International Health & Safety 2018 Programme

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A1: The Importance of Leaders
A2: Emergency Response
B2: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
Lunch and Learn – Commercial Opportunities in China
A3: Drones: Integrating them Safely into Your Projects' Plans
B3: Wind Turbine Safety Rules
A4: The Role of Technical Standards & Certification
B4: Arc Flash



A1: The Importance of Leaders

Welcome and Chair: Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUKHughMcNeal New small version

Hugh McNeal took up his post as Chief Executive of RenewableUK in April. Before this, he spent a substantial part of his career as a senior civil servant, most recently as Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. His other roles have included Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC, and Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995 to 2000. Hugh was on the Board and then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, from 2002 until 2012. He lives in south London with his wife and young son.

John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, John McDonaldOPITO

Mr McDonald’s remit involves driving safety and competency improvements to benefit the industry. He works closely with governments, national oil companies, operators and contractors.  Mr McDonald took up the role in 2017 and previously held posts with OPITO as UK managing director and director for international workforce development. Prior to joining OPITO, Mr McDonald was a director at ACTVET, the government body charged with creating a vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi. He was previously a director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and led the development of new products and services and created new markets in Asia and the Middle East.

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director - Offshore,Jonathan Cole small ScottishPower Renewables & G+ Chair

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director for Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business, leads the development, engineering, supply chain, construction, operation &  maintenance of Iberdrola’s world-wide offshore portfolio from its global headquarters in the UK. Jonathan is a qualified solicitor and joined ScottishPower after several years as part of a large energy practice advising major energy companies. Within ScottishPower Renewables Jonathan has held the positions of Legal Director and Commercial Director before becoming the Managing Director for Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business in July 2011. Jonathan also participates at board level in various offshore wind industry bodies, including the Offshore Wind Industry Council, Offshore Wind Programme Board and the G9. In addition, Jonathan is Chairman of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Industrial Advisory Group.

Rachel Ruffle, Managing Director, Rachel Ruffle
UK & Ireland, RES

Rachel Ruffle is UK & Ireland’s Managing Director at RES. She is responsible for all aspects of RES’ onshore wind, solar and electricity storage development and construction. Previously at RES, Rachel worked as a Development Director and Senior Technical Manager modelling energy yield, power performance, noise and impacts on aviation and communications. Before joining RES in 1994, Rachel worked for JP Morgan. Prior to that, Rachel was a Research Engineer for British Telecom.  Rachel is a Chartered Engineer. Outside of RES, Rachel is a member of the Advisory Committee for The Renewable Infrastructure Group (TRIG). In addition, Rachel is a Director of the trade association, RenewableUK.

Louise Kingham, Chief Executive, Energy Louise Kingham Institute

Louise Kingham OBE FEI is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI), the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. The EI promotes excellence in energy by developing knowledge, skills and good practice, including as secretariat for the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation. Louise has spent 24 years working with energy professionals around the world. Prior to her appointment at the head of the EI in 2003, she was Director General of the Institute of Petroleum and Chief Executive of the Institute of Energy.  In 2011 was awarded an OBE for services to the energy industry.


A2: Emergency Response

This session will discuss emergency preparedness and response across renewables. Delegates will be able to engage with those leading in the development of the factors and resources to be considered. Hear from those working in regulations, standards, guidance and good practise at national agencies and industry that can be transferred across the onshore and offshore environments.

Chair: Peter Lloyd, Head of Centre of Peter LloydCompentence EHS Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Peter Lloyd is Head of the Centre of Competence EHS Offshore for Siemens Wind Power and is based in Hamburg. Within that role he support’s renewable industry stakeholders in developing best practice for offshore health and safety. Peter chair’s the RenewableUK Offshore Renewable Energy Emergency Forum (OREEF) and coordinated the production of the IOER-R document; he also assisted in the development of offshore renewable aviation and first aid standards . Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Peter served in the Royal Air Force and specialized in the delivery and control of Search and Rescue helicopter operations.

