale Lesinski, DiVal Safety

Dale Lesinski serves as the Vice President of Sales for DiVal Safety Equipment in Buffalo NY. Dale Lesinski has been a featured speaker at the NSC (National Safety Congress) & OSHA VPPPA National and Regional Conferences as well as several local and regional Safety Associations. He also is a frequent guest lecturer for the Undergraduate and MBA programs at several Western New York Colleges and Universities. His ability to incorporate his areas of expertise in Sales, communication, motivation, presentation skills, public speaking and effective training of adult’s learners into his safety message delivers an entertaining and powerful message.

Dale has a proven track record as an effective and entertaining speaker and trainer. As a frequent speaker for safety seminars and companies (Frito Lay, NRG, Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, ITT and Borg Warner) and has educated thousands on several safety topics. Dale Lesinski is also a QSSP (Qualified Safety Sales Representative). In his vast safety sales experience since 1990 he has visited and toured over 500 hundred manufacturing plants and job sites that include virtually every aspect of industry, construction, municipality and utility. Member of National Safety Council and American Society of Safety Engineers.

Safety 4 the Right Reasons

Getting employees to value safety and safe behavior are the constant challenges faced by todays companies. “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains why we behave this way and can be used as the foundation of how to work with employees in avoiding accidents and to value safety. Safe 4 the Right Reasons is basic understanding of human behavior and why we do the things we do. This program Motivates employees in avoiding accidents and to value their own safety and addresses how to get Employee’s to adopt and value safe behavior. Dale offers a fresh approach and makes his message personal for every employee which is the key to his effectiveness. Dale’s ability to incorporate audience participation, fun, humor, real world situations that everyone can relate to and the ability to uncover each and every attendee’s personal motivation for safety has made this presentation a national favorite.

Wednesday: Bill Sims

Bill Sims, Green Bean Leadership

Bill Sims, Jr., is a leadership speaker, author and leadership workshop developer. Bill is also President of The Bill Sims Company, Inc.  For more than 40 years, the Bill Sims Company has created behavior-based recognition programs that have helped large and small firms to inspire better performance from employees and increase bottom line profits.

Beyond Zero Injuries

Millions of dollars are spent in search of Zero Injuries, the “”Holy Grail”” of safety. Many of these efforts have proved beneficial, and yet many others must be questioned. Is Zero the right goal or is there a better one that will drive continuous safety improvement? Join me at this session and learn what lies Beyond Zero, and how this is the goal your culture must strive for to not only survive, but thrive in today’s competitive landscape.

NECA Safety Systems

Safety Meeting APP, Tool Box Talks and Checklists – Dave Carl, Safety Meeting App

This presentation will review the NECA Safety Meeting APP and the updates that have been made to improve and enhance this product for our members. New forms, checklist and Job briefings are now a part of this mobile app that makes jobsite documentation easy and effective.

NECA Systems Approach to NFPA 70E Guides – Wes Wheeler, NECA

The NECA Systems Approach to Electrical Safety for NFPA 70E includes a series of guides meant to help employers, employees and customers understand the requirements found in the standard and easily apply those provisions for compliance. This presentation will offer a preview of five of those guides: “The NECA Guide to Employer’s (Contractor’s) Responsibilities”, “The NECA Guide to Decision Making: Energized vs. De-energized Work”, “The NECA NFPA 70E Personal Protector Equipment (PPE) Selector Guide”, “The NECA NFPA 70E Lockout/Tagout Guide”, and “The NECA Supervisors guide to Jobsite Safety”.

NECA Guide to Policies and Best Practices – Joe O’Connor, Intec

This program will provide information on how to develop and implement company policies related to NFPA 70E. These include policies on Training/Retraining, Justified Energized Work, Voltage Testing and Personal Protective Equipment to name a few. The course will also demonstrate how a company can implement best practices that may go beyond simply complying with the minimum safety requirements found in regulations and will also provide examples that may be used.

NECA Guide to Job Briefing – Joe O’Connor, Intec

This course will discuss the proper ways to conduct Job Briefings with employees. It will provide methods for developing Job Risk Assessments, (JRAs) and/or a Job Hazard Analysis (JHAs) to be used for documenting this required information. There will also be a demonstration of the NECA Safety Meeting App to document jobsite safety meetings and weekly toolbox talks.

