IAEI Members Actively Participate in Code Revisions

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Safety Standards for electrical installations are widely used by installers, inspectors and plan reviewers to ensure that electrical systems in the built environment are safe from fire and shock hazards.

There are two major standards:

  • National Electrical Code (NEC) is published by National Fire Protection Association

  • Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CE Code) is published by Canadian Standards Association

These two safety standards are revised every three years. However, they are published in alternate years. For example, NFPA just published the 2017 NEC. CSA is currently working on the 2018 CE Code which will be published in January.  Both associations feel they have an obligation to help develop good code that is enforceable and that provides for a safer electrical installation.

IAEI members are actively involved in the development of both of these standards. In fact, this involvement has been part of the mission of IAEI since its inception in 1928. Members who are subject matter experts participate on the NEC code panels and on CSA technical committees. This participation is critical as it allows IAEI representatives to examine each standard from the perspective of the inspector to ensure that the rule is safe, unbiased, and enforceable. Consequently, these representatives become the most trusted source of unbiased information and expertise in the electrical industry, so much so that they have been termed the “eyes of the Code.”

You, as members of IAEI, have the opportunity to serve the public by representing the inspector’s voice on electrical safety codes and standards by becoming involved. We would like to continue the support of our members who would like to have their code changes reviewed and adopted and presented as an “Official IAEI” endorsed proposal.

During the 2020 NEC cycle, any IAEI member can submit his or her Public Input directly to IAEI. To submit a Public Input, sign in to the IAEI website at www.iaei.org. Using your membership credentials to sign in, go to the “Membership” tab and click on “IAEI Public Input/Comment” tab. You can then follow the step-by-step guide provided.

For those who wish to send in a CE Code proposal, you can either fill out Annex B in Appendix C found in the CE Code book or write up your proposal and submit to our IAEI Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 Committee representative at IAEI@rogers.com

As members of IAEI, your expertise and voice is important in helping develop good Code. Get involved — never underestimate your ability to influence change. Getting involved in the code development process enhances public safety by preventing fire and shock hazards.

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David Clements is CEO/Executive Director of IAEI. He has been an active IAEI member at the local, section and national levels for more than twenty-five years. He served as international board member from 1995 until 2007 when he served as our 2007 international president. In 2010, he retired after twenty-nine years with Nova Scotia Power, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as their chief electrical inspector. During his tenure as chief electrical inspector, he was a voting member on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Technical Committee on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, a member of the Regulatory Authority Committee and member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on Electrical Safety. He has served on NFPA Smart Grid Steering Committee, Electrical Infrastructure Training Program and is presently a member of the UL Electrical Council.