Peter Lowson, Offshore Energy Liaison Peter LowsonOfficer, HM Coastguard, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Search and Rescue within Windfarms
Windfarms, both on and offshore, can create a significant challenge for Search and Rescue (SAR) resources, particularly helicopters.  Ongoing work with industry over a number of years has led to many improvements aimed at helping to mitigate many of the risks. However, windfarms will always be a hazardous environment for a SAR helicopter to operate in, yet through planning and exercising, the aircraft remain a valuable resource should they be required to respond. This session will highlight some common challenges, summarise the results of recent exercises and suggest ways which onshore may benefit from the experiences gained from offshore.

Pete has worked for HM Coastguard for many years, qualified as a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and has been actively involved in a number of high profile major incidents. He spent time working with an emergency response training provider before moving to his current job where he acts as HM Coastguard’s liaison officer with the offshore energy industries.  He is highly experienced in maritime operations and is a subject matter expert on offshore energy SAR. He works closely with the major energy operators and support organisations, regulators and emergency services to ensure effective emergency response preparedness.

Dr Fiona Earle, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Fiona Earle
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

Human Factors Research and Development in Health and Safety
This presentation will introduce a range of research and development projects focusing on health and safety in Offshore Wind. Projects at the University of Hull benefit from expertise across a broad range of academic areas including Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology. These interdisciplinary collaborations aim to support the industry in addressing existing and rapidly developing challenges. The presentation will provide an overview of current work and future plans, and offers an opportunity to develop industry-led, collaborative projects.

Fiona has almost 20 years’ experience of Human Factors and Occupational Psychology, working within the complimentary settings of academia and industry. Her interests are broadly based in the areas of stress, workload and fatigue and her focus has primarily been on researching these important concepts and applying this work to real-world settings. Specific areas of interest include: Understanding mental and physical workload and their relationship to fatigue, complex task performance and performance breakdown under stress, the impact of various non-optimal conditions on fatigue and the impact of shiftwork on performance and well-being.

Mark Jenkins, Risk and Stakeholder Manager, Mark Jenkins
Centre of Competence,
EHS Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Teesside Emergency Exercise: Testing Assumptions

Mark Jenkins joined the EHS Centre of Competence in 2014. Prior to Joining the EHS Centre of Competence, Mark was head of Health and Safety for the Service business for the UK and Ireland. Previously Mark held a EHS manager role during the construction and hand over of the London Array wind farm. Before joining the wind industry, Mark was a Safety Manager for the Siemens Electrical transmission business. Mark started his career with a regional electricity business where he trained and qualified as an electrician. Mark is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and currently chairs the IOSH offshore group. Mark is also a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Managers.

Andrew Woods, Operations Policy Andrew Woods
Manager, RNLI

Mass Rescue and Medical Evacuation
Understanding the vital role the RNLI plays in SAR and its objectives to halve UK and Ireland coastal drowning by 2024 and reduce drowning around the world where it’s a major risk. Working together to ensure that we exercise and train for emergency situations.

Following a career in the Royal Navy, Andrew Woods joined the RNLI in 1994 and spent the majority of his early years in operational roles on the coast as Divisional Engineer, most recently as Principal Operations Engineer. In 2014 Andrew was selected to lead the ‘Safety Get On Board’ programme, transforming the RNLI’s approach to safety and introducing innovative new ways of working to engage its volunteers and staff in this critical area. A major development from that programme was the creation of a dedicated RNLI Incident Investigation team, which Andrew now leads within the Operational Policy value stream. Andrew and the team have worked hard to completely overhaul the Institution’s approach to incident investigation, creating a standardised process and a suite of resources and training designed to get to the root causes behind safety incidents and drive a positive safety culture. As an Operational Policy Manager, Andrew is also responsible for leading reviews of operational requirements on the coast, and provides subject matter expertise in the development of operational policy across the RNLI.

B2: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations

This session will discuss the scope and applications of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 regarding renewable energy projects. This session will provide further guidance and clarity to duty holders, and contractors regarding the requirements for contractor management and major component changes.

