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The Road to Hazard Based Safety Engineering

 

Industry-wide adoption of the hazard based standard IEC 62368-1 means training and education for high-tech manufacturers and product designers is an important component in adhering to new standards. The implementation process for the new standard will be complex and UL's goal is to help future users prepare and get products to global markets in the timeliest manner.  With training available in various forms, UL is a single point of contact for resources related to the new standard and its testing protocol, Hazard Based Safety Engineering (HBSE).

UL's IEC 62368-1 educational resources include:

  • One-day instructor-led courses
  • UL University formal education
  • Forums and roundtables
  • White papers, technical briefs and summary documents

Instructor-led courses

Open to the public are a number of instructor-led courses that provide one-day introductions to IEC 62368-1, including:

  • Mid-September 2010 -- Shanghai and Beijing
  • Oct. 19, 2010 -- Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Oct. 20, 2010 -- Tokyo
  • Oct. 21, 2010 -- San Jose, Calif
  • Nov. 2, 2010 -- Northbrook, Ill.
  • Nov. 10, 2010 -- Osaka, Japan

Private, instructor-led training courses are also available.

UL University

UL is making formal education and information resources available through UL University

Forums and roundtables

To date, UL has conducted several forums in the U.S. and Asia with manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic, Motorola, Cisco and many others. These events have been informative to those who oversee conformity assessment and/or product safety, most notably designers, as the approach of the new standard offers more design alternatives for products than current prescriptive standards. To organize a group forum event or a private roundtable session, contact Kevin Ravo.

Literature

This fall, a comparison summary document will be made available that provides an overview of differences between IEC 62368-1 and IEC 60065 and 60950-1. Additionally, UL recently issued its sixth technical brief on IEC 62368-1 and HBSE. The brief, "Electrical Energy Source (ES) vs. SELV and LCC" reviews electrical energy sources defined by IEC 62368-1 and the limits of ES sources. Five other technical briefs and a white paper that discuss intricacies of the standard are available here.