This book explains the hazards associated with electricity in its many forms, including electromagnetic radiation. It describes methods of reducing risks to health and to the environment, giving rules and codes of practice to be followed. Guidelines are also given for the use of electrical equipment in specialised environments (such as locations subject to explosive gases and flammable dusts), the guarding of machine tools and the control of earth currents.
Human safety and care for the environment are of increasing concern and the broad scope of the book makes it essential reading for those involved in engineering and technology at all levels; no specialised knowledge of electro-technology is presumed. It is a reference book for personnel responsible for their company's safety policy and for municipal authorities (particularly in Commonwealth countries) and other bodies concerned with technical training, industrial development and planning.
- Chapter 2: Electric power systems
- Chapter 3: The philosophies of earthing
- Chapter 4: Cables and fires
- Chapter 5: Electrical equipment for use in explosive atmospheres
- Chapter 6: Protection by flameproof enclosure
- Chapter 7: Protection by intrinsic safety
- Chapter 8: Electrical apparatus in areas subject to flammable dusts
- Chapter 9: Design, workmanship and maintenance
- Chapter 10: Stored energy
- Chapter 11: Electric welding
- Chapter 12: Lightning phenomena and protection
- Chapter 13: Coping with static
- Chapter 14: Electromagnetic radiation
- Chapter 15: Earth currents and their effects
Maxwell Adams was educated at Dulwich College and trained as an electrical engineer with the British Thomson-Houston Co., Rugby. After some 20 years in industry he joined the UK Ministry of Technology, subsequently becoming a deputy director in the Health and Safety Executive. He is now an independent safety consultant and expert witness.