Chair: Chris Black, Health & Safety Christopher Black
Manager, Onshore Renewables, ScottishPower Renewables

Chris Black has been a health and safety professional for over 20 years.  His career has encompassed work in the Scottish Water Industry, oil & gas in both the onshore and offshore sectors, heavy engineering O&M services and the field of medical device manufacture. For nine years, Chris has led the Onshore Safety Team at ScottishPower Renewables.  He has provided guidance and advice to over 20 windfarm construction projects and more than 35 operating onshore windfarms.  He has been a member of the R-UK HSSG and the Health and Safety Working Group for that time and was involved in the formation of G+ (formerly G9). Chris became a Chartered Member of IOSH in 2000 and has a degree in OHS Management.

Trevor Johnson, Wind and Marine Energy Trevor Johnson
Team - Energy Division,
Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE Expectations for Compliance with CDM

I was appointed HM Inspector of Health and Safety in 1989, based in HSE's Newcastle under Lyme office. I was promoted to HM Principal Inspector in 1999 and transferred to the Edinburgh Office. I have been involved in the regulation of a wide range of industries including Utilities and Construction. In January 2012 I transferred to a new team in the Offshore Safety Division to regulate the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector. In 2017 the scope of this team was increased to include onshore wind.

Chris Streatfeild, Director, Forge Risk Chris Streatfeild

CDM: Application to Maintenance on Wind Energy Projects
The presentation aims to provide a few answers and some suggestions on a different focus and approach to CDM & Maintenance that focuses on achieving tangible safe project outcomes rather than the an illusion of systems compliance. In providing an overview on the application of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to maintenance activities carried out on an operational wind farm assets the presentation will: Provide a refresher on the safety outcomes we are seeking to achieve, Summarise the legal duties applying to maintenance under CDM 2015, Set out our interpretation of regulatory opinion as applied to maintenance & CDM, Include practical advice for managing maintenance/construction activities.

Chris is Director of Forge Risk (  – an independent HSEQ risk management consultancy. He is a highly-experienced professional with over 30 years’ HSEQ experience working in complex and high risk business and operational environments. This encompasses specialist knowledge in wind energy with complementary skills and knowledge in manufacturing, construction and asset management. In his current and former role and previously as Director of Health & Safety at RenewableUK, Chris has played a leading role in the development of national and international guidance and standards covering the life cycle of project development in the wind sector. Chris is a member of several standards committees and is the UK expert on 61400-30- Wind Turbines – Safety of the WTGs General principles for Design and IEC/TS 62933-5-1 - Electrical Energy Storage (ESS) Systems (Safety).



Side Event: Lunch and Learn – Commercial Opportunities in China

In advance of an increase in offshore wind activity in China over the next two years, the British Embassy in Beijing has identified specific technical areas and buyers for UK companies to target. This presentation will outline these alongside the opportunity to access them during ‘UK-China Offshore Wind Week’, a unique and high profile approach to trade promotion throughout China in March.

The China Britain Business Council will also provide an overview of the services available to help British companies do business in China, allowing for a practical discussion around the commercial challenges and opportunities in this large, complex market.

Chair: Mike Hay, Project Lead, Mike Hay
Foreign & Commonwealth Office


James Brodie, Director, Scotland James Brodie
& China Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council


14.00 - 15.15

A3: Drones: Integrating them Safely into Your Projects' Plans

The use of drones across infrastructure industries is gathering pace. Energy, including renewables, has been identified as leading sector of utilising drone technology. Hear from those who are working on the integrating the use of drones today and tomorrow into their plans to support Onshore and Offshore Windfarms. From those working in standards and guidance, to national agencies and industry players who have innovative plans for their future use.

Chair: Alan Chivers, Chairman of RenewableUK Health &Safety Working Group, Chairman of The Renewables Alan Chivers 1Consulting Group

Internationally recognised in the renewable energy industry and known for his passion in all matters HSE. Alan has 30 years of leadership, technical and practical experience in onshore & offshore wind, as well as founding and leading significant renewables consultancy businesses. He previously supported RenewablesUK as a board member and now continues as chair of the HSE strategy group. He is currently a Director at The Renewables Consulting Group. His vision for and expectation upon drone technology is high, and based simply on reduction of risk exposure to our renewables workforce.

