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IEEE Offers Collection of Safety, Security Standards on Three Optical Disks

The IEEE Standards Association is offering a collection of nearly 90 safety and security standards on three optical disks. The set, called the IEEE VuSpec: Safety & Security Standards Series, addresses three broad areas: critical infrastructures; computers and networks; and the generation and use of electricity. In aggregate, the disks comprise a standards resource of more than 6000 pages.

The disks give safety professionals and others ready access to those IEEE standards needed when developing and implementing safety, security, risk and loss reduction programs, training, and emergency management plans.

The compilation includes original standards and their revisions through Jan. 1, 2006. Each disk also contains special features to help users make sense of the many standards it contains, such as a glossary of standards terms, an index, the ability to search for specific content in a standard or across multiple standards using key words, and links to relevant online resources.

Volume I: Critical Infrastructure

This disk covers standards for a wide range of workplace and consumer risk factors, as well as security threats. Topics covered include:

-- Power and grounding issues in electronic equipment.

-- Conductive clothing.

-- Radiation detectors.

-- Message sets used in managing traffic incidents and emergencies.

-- Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radio frequency (RF) issues, such as RF emission from equipment, measurement of RF and EMF, and safe levels for human exposure to such fields.

-- Safety issues related to electrical substations, transformers, surge protection, power lines, grounding, nuclear generating stations, distributed resources, network communications devices, and fall protection.

Volume II: Computers & Networks

Today's IT departments manage a wide array of risks. The standards in this volume encompass many of these risks, including online crime, bugs, terrorism, hacking, viruses, and protecting sensitive information. It includes standards for such topics as:

-- Telephone sets, handsets, and headsets.

-- Office and consumer electronic devices.

-- Environmental specifications for computer modules and systems.

-- Powering and grounding of electronic equipment.

-- Healthcare information systems and medical device communications.

-- Information assurance and public-key cryptography.

-- Media management system architecture and security topics.

-- LAN/MAN wireless network -- security architecture, key management, secure data exchange and resilient packet ring.

-- Software quality assurance plans and safety plans.

Volume III: Electrical Safety

The standards in this volume provide practical recommendations for managing the risks inherent in electrical work and offer content at all levels of expertise, from students to senior power professionals. It includes:

-- Topics related to power generation, including bus assemblies, substation grounding, energized power lines and AC adjustable-speed drives.

-- Topics related to industrial electrical applications, including resistance heat tracing, power distribution, circuit breakers, motors in hazardous locations, and insulation in stator coils.

-- Electrical quantities often used with electric equipment and common graphic symbols on electrical and electronics diagrams.

-- Photovoltaic systems.

Volume III also includes several bonus items, such as NIOSH findings on Worker Deaths by Electrocution, the NIOSH Electrical Safety Student Manual, and papers on arc flash.

The series works with Windows, MacOS or UNIX operating systems and offers a robust and dynamic interface based on Macromedia flash. Each volume starts automatically on CD-ROM and allows drag-and-drop installation to a licensed user's hard drive.

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