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IEEE 1584 Next Edition
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IEEE 1584 – Changes to the Next Edition

It has been sixteen long years since IEEE 1584 – IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations was first published in 2002.  This standard was highly celebrated back then because

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IEEE 1584 under construction
Arc Flash

IEEE 1584 Status Update

I have been receiving many questions lately about the status of the next edition of the standard: IEEE 1584 – IEEE Guide for Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations.  As Vice-Chair of the

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Don't Be a Dummy - Poster
Electrical Safety

Don’t Be a Dummy – Poster

While I was conducting a 2 day electrical safety training program for a large electric utility, we took a substation tour for a demonstration.  Upon entering the control house, there

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Jim Phillips - IEC Office in Geneva Switzerland
Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

IEC TC 78 Live Working Standards

By Jim Phillips, P.E.International Chairman IEC TC 78 As the International Chairman of IEC TC 78, a frequent question that I receive is “What is IEC TC 78?” IEC is

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Arc Flash Labeling Requirments
Arc Flash

Arc Flash Labels and ANSI Z535

If you ask five different people what an arc flash label should look like, you will likely receive five different answers.  Although there are no hard and fast rules regarding

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Moisture Content in Electrical Cabinet

Question: Hello, At one facility I find that the condensation gathers on the inside surface of an enclosure, which can cause the rusting, short circuits, and breakdowns in electric and

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IEEE 1584.1-2013

Question: Hello, good afternoon. Does the standard contain new information to consider for arc flash analysis? Thank you   Answer: No because we’re still on the 2002 edition. The new

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Liability and Legal Action

It’s no secret that the United States is a very litigious country. Sometimes the more “interesting” interpretations that people use regarding codes, standards, design etc. tend to be more influenced

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Include Date on Arc Flash Label?

According to the 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E 130.5(2), The arc flash risk assessment “…shall be reviewed periodically, at intervals not to exceed 5 years, to account for changes in

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Adjusted Pickup Method – Shift Factor

I have been looking into the adjusted pickup method and associated shift factors used when multiple source bus configurations are being coordinated [ex. parallel generator systems two or more] and

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Non-melting clothing

Our company in the past 2 years has implemented an electrical safety and control of hazardous energy program for employees world-wide. Our daily work-wear clothing minimum requirement is non-melting clothing,

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2015 NFPA 70E Changes

The following is an article that I wrote a few years ago listing the major changes for the 2015 edition. It was originally published in the May 2014 issue of Electrical

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How Many Arc Flash Labels on Equipment?

Question of the Week Some equipment may have multiple arc flash labels for a variety of reasons. Different operating configurations Equipment is long/large – including busway Equipment has different incident

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international expertise

International Expert​

Jim is the International Chairman of Geneva, Switzerland based International Electro-Technical Commission’s TC 78 for Live Working which includes protective equipment, tools and arc flash protection. He continues to travel the globe typically flying over 150,000 miles a year to work with various U.S. and international standards organizations and speak at many conferences and training events.

Jim and his wife of four decades live in Scottsdale, Arizona and have two children and one grandson.

2020 PCIC Awards - Jim Phillips