Electrical Safety and Switching Procedures and Practices


Presented by: Erling Hesla, Giuseppe Parise, Rasheek Rifaat

Lunch will be provided between 12pm and 1pm.

This tutorial is intended for electrical engineers and operators involved in the safety and integrity aspects of industrial and microgrids of large commercial electrical systems during their different design, commissioning and operational stages. The tutorial introduces definitions for an operational language and discusses lockout/tagout (LO/TO), switching procedures, safety and reliability aspects as imbedded in the design stage and system architecture development, related safety standards and computer and software applications associated with such aspects.

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  Date and Time




  • 133 9th Avenue SW
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada T2P 2M3
  • Building: Fairmont Palliser Hotel
  • Starts 11 April 2019 12:00 PM
  • Ends 08 May 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
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Giuseppe Parise


Giuseppe Parise (M’82-SM’03-Fellow 10-Life Fellow 15)) received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Sapienza University, Rome Italy in 1972. Since 1973 up to 2017, he has been with the Faculty of Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, where he was a Professor of Electrical Power Systems. He has authored about 340 papers, two patents and three Prize Paper Awards by IEEE/IAS PSD. He is currently designer of power electrical systems in industrial and commercial building complexes. Since 1983, he has been a Member of Superior Council of Ministry of Public Works. He is an active member in the IEEE Industry Applications Society (past Member at Large of Executive Board), chair of the committee I&CPS Forensics and of the committee I&CPS Ports, Distinguished Lecturer 2019-2020. He is chair of the R8 Area Chapter and of the Italy Section Chapter IA34. He is IAS Associate Member of Governors Board of Society of Social Impact of Technology SSIT. He is vice President of Association Safety Technology Research for Industry (ASTRI), President of Electrical Italian Association AEIT Rome’s Section. Since 1975, he has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Italy.

Rasheek Rifaat


Rasheek Rifaat is an IEEE Fellow – He received a B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1972 and a M.Eng. from McGill University in Montreal in 1979 in Electrical Engineering. In 1975, he worked for Union Carbide Canada Ltd. in Quebec. In 1981, he joined Monenco Consultants Limited in Calgary, Alberta, and Saskmont Engineering Limited in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has been involved in thermal power-generating plant projects with special interest in generator protection systems and power-plant systems. Since 1991, he has been working for Delta Hudson Engineering Ltd. (Now Jacobs Engineering) in Calgary. Mr. Rifaat is a registered professional engineer in three Canadian provinces. Mr. Rifaat has published more than 25 papers on cogeneration plant protection, operation and economics and he is the current Chair of the Protection & Coordination Work Group for the revision of the Buff Book into Standard 3004 Series.