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Industry Applications Magazine, IEEE

Issue 3 • Date May-June 2013

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Editorial Board

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  • Table of contents

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  • Partners in Electrical Safety [From the Editor's Desk]

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  • [Letters to the editor]

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  • Future Engineers and IAS [President's Message]

    Page(s): 6 - 73
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  • Our Safety Legacy [Electrical Safety]

    Page(s): 8
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  • 2014 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop

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  • Early Transatlantic Communication on Cape Cod [History]

    Page(s): 10 - 15
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    This consideration played a very significant role in some interesting communications developments that took place on the Cape in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Reading about Hertz's work stimulated Marconi to do some wireless telegraphy experiments of his own. In spite of what may have been some initial theatrics, Marconi's venture proved successful. View full abstract»

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  • Analyzing on-the-job electrical injuries: A survey of selected U.S. occupational electrical injuries from 2003 to 2009

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    As a part of its ongoing effort to promote electrical safety in the workplace, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has undertaken the collection and analysis of objective data on occupational electrical injuries, providing industry decision makers with information to help them better allocate their safety resources to achieve maximum impact on employee electrical safety. The ESFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. Founded in 1994 as a cooperative effort by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Underwriters Laboratories, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ESFI is funded by voluntary contributions from electrical manufacturers, distributors, independent testing laboratories, retailers, insurers, utilities, safety organizations, and trade and labor associations. View full abstract»

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  • Risk Management of Electrical Hazards: Bridging the Gap in Understanding Hazard Versus Risk

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    Most occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals understand the difference between hazard and risk. However, the distinction between these terms is not well understood in the electrical industry, where they are often used interchangeably. This gap in understanding between OHS and electrical professionals needs to be bridged to ensure that electrical hazards, and the risks arising from those hazards, are effectively addressed. The objective of this article is to clarify the difference between hazard and risk and explain how OHS risk management principles can be applied to electrical hazards. View full abstract»

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  • A global electrical safety program: The challenge of developing a universal safety system in a multinational company

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    This article describes a European company's recent efforts to develop a global electrical safety program tailored to the wind industry. We demonstrate that the following three components are essential to getting top management to buy into such a system: View full abstract»

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  • Reducing arc-flash hazards: One company's efforts to systematically improve electrical safety

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    The risk of arc flashes in power distribution equipment has long been recognized as a serious hazard in the petroleum and chemical industry. This article explores the methods one company used to systematically reduce the risk of personnel injury due to arc flashes on its existing facilities and on a new project. The process includes incorporating procedures and technologies that allow for minimizing the need to work on or near energized equipment, moving essential work tasks to safe distances, and eliminating or reducing the arc-flash potential. View full abstract»

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  • uFFFDDeaduFFFD Circuits Are Not Always Dead: The Need for Additional Protective Measures

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    Some work activities in electrical installations are sensitive to unexpected sources, especially when working on conductors to be broken or joined, or on overhead lines. Generally, there is uncertainty concerning the existence, risk, or seriousness of the exposure to these sources, and decisions on protective measures are frequently made under pressure in the field by the person performing the work. In this article, it is argued that methods for detecting unexpected energy sources, as well as guidelines for addressing these situations, should be developed and incorporated into existing safety procedures. Also included are potential approaches to system design that may reduce exposure to outside power sources. View full abstract»

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  • Mitigating Arc-Flash Hazards: A Case Study of a Mill-Wide Project

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    This article provides a comprehensive account of a mill-wide project to bring a more than 30-year-old market pulp mill into compliance with NFPA 70E requirements and to mitigate arc-flash hazards to reasonable enough levels to allow effective maintenance. The project spanned three years and was completed in 2011. The major activities to be discussed (and through which the project had to progress) include the decision to initiate, data collection or re-creation, and update of single-line diagrams; creation of a database and software model, short-circuit analysis, multiple upgrades, or replacements to address over-dutied equipment; arc-flash analysis, protection/coordination changes to address let-through energy, equipment upgrades or replacements to address let-through energy and mitigate arc-flash hazards; equipment labeling; and training of personnel. View full abstract»

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  • Causes of residential lightning fires: Electrical arcs are at the root

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    This article presents evidence that a major cause of residential lightning fires is electrical arc-fault current. Such arc-fault currents are a common result of both direct and indirect lightning strikes. These faults result from lightning overvoltage damage to the insulation of electricity supply conductors and appliances. Many of these overvoltages appear to be caused by indirect lightning strikes, and a small fraction of these events also result in damage to fuel gas systems, especially thin, metallic, flexible gas lines. Fuel gas leaks resulting from this electrical damage may contribute to the fire hazard. The absence of any lightning protection on residences with exposed metallic roof penetrations is considered a major factor. View full abstract»

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  • 2013 IAS Annual Meeting

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  • Advancing Industry Practices and Improving Electrical Safety [Conference News]

    Page(s): 68 - 69
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  • [Society News]

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  • IEEE ECCE 2013

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  • Networking at ESW 2013 [Standards]

    Page(s): 72 - 73
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  • RIT Kerala - The cradle of region 10 SBCs [Chapter News]

    Page(s): 74 - 76
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  • IAS Conferences [Conference Calendar]

    Page(s): 78
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  • An unexpected mentor [Memoirs]

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Aims & Scope

IEEE Industry Applications Magazine reports on the development and application of electrical systems, apparatus, devices, and controls to the processes and equipment of industry and commerce; the promotion of safe, reliable, and economic installations; the encouragement of energy conservation; and the creation of voluntary engineering standards and recommended practices.

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H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd