Howard Wheeler is an electrical engineer with over 39 years of engineering and 29 years of project management experience.
Howard has been an electrical design and commissioning engineer since 1983, working as design departmental manager reviewing electrical designs and projects for large bespoke moving machinery as well as overseeing up to 12 electrical and 3 hydraulic design engineers.
He was first trained in the requirements of the Machinery, Low Voltage and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives in 1997 and has received subsequent significant experience and training throughout his career as these Directives have been updated and changed. His particular interest is how many of the multitude of different European directives might apply to one project or piece of equipment and the interfaces between the Machinery Directive and other Regulations/Directives.
Howard has been involved in the development and use of functional safety systems across all electrical, hydraulic and mechanical disciplines since 2005. Functional safety systems, including the requirements of software and safety management, have been worked upon up to SIL3 (EN 62061 & EN 61511) and PLe (EN ISO 13849).
He has had Involvement with designs for the nuclear sector (including Sellafield) at various times over the past 31 years.
He is a member of BSI standards committees MCE/3/-/4 Functional Safety of Machines 13849/62061 and AMT/010/0-/02 Robotics – Safety Requirements ISO 10218.