What NECA Safety Has For You! And Electrical Contractor Safety Program – NECA

NECA Safety has been busy updating all our publications to the latest standards and regulations that have been issued by consensus and regulatory entities. We have also developed new valuable tools to help our members be successful in managing their safety programs and provide new material for the training of their employees.

Inside Electrical Construction

The Arc Flash Hazard and the Last Line of Defense (WESTEX) – Scott Francis, Westex

This session explores how an arc-rated clothing program can enhance electrical safety. The anatomy of an arc flash, non-FR clothing and body burn, pending revisions to NFPA 70E, FR clothing performance, and how to create an arc rated clothing program with emphasis on task based vs. daily wear and cost/return on investment will be discussed. The cost of FR is obvious and easily quantified, but the actual and potential savings are generally hidden and more difficult to quantify.

Tool Ergonomics: Reducing injuries and improving Safety with Power Tools (Milwaukee)

This presentation will showcase the causes and risk factors of ergonomic injuries in the electrical construction industry, and provide a step by step process to reduce and recognize ergonomic injuries on the jobsite. This presentation will also discuss how Milwaukee Tool makes the jobsite safer through the advancement of technology and attention to safety in design. We use cutting edge scientific measurement equipment to quantify the levels of ergonomic risks which deliver tools such as the surge quiet impact, OneKey Sawzall, braking grinders, and our universal dust extraction with our rotary hammer.

(Schneider) Presentation – Alan Manche, Schneider

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Advances in Technology to Address Electrical Safety – Tim Crnko, Eaton

Since the early days when electricity was harnessed to improve our lives, the industry continually evolves with advances in many areas such as methods and technologies to enhance power reliability, efficiency, and cost. These advancements affect electrical safety related work practices. This presentation discusses some of these trends, advancements in the understanding of electrical safety hazards, and technologies, products, and Code and standard requirements to enhance safe work practices.

Happiness IS Possible – Creating and Implementing a Top Quality AR Clothing Program – Scott Margolin, Tynedale

This presentation will discuss the essential steps to a top quality AR clothing program, from the Do-I-need-AR question through how a best practices program is run over time. Areas of focus will include relevant standards, what is an arc rating, the truth behind arc ratings, how to evaluate fabric options, how to evaluate service providers, the power of choice in driving wearer compliance and happiness, trends to be aware of, how to save money, and proven strategies for managing a program. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the main choices when setting up a new program, the pros and cons of those choices, and how to select and manage vendors; those already in a program will learn strategies for reducing costs, increasing wearer satisfaction and compliance, and reducing AR distraction from your core business.

Outside Electrical Construction

Best Practices ETD Continuing Education – James McGowan, Quantas and Mike McClure

The ET&D Partnership has developed and updated the best practices for the line construction and maintenance requirements for members found in the industry standards. Rubber goods, flame resistant clothing and equipotential grounding are some of the topics to be discussed during this session.

The Success of the ET&D Partnership with OSHA – Matt Compher, Quantas

The ET&D Partnership recently released a whitepaper for OSHA and the OSHA Strategic Partnership Programs highlighting the success of the only national alliance partnership OSHA has in place. Through collaboration in safety and training; contractors, utilities and partnering organizations such as the National Electrical Contractors Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Edison Electric Institute came together with OSHA to help reduce fatalities and incidents through the development of Best Practices for the industry.

Electrical Safety PPE Best Practices including 1910.269 Osha Safety Review – Cindy Meister, Salisbury

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), establishes the standards to how products are manufactured, how they should be used and maintained in the work place. These standards are reinforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to keep workers safe. This course is a recap on understanding the reasons behind why these standards were put in place specific for line utility workers.

Rubber Goods Care and Maintenance – Mike Piazza, Hi-Line

“Did you know ASTM F1236-96 outlines 24 different types of Rubber Goods failures that should be looked for in a required, daily visual inspection and an acceptance (proof) test is required for all new Rubber Goods?

Patented in 1933, the rubber-insulating glove continues to protect workers in the power generation and electrical distribution fields. A highly specialized form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), rubber-insulating equipment (gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, and related products) are important components of safety, and are often the wearer’s first line of defense in the event of an electrical incident. As an integral part of safety, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), both have stringent requirements for visual inspections, failures, and regular testing intervals for these goods.

