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Electrical Safety for Energetic and High Risk Locations (NFPA 780)

This three- or four-day course is being developed currently.  Expected delivery in the first Qtr 2024.

Course Objectives:  Understand NFPA-780, NFPA-495, UFC Codes, and other applicable standards. The course will investigate how and why damage can occur and outline those approved defenses, when properly employed, for maximum lightning protection and electrical safety for energetic and high risk facilities. 

Targeted Topics:

  • Fundamental Concepts of Lightning Protection including: Lightning Physics 101;  Lightning Characteristics; Lightning Safety Overview. 

  • Risk Assessment. Probabilities and Realities.

  • The Grounding & Bonding Imperative: Definition & Guidelines; Electro-Geological Model; Design Options; Solutions for Difficult Grounding Situations; Shielding & Bonding Examples; Case Studies. 

  • Exterior Lightning Protection for a Complex Facility: Air Terminals; Approved Designs – Franklin/Masts/Overhead/Faraday-Like Shield; Geometric and Rolling Ball Theories. Selection of Approved Air Terminal Options; Down Conductors; Overview of Grounding and Ground Measurements.

  • Interior Lightning Protection for the Electrical System of a Complex Facility including Communications & Data Lines: Families of Surge Protection Devices: Locations; Technologies; Performance; Specifications; Installation; Codes & Standards; Recommended Vendors. Exam.

  • Lightning Protection for High Risk Facilities including Explosives & Weapons Storage, Chemical, Electronics, Communications Operations. Going Beyond the Codes. Case Studies. 

  • Relevant Codes & Standards., described in detail according to class composition. Examples: NFPA-780; US Air Force AFI 32-1065 and AFMAN 91-201; UFC 3-575-01; US Army PAM 385-64; NFPA-70; OSHA.

  • Lightning Detection:  USA Lightning Distribution; Available Detector Technologies – Pros & Cons; Recommendations. 

  • Inspection, Maintenance and Testing: Checklists for Facilities; Review Failures; In-Field Measuring (where available) w/ Fall of Potential and Clamp-On Test Meters with participation by class attendees. 

  • Lightning Protection for Outdoor Workers including: Safe/Not Safe Zones; Statistics; Physical & Psychological Damage; Safety Measures for Work & Recreation; Shelters; Ready-To-Go Worker Safety Documents, Policies & Procedures. 

  • References & Resources. Glossary of Terms. Field Tour. 

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