Enabling Electrical Safety with Prevention Through Design (PtD), Considering IEEE 1584, NFPA 70E & More in System Design


Please plan to attend this meeting of the Industry Applications Society. The speaker will be Marcelo E. Valdes, P.E Applications Engineering Manager, Marketing, ABB.

Today’s Electrical System designer and facility owner is bombarded with growing refinements in legal requirements such as OSHA, NFPA70E and the NEC, new standards providing ever more accurate but more complex methods of assessing and recognizing hazards such IEEE 1584 (new in 2018). As well as a growing body of national and international standards providing guidance on how to provide a safer workplace both from the perspective of the electrical hazard and other workplace hazards (NFPA70E, ANSI Z10, ISO45001). Some statistics seem to indicate that it is having the desired effect in some sectors of the American workplace, but the reality is, it can be better, comparative data available demonstrates that areas for further improvement exist. This discussion will discuss how the different standards and laws with the US relate and support each other.

  • This discussion will discuss how the different standards and laws within the US are evolving as well as how they relate and support each other.
  • How adopting a Prevention through Design philosophy can create a safer environment for workers that need to work near potentially hazardous electrical energy.
  • Even a system designer can look at a system from the “hazard” perspective and from the “task” perspective, both providing insight on how to design safer systems.

  Date and Time




  • Zio Fraedo’s
  • 611 Gregory Lane
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • United States 94523

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  • Starts 21 January 2019 06:00 PM
  • Ends 18 February 2019 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific-New
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Marcelo E. Valdes, P.E., Applications Engineering Manager, Marketing, ABB

Marcelo E. Valdes, P.E., Applications Engineering Manager, Marketing, ABB


Marcelo E. Valdes, P.E. Cornell University-1977, BS EE. Mr. Valdes was with GE 41 years in field engineering, sales, product management, marketing and application engineering. Since July 2018 he is with ABB’s Electrical Products division. Mr. Valdes is past chair of various IEEE PES and IAS chapters in Northern California as well as past chair of the 2014 IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop (IEEE-ESW). Mr. Valdes chairs the IEEE 1683-2014 working group “IEEE P1683 Guide for Specification and Selection of Low Voltage Motor Control Centers with Enhanced Safety Features” and is active in various other IEEE working groups, mostly in electrical safety and electrical systems protection. Mr. Valdes has received recognition for his contribution from the Pulp & Paper Industry Committee; “2015 Pulp & Paper Industry Committee Meritorious Engineering Award” and from IEEE Electrical Safety Committee; “Excellence in Prevention Through Design Technical Award”. He received the IEEE IAS Applications Magazine “First Prize Article Award” for the 2014 article “Assessing Solutions to Electrical Hazards: An Analytical Tool to Reduce Hazards in Electrical Facilities”. Mr. Valdes has authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers for IEEE and other engineering forums. Marcelo participates in CSA Z462, the Canadian Electrical Safety Standard, NFPA 70, the NEC and NFPA70B NFPA’s Electrical Maintenance Standard. He is the holder of 27 patents in the field electrical distribution and control. Mr. Valdes is an IEEE Fellow.

No-host social at 5:30 pm; Presentation at 6:15pm; Dinner at 7:15 pm;

Presentation continues at 8:00 pm; Adjourn by 9:00 pm.

Place: Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Call 925-933-9091 if you need directions.

RSVP:  Please make reservations by February 18 by contacting Raymond Cooper via email: RaymondTCooper@eaton.com or telephone: (925) 416-9169.