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Homeowner, meet the Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter
Things can change in the blink of an eye. Ask your son or daughter how to use a rotary telephone and see the blank stares you receive. Things we inspectors and electricians take for granted, such as ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection, are somewhat foreign to the average homeowner. On top of that, changes occur every time the National Electric...
Wiomen in IAEI leadership
It was during preparation for the education program at the 2018 IAEI Section meeting that I came up with the idea of increasing the presence of women in the electrical construction field. After receiving the blessing of the Eastern Section President, Michal Hofkin, we proceeded full tilt to prepare the section meeting program. The original spark for the idea...
Inconsistencies between codes and standards
After I wrote a couple of articles on this subject in my role as Chair of the Liaison S/C between the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CE Code) and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC), I have received numerous e-mails and phone calls from the electrical industry stakeholders with comments, observations, questions, and concerns. The majority of such e-mails...
Bonding electrical equipment on poles
A five-year-old girl was electrocuted; we don’t need another! Unfortunately, some Code changes are a direct result of a fatality. Canadian Electrical Code Rule 30-1024 1 (previously Rule 30-1030) is an example of a tragedy resulting in a change. It has been 25 years since that fateful day in May when the child was electrocuted, and it is time to...
Keep it simple: Let's make 110.16 (B) easier to implement
As an electrical engineer, I love digging into details. Usually the more specific I am, the less chance for a mishap. But for contractors in the field, complexities within the electrical code can be difficult to address. In 2002, Section 110.16(A) was adopted into the National Electrical Code (NEC) to address arc flash awareness via a simple label warning of...
Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 / Installment 10
The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook,...
22 ways to make the right reputation
It always comes as a shock to find out that others see us quite differently than we see ourselves. More often than not, it can be distressing, particularly at work. “I don’t get it. I’m not that way.” Maybe not. But it happens. And when it does, a bad rep can stick tighter than super glue thanks to word-of-mouth...
IREC names IAEI 2018 3iAward winner and Energy Hero
The Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco this summer was the backdrop for the presentation of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) 2018 3iAwards. Among those honored through the national search was the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) for its work with IREC’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. The award celebrates “the nation’s best innovation,...
It's time to get serious about your happiness
There’s a great quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.” When it comes to our happiness and our overall success in life, that’s truer than you might have realized. Taking time to examine the choices you make in your life and work each day and over the long term to make sure they are enhancing your well-being can do...
Asbestos a workplace health hazard
In 2016, nearly 5,200 people died as a result of an occupational incident, including accidents, fires or exposure to hazardous materials, up from 4,836 deaths the year prior. Statistically, it is not uncommon for workers, including electricians, to be exposed to harm on the job. Industry workers and tradesmen at-large are at risk of exposure to substances such as lead,...
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