Technical Activities

At the present time, Technical Activities consist of two major components, Technical Committees and Technical Liaisons. Other activities will be established as the need and our capability grows. These are managed by the Vice President of Technical Activities:


TECHNICAL COMMITTEES (TCs)

Existing Committees and Contacts

The Technical Committees are open to those interested in the covered topics. For participation or other information, please contact the Chair of the committee.


Committee Name Chair Webpage
Failure Analysis and Forensics (FFATC) ph:
(310) 754-2774 (PT)
Forensics and Failure Analysis Technical Committee Website
Medical Product Safety (MPSTC)

 

Telecom Safety (TSTC) ph:
(908) 528-5978
Email reflector has been set up. TSTC meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:00 AM Eastern time.  Contact Don Gies for details. Join our TSTC Subgroup on LinkedIn.
Visit Technical Meeting Minutes page
Risk Analysis (RATC) ph:
(630) 238-0188 (CT)
Risk Analysis Technical Committee website
Industrial Equipment and Controls (IECTC)  
Education for Product Safety (EPSTC)  
ITE/Computers (ITETC) ph:
(512) 724-3757 (CT)
None yet--any volunteers?
Mechanical Hazards   Forming now

PSES Technical Minutes

Other committees being established NOW.

  • Consumer Appliances and Electronics
  • Lasers
  • Photovoltaics
  • Globalization

Technical Committees are desired in many other technical fields. Please contact the VP of Technical Activities for support and guidance on how to establish one.


Purpose of TCs

The purpose of each Technical Committee shall be to manage the technical relationship of the Society in their area of interest by identifying, organizing, participating in, and supporting activities in which the Society can give and/or receive technical benefit in product safety and compliance.


Activities of TCs
  • IDENTIFY - identify the potential audience and establish a communication link with them
  • EVALUATE - evaluate the need and opportunity for technical activities within their technical area
  • DEVELOP – develop the technical material flow to and from their area
  • PROMOTE - promote the growth and value of the PSES to their subject audience
  • REPORT - report back to the PSES on the activities in their area.

Requirements to form a TC
  • Must have a clearly defined field of interest that is as broad as possible and relevant to Product Safety and Compliance, but not conflicting with others
  • Must have a minimum of 4 people who are committed and active and from diverse companies and geographical areas.
  • At least one person must be a member of PSES and a second must commit to becoming a member.

Potential Tasks for TCs
  • Development of technical materials – papers, presentations, articles, talks, etc. – for the PSES conference, local meetings, newsletter, publications, and for presentation to other societies.
  • Provide peer review of submissions as necessary
  • Identify and develop PSES promotional opportunities in technical area – cosponsor symposia or trade shows, man booths, etc.
  • Identify and promote PSES membership in their technical area – develop email list of peers and promote PSES name and activities to them.
  • Identify potential advertisers and vendors in their technical area. Identify other technical activities unique to their technical area.
  • Identify potential product safety research topics in their area.
  • Identify and develop joint activities of the PSES with their organization -cosponsor symposia, sponsor product safety workshops, man booths, etc.
  • Identify areas of joint technical material development – Identify materials for republication in PSES and develop new materials for joint publication
  • Give a presentation on the product safety activities within their technical area at the PSES annual symposium

Structure of TCs

Each Technical Committee shall consist of all persons relevant to the field with which the Committee is able to establish a permanent communication link, which the member has approved, and for whom they know (at a minimum), the member's name, general location, and an email address. Committee members do not need to be members of the IEEE or PSES. The leadership of the committee shall consist of a convenient number of those committee members (8 to 12 seems ideal) that show sufficient interest to participate in periodic scheduled telephone conference calls held for the purpose of guiding and directing the committee. The officers of the committee shall be a Chair, who shall be a member of the PSES at the time of selection; a Vice-chair, who shall be or immediately become a member of the PSES, a Secretary, and a Communications Manager. Duties of the Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary shall be those generally consistent with the titles; and for the Communications Manager, to establish and maintain the means to communicate with the committee members, be it web page, social media, email list, etc. The officers shall be from diverse locations and companies.

TECHNICAL LIAISONS (TLs)


The PSES desires to establish relationships with other organizations (both internal and external to the IEEE) involved in product safety and compliance, their technical committees, and their standards writing groups. All Technical Liaisons shall be approved by the PSES Board of Governors. Interim appointments may be made subject to Board approval.


Purpose of TLs

The purpose of each Technical Liaison shall be to represent and assist the PSES Board of Governors to manage the technical relationship of the Society with the reference organization; to identify and develop potential members from the organization; and to participate in, support, and report on activities in which the Society can give and/or receive technical benefit in product safety and compliance.


Activities of TLs
  • IDENTIFY - identify the leadership or members of the organization and establish a communication link with them
  • EVALUATE - evaluate the need and opportunity for technical activities with the organization
  • DEVELOP – develop the technical material flow to and from thethe organization
  • PROMOTE - promote the growth and value of the PSES to the organization
  • REPORT - report back to the PSES on the activities of the organization

Requirements to be a Technical Liaison
  • Must be a member of PSES
  • Must be a member of or a participant with the subject organization
  • Must be approved by the PSES Board of Governors

Subject Organizations

Liaisons are desired for all of the following organizations:


  • iNarte – Richard Georgian
  • Closely affiliated IEEE Societies
    • EMCS, IAS, RS, etc.
  • National Fire Protection Association - NFPA
    • (both the main organization and with individual committees)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers - ASSE
  • System Safety Society – SSS
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers – ASME
  • IEC (both the main organization and with individual committees)
  • SEMI
  • Each of the various Testing Agencies
    • Underwriters Laboratories – UL
    • CSA
    • NEMKO
    • TUV (each of them)
    • Etc
  • Governmental Regulatory Bodies
  • CPSC, OSHA, FDA, etc in the USA
  • Etc.