Great Safety is Great Business

Mel Terk, Business Development Manager, IRISS


Thousands of electrical personnel are injured or killed annually on the job because of electrical accidents.  Companies lose millions of dollars from unplanned power interruptions or outages due to failing critical electrical assets. Can these two scenarios be eliminated by technology?  The answer is yes!
Predictive and safe reliability strategies achieve great safety and great safety is great business.  Why?

  •  Innovative products and services are available for inspections of energized electrical assets in a closed, guarded and safe condition ensuring personnel are never exposed to the dangers of Arc Flash or electrocution


  • Condition based monitoring of critical electrical assets using these reliability strategies can be performed at any time, so asset deterioration can be detected long before it fails completely


  • Data Driven procedures using these reliability strategies are performed with minimal disruption to daily facility operations – in contrast to historical time based shutdowns required in the past


  • Companies recognize that reliability strategies focused on safety and efficiency save their bottom line and provide for compliance to safety regulations

Today’s electrical distribution assets are more complex and require a different approach to maintenance.  Technology is available today to support data driven reliable and safe condition based monitoring of these assets enabling companies to recognize safe, effective and profitable outcomes.


1. Traditional inspections of electrical assets are dangerous, time consuming and costly to a company.
2. Technology is available today to support data driven reliable and safe condition based monitoring of electrical assets
3. These new innovations support a company’s compliance with new safety regulations like NFPA 70E 2018 Edition


Mel is a Level 1 Infrared and Level 1 A/SU Certified professional. Mel is passionate about working with companies towards achieving safer and more reliability functionality with respect to their electrical assets. As a Business Development Manager for IRISS since 2012, he currently is responsible for covering large areas of the USA and Canada principally in the OEM, Power Generation, EPC/Consulting Engineering markets with secondary input to IRISS’ traditional distribution channel[s].

Prior to joining IRISS, he held various positions with increasing responsibility for Castro Furniture Corp and Capitol Hardware. Mel was responsible for Vacuum, Compressor, and Manifolded Gas systems specification writing, central source equipment & system sizing, sales, start-up testing & commissioning Power Generation, Chemical/Industrial, Medical, and Municipal WWTF / Potable Water Systems Applications.

Mel’s educational journey includes:
• East Coast Aero Technical School—Pre-Aeronautical Engineering segue training in Aviation Technology toward Federal A&P Technician Licensure —Trained in Reciprocating & Turbine aircraft powerplants, Fixed Wing & Rotary Wing Aircraft, Aluminum & Sheet Metal fuselage fitting and welding, and Fabric Covered fuselage.
• University of Massachusetts [attended]—Liberal Arts
• Mass College of Pharmacy [attended]—Pharmacy Science
• Northeastern University [attended]—Romance Languages Study