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Special Track - Product Safety Engineering Society 

Special Track - Product Safety Engineering Society 


Product Safety Engineering Society
Sponsored by IEEE PSES
Format:  Half-day Workshop
Chair: Jan Swart

This track is an introductory event to introduce the Product Safety Engineering Society Symposium to be held in 2016.  This workshop will introduce you to the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, product compliance and will also help product designers and safety engineers understand product failures. 

Today's safety and compliance engineer’s face challenges far different from just a few years ago.  They are managing the safety and compliance of new exciting technologies which involve very complex products.  Product compliance may be UL, CSA and IEC Standards, European Norms, EU Directives, RoHS, WEEE, REACH, higher scrutiny on recalls, a multitude of different country regulatory requirements and methods of claiming compliance, Prop65, Toy Safety, Hazard ID and Risk Assessments being incorporated into Standards, and so much more.

It is challenging to know the technical requirements, as well as stay on top of new test methods and the latest equipment, and also remain current on the latest Regulations, Laws, Directives, and other legal requirements.

This knowledge base has to cover the global marketplace, and we also have to be able to explain it to all the stakeholders, from designers to marketing and even corporate personnel. With all of that, the Product Safety Engineering Symposium has become more important than ever. We hope to provide all of our attendees with valuable presentations and papers targeted for each product category and track. We would also like to share our knowledge with Product Designers and new Compliance Engineers.

Planned Speakers and Topics

An Introduction to the Product Safety Engineering Society

Presenter: Elya B. Joffe

The IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) focuses on the theory, design, development and practical implementation of product safety engineering methodologies and techniques for equipment and devices. This includes the study and application of analysis techniques, construction topologies, testing methodologies, conformity assessments, and hazard evaluations. The society provides a focus for cooperative activities, including the promotion of product safety engineering for the benefit of humanity.  The PSES was established in January, 2004 after acting for many years as a technical committee (TC-8) within the EMC Society. Since then, PSES has grown to over 850 members worldwide (including members from South Africa). It has 15 chapters in several continents. Annual conferences are held with up to 200 participants every year since 2004. The PSES Newsletter is continually published quarterly, while in addition, the PS&CE-PSTC list server continues, and our LinkedIn network has flourished with over 1,100 users.
PSES can serve members in South Africa as well, and seeks the opportunity to form a chapter in South Africa as well. This way, we can better serve PSES members and the community in general, with regards to Product Safety and Compliance Engineering.
This short presentation provides an overview of the Society and its activity, its strategies and the opportunities for membership and leadership.

Electronic Product Component Failure Mechanisms

Presenter name: Jan Swart, Ph.D., Phoenix, AZ

Abstract: Failure analysis of electrical components is always a challenge in the fast moving electronic products world. The challenge is to perform rapid failure analysis to discover the failure mechanism in an effort to produce an effective corrective action which addresses the observed failure mode. This paper discusses the failure mechanisms associated with a selection of components found in portable electronic products.


Linking Risk and Reliability—Mapping the output of risk assessment tools to functional safety requirements for safety related control systems

Douglas S. G. Nix, C.E.T., SM-IEEE*, Yuvin Chinniah, Ph.D., Federico Dosio, Ph.D., Mark Fessler, MS, FS Eng., Frank Schrever, B. App. Sc.

Abstract: The increased focus on controls systems for risk reduction in machinery requires controls systems designers, and safety engineers, to have a much deeper understanding of the risk related to machinery, and the relationship between the required risk reduction and the reliability of the control systems used to protect users. Immediately following risk assessment, risk reduction measures are specified to effectively control significant risks. The linkage between the assessed risk and the required integrity (reliability) of the safety-related controls is fraught with confusion for many practitioners. This paper addresses this confusion by providing to broad approaches to mapping risk to reliability requirements either directly, or by mapping the relevant risk parameters used to assess the risk to those relevant to assignment of integrity requirements.

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Rohde & Schwarz
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