Michael Johnston

Executive Director of Standards, NECA

Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. He is chair of the NEC Technical Correlating Committee. He served as a principal representative on NEC CMP-5 representing IAEI for the 2002, 2005, and 2008 cycles and is currently the chair of CMP-5, representing NECA for the 2011 NEC cycle. Mike is a member of the IBEW and has experience as an electrical journeyman wireman, foreman and project superintendant. Mike worked for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) as the director of education, codes and standards for almost 10 years. He also worked as an electrical inspector and electrical inspection field supervisor for the city of Phoenix, Ariz. Johnston is an active member of IAEI, the NFPA Electrical Section, Education Section, the UL Electrical Council, and National Safety Council. Reach him at mjohnston@necanet.org.

Articles by Michael Johnston

May 2011
Many electrical designs incorporate parallel arrangements. The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires parallel conductors when supplying large switchboards and other large electrical equipment because large single conductors are not practical, economical or even available in many cases. READ MORE
February 2011
Part 1 of this series covered the most significant National Electrical Code (NEC) revisions in Article 90, Chapter 1. Part 2 addressed Chapter 2. Part 3 dealt with Chapter 3. Part 4 covered some of the more significant revisions in NEC chapters 4 and 5. Part 5 addresses some of the changes in Chapter 6 through 8. READ MORE
January 2011
Part 1 of this article covered the most significant National Electrical Code (NEC) revisions in Article 90, Chapter 1. Part 2 covered many of the changes in NEC Chapter 2. Part 3 addresses Chapter 3 revisions. This article covers some of the more significant changes in NEC chapters 4 and 5. READ MORE
December 2010
Part 1 of this article on changes in the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) addressed significant revisions to Article 90 and Chapter 1. Part 2 of this series reviewed significant revisions in NEC Chapter 2. Part 3 picks up with changes in NEC Chapter 3, which provides the requirements for electrical wiring methods and materials. READ MORE
November 2010
This article is Part 2 of a series that provides a concise and complete understanding of some of the significant changes that have been incorporated into the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). There were 5,077 Code change proposals and 2,935 public comments that the NEC technical committees acted on during the 2011 development process. READ MORE
October 2010
It seems like the NFPA Standards Council just approved the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC), and now the 2011 edition has been approved and was issued in August. Time flies when you’re having fun. Revising the NEC is a ton of work for the 19 technical committees each cycle. The NEC is in a continuous revision process due to its inherent dynamics. READ MORE
June 2010
As the government strives to implement healthcare reform and is approaching many hurdles, the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) is well into the development process. Technical committees have acted upon all NEC change proposals and comments. READ MORE
May 2010
Electrical contractors and electricians have shared responsibilities regarding safety in the work environment. The contractors are typically the employers that engage the services of the electrical workers. Employers and employees both have multiple responsibilities related to providing safe workplaces and carrying out safe work practices. READ MORE
February 2010
Security and life safety systems are a necessity in educational facilities. NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code, provides specific rules related to required means of egress and emergency lighting systems in addition to fire alarm systems governed by NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code. Schools are one type of occupancy addressed in Chapters 14 and 15 of NFPA 101. READ MORE