Underwriters Laboratories' Kerry McManama Inducted as Chairman for IECEx Management Committee

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 28 /CNW/ -- During the recent annual meeting of
the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) committee for the IECEx
Conformity Assessment Scheme, Kerry McManama, general manager of HazLoc
Services at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), was unanimously inducted as
Chairman of the Management Committee.
    In his role as Chairman of the IECEx Management Committee, McManama will
be responsible for guiding the development and maintenance of all programs
associated with the conformity assessment of equipment and repair facilities
related to explosion protection. Pending approval from the IEC Conformity
Assessment Board, the three-year appointment will begin on Jan.1, 2009.
    As the global organization that oversees the development of international
standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies, the IEC
promotes discussion and cooperation on all issues regarding the
standardization and conformity assessment of electrotechnical products. In
addition, the IEC facilitates the operation of conformity assessment schemes,
such as the IECEx Scheme. The objective of the IECEx Scheme is to facilitate
international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive
atmospheres, while maintaining the necessary levels of safety.
    "Kerry has long been recognized worldwide as a leading hazardous
locations expert and has shown a longstanding commitment through many years of
active participation in the development, management and operation of IECEx,"
said Chris Agius, IECEx executive secretary. "Under his leadership, IECEx will
continue to demonstrate its unique global standing as the single international
conformity assessment system to meet the needs of all stakeholders of the
ever-increasing and varied Global Ex industries."
    "Kerry's election into the Chair of the IECEx Scheme management committee
is a great honor for both Kerry and UL," said Bill Colavecchio, vice president
and general manager of the Industrial Products Sector at UL. "Ultimately, it
demonstrates not only the respect of his peers, but also his superior level of
technical competency, thought leadership and commitment to UL's Mission of
Public Safety."
    General membership's acceptance of McManama's nomination was unanimous at
the annual meeting, held Oct. 2, in Paris, France. More than 100 delegates
from 28 participating countries voted, including Australia, Canada, China,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy,
Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia,
Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland,
United Kingdom and the United States.
    "I have total confidence in Kerry to continue the progress of an already
highly-recognized conformity assessment scheme," said Dr. Uwe Klausmeyer,
outgoing chairman of the IECEx Scheme. "His integrity and explosion protection
expertise will bring the right tailwind for further development and I know we
can look forward to a promising future for the IECEx Scheme."
    McManama began his tenure with UL in 1992 as an engineer working in
Industrial Control Equipment and managing Hazardous Locations operations. He
has served on various IEC technical committees as a United States expert and
also as the IEC-SC-31H (Combustible Dusts) Secretary. He was the first U.S.
chairman of the USNC/IECEx committee and has been head U.S. delegate to the
international IECEx meetings for the last 10 years.
    About Underwriters Laboratories
    Underwriters Laboratories is an independent product safety certification
organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety
for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products,
components, materials and systems annually with 21 billion UL Marks appearing
on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of
companies and network of service providers includes 63 laboratory, testing and
certification facilities serving customers in 99 countries. UL is also the
only National Certification Body (NCB) for PV in North America and an
OSHA-accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Visit:

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