About Lanny Floyd


Lanny Floyd is an expert, consultant, author, speaker and educator in occupational electrical safety. He received his BSEE from VA Tech in 1973.  Lanny’s 45+ year career with DuPont focused on electrical safety in the construction, operation and maintenance of DuPont facilities worldwide.  His responsibilities included improving management systems, competency renewal, work practices, and the application of technologies critical to electrical safety performance in all DuPont operations. He has published more than 90 peer reviewed papers and magazine articles on occupational electrical safety. He has received awards and recognition from leading institutions for his work to advance the practice of occupational electrical safety. Lanny is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school of Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He retired from DuPont in 2014 as Principal Consultant and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader.

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Expert Witness

  • Number of times deposed/testified in last 4 years (2017-21): 10


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1973
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 2011 -2018
  • Life Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Board for Certified Safety Professionals
  • Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP), National Fire Protection Association
  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals
  • Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) Association of Asset Management Professionals
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying
  • American Society of Safety Professionals, professional member
  • Adjunct professor, Graduate School of Advanced Safety Engineering & Management, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Recipient, IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence
  • Named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on electrical safety, 2013
  • Author or co-author of more than 90 published papers and articles
  • Recipient, 12 prize paper awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Presenter at over 150 conferences, seminars and webcasts

Areas of Specialization

  • Electrical safety in construction, operation and maintenance of industrial and commercial facilities
  • Reliability of electrical energy and control systems
  • Serious Injury and Fatality prevention
  • Functional and organizational networks
  • Organizational culture essential for sustainable performance

Selected Accomplishments

Leading Organizational Change for Sustainable Electrical Safety Performance

  • Designed and led implementation of the strategy for continuous and sustainable improvement in occupational electrical safety for DuPont Global Operations. This work enabled breakthrough performance in prevention of serious injuries and fatalities from contact with electrical energy. With the implementation of these advanced methods of electrical safety management, there have been zero electrocution fatalities for both employees and contractors from 1993 to 2016.
  • Designed and provided leadership for creation of a professional network of electrical safety practitioners to facilitate advancements in codes, standards, regulations, technology and management systems essential to advancements impacting electrical safety. This network, launched in 1991, evolved into the IEEE Electrical Safety Committee and IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop and is recognized has having changed the electrical safety culture and accelerating improvements in electrical safety.

Preparing the Next Generation of Safety Professionals

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham invited Lanny to join the faculty of its Engineering School of Advanced Safety Engineering and Management. Lanny developed the curricula and is teaching Electrical Systems Safety in the Master of Engineering program.

Career History

2001 – Present   Vice President & Principal Consultant, Electrical Safety Group Inc., Elkton, MD

2013 – Present   Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham

1969 – 2014      Various assignments in electric power systems design, construction, maintenance, operation and safety with DuPont. Retired as Principal Consultant and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader, DuPont Safety Health & Environment, Wilmington, DE


  • 2021 recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in America for leadership and contributions in reducing occupational electrical injuries
  • 2021 Outstanding Emeritus Award, presented by IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee
  • 2017 William C. Jordan Award, presented by IEEE Industry Applications Society Electrical Safety Committee
  • 2013 IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Service Award
  • 2012 NFPA Standards Council Committee Service Award, presented by National Fire Protection 
  • 2011 Russell W. Mills Distinguished Service Award, presented by IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee
  • 2010 Harold J. Leviton Outstanding Service Award, presented by Electrical Safety Foundation International
  • 2004 IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence, with citation “for pioneering development of empirical models for predicting electric arc incident energy; and development of protective clothing classes based upon layering of flame resistant fabric” (Co-recipient with Richard Doughty and Thomas Neal)
  • 2004 DuPont Engineering Excellence Award, For contributions in Electric Power System Switchgear Incidents Intervention
  • 2004 DuPont Silver Triangle Award, “for significant contributions in advancing electrical safety”
  • 2003 DuPont Engineering Excellence Award, “for contributions in electric arc flash hazards 
  • 2002 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Technical Field Award, with citation “for advancing the development and application of electrical safety technology, standards and work practices for industrial systems”
  • 2000 named IEEE Fellow, with citation “for contributions to improve workplace electrical safety”
  • 1999 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Electrical Safety Excellence Award, with citation “for outstanding dedication and contributions made to advancing and accelerating the dispersion of information and knowledge impacting electrical safety”
  • 1991 DuPont Gold Plumb Bob Award, “for significant contributions to safety and health processes in DuPont Engineering”

Memberships and Certifications

  • American Society of Safety Engineers: Professional Member
  • Association of Asset Management Professionals: member and Certified Reliability Leader
  • Board for Certified Safety Professionals: Ceretified Safety Professional
  • Canadian Standards Association: past member Z462 Technical Committee, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation: member of Advisory Board
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Life Fellow member
  • National Fire Protection Association: member, past member of National Electrical Code Terchnical Committee, and Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional
  • Professional Engineer, registered in State of Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas,  and National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying
  • Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals: member and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional
  • Utility Safety & Operations Leadership Network: member and Certified Utility Safety Professional