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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Help for the Busy Electrical Inspector

It is generally understood that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is responsible to evaluate and approve electrical equipment installations. These responsibilities are largely assigned to the AHJ by paragraph 110.2 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). It says that equipment is acceptable only if approved, where approved means “acceptable to the AHJ.” Of course, there are many distinctions, exceptions and deviations. But, still, as a general rule in the United States, it is the AHJ (typically the local electrical inspector) that carries out this responsibility. And it is not trivial. The liability associated with electrical safety can be enormous, and the amount of knowledge required to enforce equipment safety can be overwhelming.

Plan Review

A formal plan review process and plan reviewers are not found in numerous smaller jurisdictions due to budget constraints and the perceived lack of...

Fuel Supply for Emergency and Stand-by Generators 

Some readers of this article may be surprised that this subject came to discussion. However, reality has demonstrated that this issue has created (and...

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

More than likely, the old cliché of “Dress for Success” is a familiar phrase, but one could argue that it takes on an entire...

UL’s Improved Code Correlation Database

Does UL have a version of the Code Correlation Database that is optimized for a smart phone?  Yes. UL has redesigned the Code Correlation Database available...

2015 CE Code, Part 1 Changes

This is the third of a series of articles detailing significant changes for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code). The final...

Identify Your Members by the Theory of 21

“For every person who will say yes, there are twenty who will say no. For a positive response you must find the twenty-first person.”...

Where are Smoke Alarms in the NEC?

Every so often, I receive a phone call inquiring where to find the requirements for smoke alarms for single-family dwellings in the National Electric...

NEMA Publishes NEMA LSD 64-2014 Lighting Controls Terminology

ROSSLYN, Va., September 11, 2014—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA LSD 64-2014 Lighting Controls Terminology. This white paper, which was originally published...

Will History Show We Made the Right Decisions?

How well do you know the history of IAEI? Who were our founding fathers? How did we get from where we were, to where...
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