What’s going on? – IEC 60479-1 and IEC 60479-2 DC body resistance

 

This document reviews the DC body resistance and pulsed DC content of the following two standards:

·      IEC 60479-1:2018, Effects of current on human beings and livestock – Part 1: General aspects
·      IEC 60479-2:2019, Effects of current on human beings and livestock – Part 2: Special aspects

Cross references are made to other documents:

·      Panescu, D., et al: Transthoracic Ventricular Fibrillation Charge Thresholds
·      Nute, R: Body resistance — a review
·      Kroll, Perkins, Pratt, Stuart, Bury and Panescu, Safety of a High-Efficiency Electrical Fence Energizer
·      IEC 60990:2016: Methods of measurement of touch current and protective conductor current
·      Perkins, P: TOUCH CURRENT measurement; Showing how it works, Parts 1 to 3
·      IEC 61201:2007, Use of conventional touch voltage limits – Application guide
·      IEC TR 60479-5:2007, Effects of current on human beings and livestock – Part 5: Touch voltage threshold values for physiological effects

Readers must be aware of the document disclaimer and convince themselves, through reading the referenced standards and papers, that the interpretations herein are correct before acting on them.