Invitation from Dennis Neitzel – ESW 2012 Organizing Committee chair
By Anthony Capkun
If you would like to spend 5 days of intense interaction with more than 400 people who share a passion for preventing electrical injuries in the workplace, I urge you to join me in Daytona Beach for our 19th annual IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop, January 30 to February 3, 2012.
Since its inception in Toronto in September 1991, the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop has provided the premier international forum to enable and accelerate change in the electrical safety culture and pushing the envelope on what is possible in preventing workplace injuries from electrical hazards.
If you are a veteran participant, you will see some changes to enhance the value you will take home and put into practice, whatever your role, responsibility or impact you have on preventing electrical injuries.
If you are a first time attendee, I want to emphasize what the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop is and is not about. The mass market in electrical safety conferences is in the area of training and compliance with standards and regulations—helping people and organizations understand and apply current requirements. While this is essential in preventing electrical incidents and injuries, it is not the primary mission of the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop. Our mission is more about path finding and creating the future in electrical safety by changing how we think about what is possible, or in other words, changing the electrical safety culture.
• Accelerate application of breakthrough improvements in human factors, technology, and managing systems that reduce risk of electrical injuries
• Stimulate innovation in overcoming barriers
• Change and advance the electrical safety culture to enable sustainable improvements in prevention of electrical accidents and injuries
On behalf of the ESW 2012 organizing committee, I look forward to seeing you in Daytona Beach!