Chris Fleming, Chief Executive Officer, CyberhawkChris Fleming

Demystifying the Industrial Drone Market
Drone use within the military is well known and is considered by many to be the future of warfare. Now that industry is starting to adopt drone use to remove people from the dangerous, dull or dirty tasks, it’s important to understand how these machines can be introduced safely. Chris Fleming will take you through the variety of tasks that drones can complete safely and how best to manage these services once they push past the proof of concept stage. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence drones will become smarter and their use is anticipated to grow exponentially.

Chris Fleming is recognised as a pioneer in the UAV inspection industry. Having personally carried out over 150 live flare inspections to date, he still leads field teams on the most technically challenging projects for Cyberhawk. As an offshore Inspection Engineer, Chris has spent the last 20 years working around the globe in Australia, Norway, the North Sea, the Middle East, Malaysia and Brunei. Prior to joining Cyberhawk, Chris specialised in Floating Production Storage Offloading Vessel (FPSO) operations with his last seven years on the Captain FPSO.

Nige Hewitt, Principal Consultant, Osprey Consulting Nige HewittServices

Managing the Risk of Drone Operations
Emerging European Drone regulations diverge somewhat from those of conventional manned aviation, with the focus more upon the risks of operations.  Through consultation with industry, operators and regulators, Osprey has identified the need for a robust method of analysing, assessing and managing these risks.  In response, and as a result of our extensive experience, we have developed AetherTM – a Drone Safety Framework.  Compliant with Drone and industry regulations and standards, Aether enables organisations to understand the risks associated with Drone operations, and facilitates the management of these risks to ensure safe operations in a range of environments and scenarios.

Nige is an experienced Airworthiness and Air Safety Engineer and joined Osprey following a secondment to the Civil Aviation Authority. During his tenure at the CAA, Nige developed the UK CAA’s UAS programme and represented the UK on the international Joint Authorities for the Regulation of Unmanned Systems (JARUS).  He was also the Lead Author and Editor of CAP 722 Edition 6 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance).  Nige has also represented both the MAA and CAA across both government and industry events. Since joining Osprey, Nige has been the Technical Lead for several UAS related projects.

Alistair Riches, Commercial Director, BAlistair Richesritish International Helicopters, Chair of RenewableUK ORAG TG

Drones: Integrating them Safely Into Your Projects' Plans – Drones and Manned Aviation; Side by Side
Uninhabited Air Systems, also known as Drones, provide a genuine opportunity to reduce risk in the delivery of renewable energy. For example, by employing drones for inspection or the transfer of equipment between locations, the risk to personnel is reduced.  However, introducing drones into airspace within which manned aviation operates could, if uncoordinated, present new risks.  By understanding the roles, capabilities and limitations of both drones and manned aviation, their integration can be safely and productively achieved.

Alistair is Commercial Director at British International Helicopters with over 20 years’ experience in military and commercial aviation.  His previous role was a Senior Operations Manager with CHC Helicopters, supporting the oil and gas sector from bases in the UK, Ireland and Malta.  Prior to entering commercial aviation, Alistair served as a Senior Officer in the UK Royal Air Force.  He was an operational helicopter pilot, instructor and experimental test pilot; playing a key role in numerous significant UK MoD procurement programmes.  Before entering the RAF, Alistair trained as a Management Consultant with British Aerospace. He is also Chair of RenewableUK’s Offshore Renewable Aviation Guidance Task Group

Hannah Nobbs, Innovation Scout, Hannah Nobbs
RNLI Innovation Team  - Future Lifesaving, RNLI

Exploring the Third Dimension for SAR – Our Journey So Far
There has been growing excitement around the use of drones for lifesaving applications in recent times, but how do we as the UK SAR community start to realise some of the potential benefits? The RNLI has been actively engaging with industry and other SAR community partners to start addressing this question. The presentation will share our approach and learnings so far.

