Joe DeMonte (standing), ABM Franchising Group's Director of Technical Training and Support, hosted an Electrical Safe Work Practices Seminar at BAC Universal Electric, Ltd., in Pembroke, Bermuda.
Nearly 50 people attended Empower
Training Services’ Electrical Safe Work Practices Seminar, hosted by BAC Universal Electric, Ltd.,
in Pembroke, Bermuda, on March 2, 2018.
Led by Joe DeMonte, ABM Franchising Group’s Director of
Technical Training and Support, the seminar marked the second time BAC
Universal Electric, Ltd., hosted an Empower Training Services seminar. Their
first was in February, 2016.
“Joe DeMonte took the time to understand the Bermuda
market’s specific climate conditions and spoke to the various industries
represented in the audience,” said Vito Giove, a Maintenance Sales
Representative at BAC Universal Electric, Ltd. “He tied it into Bermuda’s
Electrical Code by cross-referencing the similarities to NFPA 70E and making
easily understandable parallels between the two countries.”
The seminar addressed how building owners and facility
managers can address insurance obligations, protect and extend the lifespan of
electrical distribution equipment, while maintaining uninterrupted electrical
service and maintaining a safe environment. It also addressed how employees
working near energized equipment can stay safe, and how to properly respond to
an emergency situation and mitigate risks.
Giove praised DeMonte’s knowledge of electrical safety and
his ability to present the dangers it presents in a relatable way. He said it
helped to highlight the importance of implementing a preventive maintenance
program to maintain a safe environment.
He added that the presentation was eye-opening for some
audience members, who may not have realized they could be at risk for dangerous
situations, such as Arc Flash exposure.
“It was relatable and showed things that many personnel are
guilty of, and really brought to light the dangerous risks that could happen
when your luck runs out and a life-changing event like an Arc Flash happens,”
Giove said. “He highlighted the common challenges facing facilities and
everyone walked away understanding running an electrical distribution system
until it fails is not a good option.”
Giove said BAC Universal Electric, Ltd., plans to host more
Empower Training Services seminars, and recommended that anyone managing a
facility attend a seminar.
BAC Universal Electric, Ltd., has been a TEGG contractor since 2007. TEGG
is a franchise brand of ABM Franchising Group, an operating unit of ABM.
“ABM and TEGG contractors are, without question, the experts
in the field of preventive maintenance,” Giove said. “Being affiliated with
TEGG definitely aids us in our conversation with our local clients, giving them
the reassurance we have the trained staff to help address all of their electrical
Giove said the seminar provided attendees with a variety
issues they could encounter and hopes they will use the knowledge to look for
ways to improve safety at their facilities.
“We really hope our attendees understand the importance of
staying safe and not using electrical rooms as a storage space or broom closet
after attending a seminar,” Giove said. “It’s easy to fall victim to the ‘out
of sight, out of mind’ mentality, but I hope after this seminar, building
owners and facility managers remember to find time and budget for electrical
distribution system preventive maintenance.”
Services offers a variety of training opportunities to TEGG franchisees
throughout the year. For a list of upcoming training opportunities and
resources, click here.
information about hosting an NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Seminar, click
here or to contact Empower
Training Services, click here.