Human Performance Tools – William Whelan, Utilicon Solutions, LTD

Principles of Human Performance:

  1. People are fallible, even the best make mistakes
  2. Error-likely situations are predictable, manageable, and preventable
  3. Individual behavior is influenced by organizational processes and values
  4. People achieve high levels of performance based largely on the encouragement and reinforcement received from leaders, peers, and subordinates
  5. Events can be avoided by understanding the reasons mistakes occur and applying the lessons learned from past events

Safety Risk Management

Convince Management that Safety Impacts the Bottom Line – Amy Harper, National Safety Council

Companies don’t have unlimited budgets. As a safety practitioner, you’re competing for your organization’s time, talent, and resources – especially financial ones. Attend this session to hear compelling evidence and research supporting the notion that good safety equals good business. Then walk step-by-step through a process for creating your own business case for a safety investment.

How to Use Creative Non-Fiction Narrative to Improve Engagement, Training Benefits, and Learning Transfer Now! – Jonathan Klane, Arizona State University

Many know that stories are a useful training tool with some of us using them in our training. But do we really understand both why they work (and why some types don’t) as well as how best to craft these training “case stories”? We will briefly review some of the research behind the use of narrative as to why it works and why some stories fall flat. We will then explore how the interplay of both structure and content (style and substance) work together to make for compelling narrative. The attendees will then choose which “case stories” to hear that demonstrate a different aspect of adult learning via creative non-fiction. At the end we will take a topic and create a brief narrative that could be used more effectively than a straight information-based approach.

An Employer’s Nightmare: Hiring, Retention & Turnover – Keith Wheeler, HR Resources for the Carolinas

In today’s job market, employers face many challenges that can quickly turn into nightmares. These challenges range from verifying new employee backgrounds keeping coworkers and the public safe, to keeping employees engaged, to preparing for knowledge transfers when long-term skilled employees retire or leave. This session will focus on steps employers should consider to minimize the risk of ineffective hiring and retention practices that can ultimately have a large impact on the organization.

Federated Effective Communication

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Step Up to BE a Leader, Safety Needs You! (BSCP) – Clint Wolfley, Board of Certified Safety Professionals

If you have responsibility for managing professionals or departments, do you have what it takes to be a Leader? Managing and leading are very different approaches. This session will examine the best practices and provide attendees with better leadership tools while focusing on safety leadership.

Safety Management Regulations

OSHA Under the New Administration – Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

“The Safety Lawyer”, Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, will discuss some of the issues that have been a part of the change in administration in Washington DC.

OSHA New Silica Regulation and Abatement Methods (Nevada OSHA) – Dave Murray, State of Nevada

This presentation will look at the new OSHA Silica Regulations and methods of compliance and abatement that electrical contractors can use to keep employees safe.

Burden, Need and Impact: Safety in Construction (NIOSH) – Christine Branche, NIOSH

An update on new and ongoing research in construction safety and health will be provided. Topics will include construction issues appearing in NIOSH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program; construction safety climate and safety culture; the Construction Falls Prevention Campaign and the Safety Stand-Down; and research topics for construction that will likely be addressed in the next decade of the National Occupation Research Agenda.

NFPA 70B and 70E: Improving Electrical Safety Through Maintenance – David Vigstol, NFPA

Proper electrical equipment preventive maintenance often determines the effectiveness of an electrical safety program. Providing for the safety of the worker performing work on electrical equipment requires that the equipment operate properly. Many practices within NFPA 70E require or make the assumption that the equipment is in good working order and has been properly maintained. These practices create the need for an effective electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) program. NFPA 70E and 70B both contain provisions that complement each other in creating an electrical safety program to improve safety for the worker. This presentation examines how work practices within NFPA 70E benefit from proper and effective electrical preventive maintenance.

Preview to the 2018 NFPA 70E

This panel discussion will review some of the new requirements and updates that are scheduled to be a part of the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. Technical Committee members will be on hand to talk about the relocation and layout of articles, updated informational notes and changes from the previous editions of the standards.

Who Should Attend?

Managers of safety and health programs or have similar responsibilities as part of their employment will greatly benefit from attending the conference, including:

  • Safety Professionals
  • CEOs
  • Presidents
  • Upper Level Project Management
  • HR Personnel
  • Supervisors