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Emerson at the 2013 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop

Safety is a concern for everyone.

Everywhere we go and everything we do, whether it’s in our home, at work or in our neighborhood, there is a measure of safety that has been considered, whether we realize it or not, to keep us safe.

Naturally, safety is a major topic in our industry. As we attend to our daily jobs to keep our equipment running properly, we are faced with a wide array of tasks ranging from simple repairs that require little thought to issues that need extensive troubleshooting on energized equipment that is in operation.  In the latter case, the safety burden begins with the employer providing an electrical safety program that includes personal protection equipment and ends with the employee that ultimately performs these tasks.  Our goal, when designing our Vilter Engineered Motor Starter,  is to consider the safety measures that are required per the National Fire Protection Association 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) to help the employer with their electrical safety requirements and especially to keep employees safer.

That is why we’re participating in the 2013 Electrical Safety Workshop organized by IAS IEEE (Industry Application Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).  Not only do we want to share our ideas but we want to learn from experts across multiple disciplines to help promote and change the electrical safety culture in our country.

The white paper I wrote for this event focuses on designing safer and smarter electrical equipment in the spirit of NFPA 70E.  I will be presenting my paper at the poster presentation on March 14.  An abstract of the paper can be read here: NFPA 70E – Reducing and Eliminating Arc Flash Hazards through Electrical Equipment Design Considerations.  

We hope to see you there – be safe!

Dennis W. Doody
Vilter Manufacturing
Emerson Climate Technologies

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. refrigerationguy #

    Dennis – really good information. Emerson has some additional resource materials available at:

    http://www.emersonnetworkpower.com/en-US/Services/ERS/PLCServices/Optimization/Pages/ArcFlashSolutions.aspx

    February 14, 2013
    • Thank you for directing us to that website — Emerson does a really nice job of explaining the dangers of arc flash hazards and laying out the requirements of NFPA 70E.

      February 14, 2013

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