Hannah joined the Innovation Team at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 2016 following ten years as an Engineer specialising in the design and development of helicopter rotor systems.
Working towards the RNLI’s vision of halving the number of deaths from drowning by 2024, the future lifesaving innovation team identifies future needs and opportunities for the RNLI to enhance lifesaving capability. This involves horizon scanning and exploration of emerging technology through partnerships with Industry and Academia; to inform RNLI understanding and requirements.

 B3: Wind Turbine Safety Rules

This session will discuss the adoption, implementation and application of the Wind Turbine Safety Rules regarding wind energy projects. This session will provide further guidance and clarity to duty holders, and contractors regarding the support procedures for the adoption, implementation and application of the Wind Turbine Safety Rules.

Chair: Robert Farrell, Operations & Maintenance Robert Farrell
Engineer, ESB Generation

Robert Farrell is an experienced Operations and Maintenance Engineer working for ESB, the leading Irish Electrical Utility, operating  in generation, transmission, distribution and supply in the UK & Irish electricity markets. Robert joined ESB in 2008 and has worked in Concept, Development, Design and Construction phases of ESB’s Wind Farm Portfolio (currently at 583MW and growing). Moving into ESB’s Renewables Operations & Maintenance department in 2013, he has developed and implemented safety rules for HV systems and maintains ESB’s Safe System of Work for wind farms, including WTSR.

Nick Radforth, Electrical Safety Nick RadforthManager, Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Renewables UK Operational Safety Rules Group Update – 2017/18
As the chair of the Renewables UK Operational Safety Rules Group, I felt this was an ideal opportunity to update the industry on the R-UK OSRG achievements in 2017 and what issues and challenges the team will face during the following year of 2018 and beyond.

Responsible for safe systems of work across all renewable technologies that Innogy Renewables UK Ltd have within the UK.  Worked in the renewables business since 2004. Worked within the power industry for over 29 years on coal, lignite, gas power plants holding several positions within Operations and Maintenance. Held several safety rules authorisations up to 400kV. Lead a team with responsibilities for setting and maintaining company standards and implementing safe systems of work, commissioning of electrical systems across all renewable technologies. Member of the R-UK Operational Safety Rules Group since 2006 and chair for over 5 years.

Ian Ord, Director of Renewables, Setter and Ian OrdAssociates Ltd

The Wind Turbine Safety Rules CORE Training Course
The aim of ‘The Core Wind Turbine Safety Rules Training Course’ is to provide a standard high quality and flexible training and information to ensure attendees have a full understanding of the Rules, how they are to be applied and implemented at site and how they provide the means to establish Safety from the System and a legally required Safe System of Work. The training will also educate attendees to a level that adds to their competence and allows formal authorization.

I first worked in the Wind Industry in 1997 when I supported Bonus Wind Turbines UK Ltd at Beinn Glas Wind Farm.  I joined Bonus full time in 2003 with responsibilities for HR, Training and Safety and when Siemens took over Bonus in 2005 took on the roles of UK Head of Safety. I was involved in the development of the first Bonus / Siemens competency framework and was directly involved in the major recruitment drive at Siemens Wind during 2006 – 2008. I have been involved with the Wind Turbine Rules since 2004 and currently support a number of clients with the implementation of the rules and training technicians. Ensuring Safety from the System can be established and maintained is vital in ensuring a Safe System of Work can be achieved when working on a Wind Turbine.


A4: The Role of Technical Standards & Certification

This session will discuss the role that technical standards and certification have in reducing projects risks. Hear from those leading in the drafting of technical standards, certification processes, insurance schemes and how they can impact on reducing the risks of managing assets safely, effectively and efficiently.

Chair: Sam Park, Director, The Renewables Sam ParkConsulting Group

Sam Park is a Chartered Engineer and Professional Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  For the last 15 years, Mr Park has contributed to the expansion of the offshore wind industry, initially taking development roles in early UK projects followed by over a decade of project delivery experience. He has taken senior delivery roles in multiple offshore wind projects, with significant technical, commercial and safety responsibility. Assignments have included Works Package Manager, Deputy Project Manager and Technical Adviser to a project board. During this time, Mr Park has led teams of experts, including package managers and engineering project management experts in offshore turbines, structures, subsea cables, marine surveying and marine construction.Consulting Group

Alistair Mackinnon, Head of Standards, Alistair MackinnonConformity and Compliance, Energy Technology Centre

Conformity Assessment: An Overview of the Benefits
The Conformity Assessment Landscape – often thought of as only certification can appear to be confusing.  This brief presentation will give an overview of the current landscape in the renewables sector but with a focus specifically on wind and will demonstrate the benefits of having devices and projects undergo some form of compliance evaluation.  The benefits are not simply confirming how technically robust a project is but can have benefits for owner/operators, financier and insurers and provide greater certainty on the long term future of assets.

Alistair has been active in the wind industry since 1986 and spent 29 years the UK’s National Engineering Laboratory before moving to Head up the DNV GL Certification Business in the UK.Currently at ETC – Energy Technology Centre, Alistair is Chair of PEL /88 – the UK national committee on wind turbines and Chair of L/6/2 the UK national committee on Conformity assessment. In April 2016 he was appointed as the Lead Technical Assessor for the evaluation of all Test Laboratories wishing to participate in the IEC Renewable Energy Certification Scheme – IECRE. 

Tom Digby-Rogers, Lead Programme Manager,Tom Digby Rogers Sustainability, BSI

The Role of British, European and International Standards
This presentation is designed to cover the process and rules structure for the development of ‘standards’ we adopt and use in the UK to promote commercial opportunity and UK industrial growth: An overview of BSI’s role as the national standards body, what we mean by standards and the different types that exist, development of standards, how they are made, criteria for new work and the role standards can play in promoting UK industry, international structure BSI’s committees work within, and link to certification.

Tom Digby-Rogers is the British Standards Institute (BSI) energy sector standards lead. Tom is responsible for BSI market engagement a nd standards development for the energy and ‘smart city’ sectors, including renewable energy, smart grids, and energy storage. His role is focussed on bringing government, trade bodies, academia and NGOs together to discuss sector opportunities & challenges, building agreement on the role for standards in supporting innovation and trade. Tom also has extensive experience in managing National, European and International committees covering the major Standards Development organizations (ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC). BSI is the UK national standards body.

Michael Bullock, Director, Renewable Risk Michael Bullock photo
Advisers Ltd

How Certification Affects the Cost and Availability of Insurance
With a particular focus on offshore projects, the presentation will discuss how insurance costs can vary between technologies at different stages of maturity.  It will address what types of standards, certification and third party oversight and other factors are particularly relevant to insurers in adding to the perceived maturity of the technologies and therefore the credibility of projects - both reducing the cost and broadening the scope of cover available.   It will also address the need to adopt and enforce such standards through robust risk management during installation and operation of the projects.

A founder-director of insurance broker and risk consultancy Renewable Risk Advisers: Established a specialist Lloyd’s renewable energy underwriting unit; Helped establish UK subsidiary of a windfarm installation / O & M contractor; Former Commercial Director of Sea Roc; Former Head of Financial Risk Mitigation for NAREC Capital; Wave Energy Scotland advisory committee member; On finance steering group of the Ocean Energy Forum; Director of the largest community energy company in the UK; Presented to academia and industry on the risks associated with various phases of renewable energy projects; Master’s in Finance from the London Business School.

Sylvia Broneske, Principal Acoustics Engineer, Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Sylvia Broneske started her career at Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog GmbH (now DNV GL) with the acoustic measurement team. Subsequently she worked as a consulting Engineer at the wind turbine manufacturer Enercon GmbH in Germany, being responsible for all aspects of wind turbine noise related issues and shadow impact assessments. In 2007 she joined Hayes McKenzie Partnership Ltd. where she carried out wind farm noise assessments and measurements as Senior Consultant and Head of the Turbine Testing Group. She joined innogy Renewable UK Ltd. in 2016 as Principal Acoustics Engineer. She is chair of a BSI subcommittee concerned with wind turbine acoustics.

