Safe work practices and environments are critical to HVM. We have safety committees and safety officers at both the corporate and divisional levels. We maintain detailed safety records on each and every job and review safety procedures regularly.
We place great importance on accident prevention. The degree of safety and the results accomplished are directly proportional to the effort expended to control conditions, practices and human actions that lead to accidents.
Following are the major components of our Safety Program:
- Safety Manual
- Training and Retraining
- Safety Meetings
- Safety Records
- Safety Equipment
- Safety Compliance
HVM conducts on-going (at least annually) safety audits to determine that each employee is complying with the safety-related work practices required.
HVM has an OSHA incident rate of 1.8, and zero lost work days (2007-2008), and a history of no disabling injury or death since our inception in 1960.
High Voltage Maintenance Corporation (HVM) has been the leader in electrical testing, maintenance and engineering services since 1960 and was one of the first companies in the U.S. to specialize in testing and maintenance for 480 volt through 500 KV electrical systems. Today, HVM has 14 service locations throughout the Midwest and New England area serving major power users including industrial, refining, chemical, power, oil & gas, water/wastewater, food & beverage, data centers, education, and healthcare industries.
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HVM is a full charter member of the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), a recognized leader and ANSI standards developer for the electrical testing industry. HVM is also signatory to the International IBEW agreement.
HVM’s team is comprised of an impressive number of registered professional engineers, electrical engineers, technicians, and other support personnel.
Training & Certifications
HVM field engineers meet the rigorous standards of the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA). Field engineers must pass comprehensive tests and years of proven experience to advance to each level (up to Level 4). Field Engineers also undergo continuing education, to maintain their NETA Certification level, and keep abreast of the latest techniques/technologies in the testing field.
All HVM field technicians participate in the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program and undergo an extensive five-year electrical testing apprenticeship / training program. In addition, HVM provides continuous safety and training programs for our field engineers and technicians including:
- Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance (16 hours)
- Basic Electricity (16 hours)
- Basic Technical Training for Field Engineers (40 hours)
- Battery and UPS (16 hours)
- Certified Protective Relay Technician (24 hours)
Circuit Breakers Maintenance, Testing, & Troubleshooting (24 hours)
- Confined Space Operations (8 hours)
- Electrical Diagram Analysis (8 hours)
- Electrical Safety for OSHA 1910 NFPA 70E
- Electrical System Power Plant Protection (24 hours)
- Emergency Standby Generator Systems (16 hours)
- Ground Fault Protection for LV Equipment (8 hours)
- Ground Theory Application & Testing (8 hours)
- Harmonics & Power Quality (32 hours)
- Hipotential Testing (16 hours)
- LOTO Procedures & Practical Application (8 hours)
- Low & Medium Voltage Circuit Breaker Maintenance (24 hours)
- Maintenance for Reliability (8 hours)
- Medium Voltage Vacuum Circuit Breakers (24 hours)
- MV Motor Control (16 hours)
- MV Switches (8 hours)
- Personal Protective Ground Theory, Application, and Testing (8 hours)
- Power Quality Measure Test & Monitoring (16 hours)
- Power System Operation & Maintenance (24 hours)
- Project Management (40 hours)
- Substation Operations & Maintenance (40 hours)
- Switchboard Inspection (8 hours)
- Transformer Construction, Maintenance, & Testing (16 hours)
- Troubleshooting Systems & Equipment (24 hours)
- Variable Frequency Drives (16 hours)
- Voltage Detector & Phase Meter (1-1/2 hours)
Test Equipment & Calibration
Accurate test results depend on a comprehensive program of test equipment maintenance and calibration. HVM adheres to the NETA Acceptance Testing Specifications and Maintenance Testing Specifications for equipment calibration.
All of HVM’s test equipment is checked on a regular basis against documented national standards. Equipment found to be out of calibration is withdrawn from use until corrected, re-tested and found acceptable.
Test Instrument Calibration
- HVM has a calibration program that assures all applicable test instruments are maintained within rated accuracy.
- The accuracy is directly traceable to the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).
- Instrumentation is calibrated in accordance with the following frequency schedule.
- Field Instrumentation: Analog, 6 months maximum; Digital, 12 months maximum.
- Laboratory Instrumentation: 12 months
- Leased Specialty Equipment: 12 months where accuracy is guaranteed by lessor.
- Dated calibration labels are placed on all test equipment.
- Records, which show date and results of instruments calibrated or tested are kept at HVM.
- Up-to-date instrument calibration instructions and procedures are maintained for each test instrument.
- Calibrating standards of higher accuracy than that of the instrument tested are used to calibrate our test equipment.
- Accuracy of metering in test equipment shall be appropriate for the test being performed but not in excess of 2% of the scale used.
- Waveshape and frequency of test equipment output waveforms shall be appropriate for the test and tested equipment.
HVM actively participates in national and international standards associations such as:
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- The American National Standards Institure (ANSI)
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Our managers, field technicians and engineers are active in the industry to promote the field of engineering and reliability management. We also participate in numerous professional organizations including:
- InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA)
- The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)