Product Safety Engineering Society
of the
IEEE Long Island Section

The Product Safety Engineering (PSE) Society targets Long Island design professionals and design engineers interested in electrical product safety. The Society addresses safety engineering for equipment and devices used in the scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and residential arenas. It allows engineers and other technical professionals an opportunity to discuss and disseminate technical information, to enhance professional skills, and to provide outreach to engineers, students and others with an interest in the field.

For upcoming PSE lectures and meetings, please visit the calendar page.
> Calendar

Chairman
James Colotti
(631) 755-7000

Vice Chairman
Glenn Luchen
(631) 546-2365

LI Test Labs

> Dayton T Brown

> Underwriters Laboratories

Organizations

> Consumer Product Safety Com

> Electrical Safety Foundation

> IEEE Global PSE Society

> International Electrical Testing

> National Safety Council

> NARTE

> OSHA

> US Fire Administration

Reference & Publications

> PSE Newsletters

> PSE Symposium

> Safety in Power Supply Design

Standards & Agencies

> AAMI

> ANSI

> ASTM

> CSA

> FCC

> FDA

> ICNIRP

> IEC

> IEEE

> ISO

> NEMA

> NFPA

> NIST

> TUV SUD

> UL

Past Lectures

The New Era of Product Safety Labeling
Geoffrey Peckham - Clarion Safety Systems
2014 October 9

The presentation focuses on what product design engineers need to know about the latest ANSI & ISO product warning label standards. The legal, risk and safety ramifications of product safety labels are of paramount importance to today's forward-thinking manufacturers. People's lives, product liability lawsuits and company futures are literally on the line when it comes to the quality of the safety labels placed on your products. The choice of format, the degree of content and the durability of materials used in their construction are all key to getting this job done right.

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Selecting the Appropriate Circuit Protection Component
William Shenberger – Littelfuse
2014 September 24

Selecting the appropriate circuit protection component is critical to safety and reliable operation. At best, improper component selection can be counterproductive – at worst it can lead to catastrophic failures. This presentation explores three fundamental protection components; the Gas Discharge Tube (GDT), the Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) and fuse. The theory of operation of these devices is briefly reviewed, followed by the criteria necessary for appropriate selection.

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Safety Considerations in Power Supply Design
Louis Diana - TI
2014 May 22

Increasingly, the responsibilities of a power supply designer extend beyond merely meeting a functional specification, with designing to meet safety standards an important collateral task. Since all commercial and home-use supplies must eventually be certified as to safety, knowledge of the requirements should be a part of every designer’s repertoire. This simplified overview has been prepared with the collaboration of Underwriters Laboratories, to provide a basic introduction to the issues and design solutions implicit in assuring the safety for both the user and service personnel of your power supply products, as well as easing the certification process.

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Anatomy of an Effective Human Factors Engineering Program

Timothy R. McEwen & Stephanie Alpert - Underwriters Laboratories
2014 April 24

The comprehensive application of human factors engineering (HFE) in product development is an imperative. “User-friendliness" helps ensure that products are operated in a safe manner and helps foster a product's marketability. In some domains, such as the medical device industry, there is also a regulatory requirement to perform HFE en route to a final, validated design. In an effective HFE program, manufacturers perform detailed use-related risk analyses; revise their designs as needed to reduce risk to acceptable levels, and conduct validation tests to demonstrate that users will not commit potential harmful use errors.

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Electric Utility Distribution System Design & Safety Concepts

George Ello - National Grid
2010 April 20

Electric distribution systems involve many aspects of safety. Basic concepts of distribution system design include grounding as well as step and touch potentials. Protective devices and fault clearing protect against damage due to electric faults or short circuits, and are as essential to a utility as they are to a building distribution system. Voltage issues such as back-feed, swells and lightning are also explored.

Distributed generation and cable testing also present safety challenges. Small generators (Solar PV) impact existing protective relaying, circuit voltages, other customers and safety. Distribution cable requires special test techniques, such as to locate faults on underground cable.

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Orientation Meeting for the Product Safety Engineering Society

Tom Lanzisero - Underwriters Laboratories
2009 December 16

This presentation welcomes new members to the newly-formed PSE society of the IEEE LI section. Membership list is provided along with a brief review of how the society can meet the needs of its members. Local opportunities and local networking are also covered.

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