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1st and 2nd R&D Electrical Safety Meetings and Workshops

The first two R&D Electrical Safety Meeting/Workshop were held in March of 2004 and 2005.  They were deemed a great success by the participants.  The primary benefits were communication, collaboration, and cooperation between the various sites on their electrical safety programs.  Many sites picked up new ideas to take back to their respective programs.  Over the past two Meetings 17 DOE/NNSA sites, and 3 DOE/NNSA offices participated (see list below). There were 45 attendees at the 2004 meeting and 60 at the 2005 meeting.  Details of each meeting, including technical presentations and workshop topics are detailed below.


17 DOE/NNSA Sites Participating

  • Ames Laboratory
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Bechtel Nevada
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Fermi National Laboratory
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pantex
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • Savannah River Technology Center
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Center

 

3 DOE/NNSA Offices Participating

  • Albuquerque Site Office
  • Oakland Site Office
  • Nevada Site Office
  • and Underwriters Laboratory (UL)


Components of Each Meeting/Workshop

  • Each site shared elements of their
    - electrical safety program
    - best practices
    - electrical safety action plan
  • Technical presentations were given on various R&D electrical safety topics
  • A workshop was conducted with 4 groups
  • Action plans for future work established


Meeting/Workshop Chairs 2004

  • Willy Molina, DOE/NNSA - general chair
  • Lloyd Gordon, LANL - technical program
  • Terry Fogle, LANL - workshop


Meeting/Workshop Chairs 2005

  • Perry Anthony, SLAC - general co-chair
  • Lloyd Gordon, LANL - general co-chair
  • Terry Fogle, LANL - technical program
  • Willy Molina, DOE/NNSA - workshop


1st R&D Electrical Safety Meeting and Workshop

March 1 - 4, 2004
Albuquerque, New Mexico
sponsored by
Los Alamos National Laboratory
DOE/NNSA

 

2004 Meeting - technical presentations

  • History of Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Hazard Classification
  • Multi-Hazard work
  • Pulsed Power Safety
  • RF and Microwave Safety
  • Electrical Safety Handbook
  • PPE in R&D
  • Lightning Safety
  • Mixed Skills in Electrical Workers
  • R&D Grounding Practices
  • Unlisted Electrical Equipment Approval

 

2004 Workshop - working groups

  • Unlisted Electrical Equipment Approval
    - chair, Ed Laner - Bechtel Nevada
  • Training and Qualification and Multiple Hazards
    - chair, Jeff Downs - SNL
  • DOE Handbook, Chapter 9 - Enclosed Electrical/Electronic Equipment
    - chair, Jim Anderson - LANL
  • Standards for Design and DOE Handbook, Chapter 10
    - chair, Tom Caronna - LBNL

 

Milestones of the 2004 Workshop

Recommendations for revision of the DOE Electrical Safety Handbook included:

  • revise Chapter 9
  • revise Chapter 10
  • create a new chapter on electrical safety training
  • create a new chapter on unlisted electrical equipment approval
  • create a new chapter on controls and interlocks


2nd R&D Electrical Safety Meeting and Workshop

March 28 - 31, 2005
Menlo Park, California
sponsored by
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

2005 Meeting - technical presentations

  • Recent Evolution in Electrical Safety - LANL
  • SLAC electrical accident - SLAC
  • LLNL Equipment Approval Program - LLNL
  • Multi-lab equipment acceptance at NTS - LANL
  • Training for equipment approval - UL
  • HV Converter Modulator Safety at SNS - ORNL
  • Consistent electrical hazard classification - LANL
  • Implementation of NFPA 70E at SNL - SNL
  • Arc energy deposition measurements - LANL
  • High voltage DC vs. AC power - electrical safety - SLAC
  • 10 CFR 851 - DOE/NNSA
  • How NFPA 70 and 70E apply to R&D - LANL

 

2005 Workshop - working groups

  • Electrical Safety Design Standards and Training for R&D
    - co-chair - Tom Caronna, LBNL
    - co-chair - Dave Ficklin
  • 10 CFR 851
    - chair - Tom McNaughton, LANL
  • Uniform Electrical Hazard Classification
    - chair - Terry Fogle, LANL
  • NFPA 70E and R&D
    - co-chair - Bobby Sparks, PNNL
    - co-chair - Gary Dreifuerst, LLNL

 

Milestones of the 2005 Workshop

  • A consensus opinion and input on CFR 851 was submitted through DOE/NNSA
  • A website for sharing electrical safety best practices and information will be established
  • A standards committee for R&D electrical safety design and training was established (goals ISA, IEEE, NFPA)
  • An outline created for revisions to the DOE Electrical Safety Handbook
  • Progress towards a uniform electrical hazard classification scheme for use across the complex


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