May 20, 2005  


SLAC Electrical Equipment Inspection Program Graduates its First Team of Inspectors

By Wayne Linebarger

In order to get the new SLAC Electrical Equipment Inspection Program (EEIP) started, a trained team of electrical equipment inspectors was needed. A select group of 24 Electronic and Electrical professionals were given a world class training course to achieve this goal. The course was developed and led by Underwriter Laboratories (UL) as well as on-site professionals. Perry Anthony (DO), acting as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and his Electrical Safety Support Group provided guidance for this project. The first class of graduates received their certificates on April 22.

The EEIP Inspector Program graduated field representatives from across the Lab. They will be advising, inspecting and/or guiding various projects on electrical safety and issuing EEIP approvals. The complete list of inspectors is on the EEIP Web site.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)

Topics Covered

The course of study covered Hazard Based Safety Engineering Principles, the National Electrical Code, Electrical Safety in the Work Place, UL Standards, Inspection Methods and Instructors and Student led Case Studies. In addition, SLAC instructors reviewed equipment that is used by R&D facilities. Areas covered included RF Safety, Pulsed Power Systems and Large DC Power Supplies. There was also instruction on arc flash analysis and custom-made EEIP documentation software.

SLAC now has a very talented and diverse group of Electrical Equipment Inspectors, and their expertise covers most types of electrical and electronic equipment here at SLAC. The intent is that, going forward, all custom or procured equipment without National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) labeling will have one of the inspectors either aiding in the design or visually inspecting it to ensure that the equipment does not pose electrical hazards to personnel when used as designed.

The Inspector’s Role

It is important to note that these inspectors are there to assist in the design, procurement and installation of safe electrical equipment. They do not have an enforcement role. Compliance with SLAC’s electrical safety programs is a line responsibility, with oversight by the Electrical Safety Officer, Perry Anthony.

Jonathan Dorfan (DO) said, “I encourage all groups to work with these inspectors, and encourage departments to continue to support the training of additional personnel to help SLAC achieve compliance with this program.”

Three more classes are planned in the coming months with the intention of training an additional 100 EEIP inspectors to support the Lab.

For additional details on the electrical safety program, including the EEIP Organization, see:


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Last update Tuesday May 24, 2005 by Topher White