B4: Arc Flash

This session will discuss operational risk factors and existing control measures relating to Arc Flash. The session will consider the development a positive safety culture within organisations through workforce engagement regarding this issue. The session will also consider the improvements that might be offered by control measures such as arc-reduction switches and others.

Chair: Rhys Jones, Head of Technical Affairs, Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones was appointed Head of Technical Affairs at RenewableUK starting January 2017. He previously operated on behalf of RenewableUK as Health and Safety Training Manager from May 2010. Prior to 2010 he has a background in the Oil and Gas, and Diving industries. Rhys believes passionately in the endeavour, enterprise, and commitment of RenewableUK members and stakeholders, that our greatest asset in the Renewable Energy Industry is our people, and that we must be relentless in our work to protect our colleagues through industry wide collaboration.

Allan Brese, Onshore Wind Electrical Engineering Team Allan BreseLeader, SSE

SSE Wind Generations Approach to Management of Arc-Flash Hazards
Arc-flash incidents on electrical networks have the potential to release large quantities of energy and hazardous by-products, which can prove fatal to operators and / or result in extensive equipment damage. SSE Wind Generation has adopted a risk based approach to arc-flash hazard management that encompasses mitigation, prevention and reduction measures. Key to the development of the risk control strategy was to involve the field operatives and wind turbine manufacturers to ensure that human factors were adequately considered. This presentation is to outline the control measures implemented by SSE Wind Generation and to outline two reduction measures that are being introduced within the business.

Allan Brese is the Onshore Wind Electrical Engineering Team Leader with SSE. Prior to undertaking this current role, Allan was an Electrical Engineer / SAP for SSE Onshore Wind Generation between Feb 2010 and Sept 2015 and a 132kV Electrical Engineer / SAP for Scottish Power between June 2007 and Feb 2010. Allan’s interests include power system protection, arc-flash safety, earthing systems, operational safety and HV/LV asset management.

Mark Dawson, Head of Regional Field Mark Dawson
Support North Europe, Nordex

PPE Workwear Suitable for Electrical Work and Accessing all areas of a Wind Turbine
Wind Turbines are complex machines, which expose operatives to many different potential hazards. With the wide variety of activities that are required on most wind turbines each year it is challenging to find suitable PPE work wear that can protect operatives from all potential dangers including arc flash. The obvious dangers such as cold climate conditions and falling from height seam relatively easy to protect the operator against until you try and combine this with electrical work at High and Low voltage and heavy mechanical works. Many factors have to be considered when selecting the most appropriate PPE workwear to be worn in a wind turbine, and behavioural safety plays a big part in the decision making.

Having worked in the wind industry for the last five years and the electrical engineering and electrical safety sector for the past 15 years. I have plenty of hands on operational experience of the challenges facing on site operatives each day. Using the skills and knowledge gained as an electrical engineer combined with onsite experience, I am in an ideal situation to recommend the appropriate PPE workwear to be warn.

Jarl Coldrick, International Sales Manager, Jarl Coldrick

The Importance of PPE
PPE is the last line of defence for a system of safe working and the assessment and reduction of risk. We cannot, however, underestimate the risk of electrical faults and chances of human error. This presentation will cover the dangers posed by Arc Flash and the importance of wearing the correct PPE. To put these dangers into context, an arc flash can reach temperatures five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Prevention is better than cure and it is important that we minimise the effects from Arc Flash hazards through educating those who face the risks. Topics will include Arc Flash standards, recommended methods to test garments, the difference between Arc Flash Resistant and Flame Resistant garments, protection in layers, and compliance. PPE works…if you use it.

Jarl has experience in working closely with H&S executives from the Utilities industry, including several renewable organisations across Europe. He has joined them in committees, conferences, and tool box talks, raising awareness of the risks of Arc Flash and educating users to wear the correct form of PPE to protect against these risks. Jarl Coldrick has worked at ProGARM since Q1 2015 and was previously employed by Safpro in Gloucester, a PPE, Footwear, and Workwear Specialist.