Second Workshop on Electrical Safety Systems in the Asia-Pacific
Mar 18-22, 2002 ( Gaithersburg, MD )
On March 18-22, 2002, NIST hosted a one-week workshop titled "Electrical Safety Systems in the Asia-Pacific." The workshop brought together 23 representatives from public and private sector organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to discuss electrical safety systems for commercial buildings, industrial plants, and homes. The objective of the workshop was to explore possible joint projects to address common objectives for electrical safety systems in the region.
In addition to NIST, sponsoring U.S. organizations included: the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC); Intertek Testing Services (ITS); the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA); the National Fire Protection Association International (NFPA); and, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL).
Discussions during the workshop addressed the development and implementation of the safety of electrical systems in the United States and other participating countries; namely in the areas of, (1) the electrical installation code, (2) electrical product standards, (3) product testing and certification, and (4) inspection and enforcement. For each topic, participants described their country's practices, including information on why their system has evolved the way it has. Additional areas of discussion for the participants were consumer safety issues and a status report on the electrical safety technical groups' activities under the Pacific Area Standards Congress. The participants also heard presentations from representatives of multilateral and domestic lending agencies on their cooperative programs and lending activities for Southeast Asia.
The workshop was supplemented by two visits to active commercial and residential facility construction sites. Participants also had ample opportunities throughout the week to network with U.S. cosponsors and interested observers.
Noting that the seven participating countries share a series of challenges, the participants put forward a series of recommendations at the conclusion of the workshop. They recommended sharing comments on IEC standards, harmonizing standards in certain priority areas, considering follow-up work in the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and establishing a mechanism to share information on training programs, code development, inspection procedures and accident prevention.
- Familiarize participating officials, technical experts, and industry representatives from the asia-pacific region with the electrical codes and safety systems of each country.
- Provide a forum to discuss issues to assess the relevance of different requirements to the needs of the participating countries.
- Identify common criteria at appropriate levels of protection for participating countries.
- Identify areas and activities for future collaboration between participants in the area of electrical codes and safety practices.
- Identify means to disseminate workshop information and the results of collaborative efforts concerning electrical codes and safety practices within participating countries.