The Challenge of Increasing Electrical Safety, Part 1

Municipalities across the nation have faced unprecedented difficulties adopting the new 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC®), from the National Fire Protection Association, Inc. (NFPA)....

Industrial Control Panels for Roof Top Units

The electrical inspector has to verify the adequacy of SCCR of heating and cooling equipment at the location where it is installed; the electrical...

Extreme Weather and Time Pressures Undermine Safety

Over the past months we have had the pleasure of enduring another winter, and in the electrical industry this can always pose many challenges....

With Eyes Wide Open – 2009 International President Richard Owen

Three hefty challenges face IAEI in its eighty-first year. First, and perhaps the most troubling of the three, is the weakening position of the...

Safely Lighting in Hazardous Environments

Lighting fixtures play a critical role in the safe, efficient and productive operation of any industrial facility or production process. Darkened, enclosed and round-the-clock...

Is Your City Stealing from You?

Most people don’t think too much about what their city does for them until something goes wrong. What services do the cities provide to their...

Survivability under Fire

On December 27, 2006, a three-alarm fire occurred in a 16-story fully sprinklered residential building known as Plumley Village. The fire attacked the building...

Using Technology to Minimize the Arc-Flash Hazard

Although arc hazards have existed since man began using electricity, increasing deaths, injuries and property loss from arcing faults have led to increased awareness...

IAEI Membership – A Value That Is Unmatched

Role of the International Membership Committee The International Membership Committee held its annual meeting at IAEI International headquarters in November 2008. The primary purpose of...

What can I do for IAEI?

As I write this month’s editorial it is just after the annual section meetings and just before the International Board of Directors meeting, and...