Lower Columbia Basin ASSP Chapter Meeting

  • October 13, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic Temporary Power and Electrical Safety Workplace Inspections

The ability to identify electrical safety violations is an instrumental step to establishing and maintaining a safe work environment and preventing electrical safety incidents, injuries, and fatalities. This presentation provides guidance on temporary power use at home and in the workplace, including a review of industry trends, requirements, and best practices. Focused guidance is provided for use of portable tools, extension cords, and temporary wiring. Additionally, tools will be provided to assist with doing workplace self-assessments to identify and correct electrical safety deficiencies.

Speaker Andrew Olsen

Andrew Olsen first completed electrical training from the Electronics Technician program at Bellingham Technical College. He then entered the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained electrician’s mate and served for 9 years on board nuclear submarines. When he left the service in 2009, he started working as the lead electrical instructor and as an electric shop supervisor for Energy Northwest at the commercial nuclear facility, Columbia Generating Station. He then developed the initial curriculum and instructed for several years for the Nuclear Technology Program at Columbia Basin College. He later worked for the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, as the Electrical Program Manager for the HAMMER Federal Training Center and as the Utility High Voltage SME.

Mr. Olsen has experience in many different fields including electrical safety, batteries, meters, relays, motor-operated valve diagnostics, data recorders, vibration monitoring, and motor diagnostics. He performed instruction and consultation for public organizations since 2014 and later founded ElecTrain in 2017. Andrew is a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional through the NFPA. His work in improving electrical safety has been published multiple times and presented in forums such as the EFCOG Electrical Safety Task Group and the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop.

Andrew currently supports contracts with multiple Department of Energy sites across the country, power generation facilities such as dams, transmission and distribution facilities, and provides training to many construction and operation organizations. He currently continues his advancement of electrical safety knowledge through participation in electrical safety focused groups such as EFCOG, NFPA, and IEEE.

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