Electrical Safety Requirements Workshop
Is your product electrically safe?
We all take it for granted that when we buy an electrical or electronic product
it will be safe to use,however to protect us electrical safety has to be designed
into a product, and the requirements have evolved over many years.
In Europe, all such products that use or generate voltages over 50V ac or 75V dc
have to meet the provisions of the Low Voltage Directive, and carry the CE marking.
This normally involves testing against standards that are intended to ensure the
safety of the user during normal operation, and in the event of a single component
failure or failure of insulation.
This workshop will provide an overview of:
- Why safety? – The benefits of a formal approach when ensuring electrical safety
- Electrical Safety Legislation – Legislation from a top down European perspective,
introducing the New Approach, CE Marking and the Low Voltage Directive
- Fundamentals of Safety – Considers electric shock, mechanical, heat, radiation
energy and chemical hazards
- Techniques for achieving safety in design – Covers earthing, fusing, creepage
and clearance, material flammability, fire enclosures, warning marking and the
part they play in the design of safe products
- Survival of the fittest – will your product survive? – Safety testing can
subject products to extreme physical and electrical conditions. This section
will focus on some of the tests and how to pass them
Who should attend
A one day course for Electrical Engineers or Technicians directly involved in design,
Quality Assurance Engineers and engineers involved in product certification.
What is it about?
The focus of the workshop is to provide delegates with an understanding of the
Low Voltage Directive, the Harmonised Standards that underpin it, the types of
hazard that the standards address, and many of the design measures required to
comply with the standards. This includes details of the main tests that will be
applied, and how this affects product design.
What will I get out of it?
- Familiarisation with the European Low Voltage Directive
- Familiarisation with the legal background to CE Marking, Product Safety and
- Be able to understand the key features of safety standards e.g. EN 60950-1
and their relevance to designers and approvals engineers
- Be able to understand the scope of testing required to achieve compliance
Last Updated: 2013-May-17