Ralph first started working in the electrical power industry, as a field-tester with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. This involved working with both low and high voltage switchgear, transformers, protection equipment, and instrumentation.
Following his time with the State Electricity Commission, Ralph moved into the marketing and sales of low voltage control equipment, including: motor starting equipment, control devices, instrumentation, and hazardous area equipment. Joining Wilco as a Product Designer in 1981, Ralph went on to become Engineering Manager there and soon begun working intimately with domestic, commercial and industrial products prior to Wilco being purchased by Gerard Industries. Since 1989 Ralph has managed the Industrial Product Design group within Gerard Industries’ Engineering Department with an emphasis on hazardous area products.
In 1981 Ralph commenced an active involvement in the Hazardous Area Equipment Section of AEEMA, as well as the Standards Australia Committees for Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas.
During 1991 Ralph became involved in IEC work, where he is now an Australian delegate to the IEC TC31 Committee, as well as several subcommittees. Ralph was appointed chair of IEC technical committee SC31H for Combustible Dusts and has successfully overseen the integration of requirements for Combustible Dusts with Explosive gas requirements. In addition, he is a delegate to the IECEE - ExMC committee for the International Certification Scheme for Hazardous Area Products.
Ralph was a recipient of the prestigious Standards Australia International "Standards Award" in 1997 and has had the honour of receiving the IEC 1906 award, which is given to ‘those experts who have made exceptional contributions to the IEC’s work.’
Jason has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering) from Monash University, as well as additional training in Quality Management System auditing and Hazardous Areas.
With more than 10 years experience working as an explosion protection expert/hazardous area inspector, Jason is comfortable working with both large and small clients when it comes to the classification, design, inspection and compliance of electrical equipment installations in hazardous areas.
Besides his work with E-x Solutions Jason is actively involved in the development of explosive atmospheres standards, including as Deputy Chair of Standards Australia committee EL-014, Vice Chair of IEC committee TC 31, and Chair of Standards Australia committee EL-014-07.