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, 2014 and 2017 NEC cycles. 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 mj@necanet.org.

Articles by Michael Johnston

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
December 2009
Emergency lighting systems consist of circuits and equipment intended to provide power to required facilities when normal power is interrupted. Municipal, state, federal or any governing agencies having jurisdiction typically are the entities that classify an emergency system. READ MORE
July 2009
This article provides readers with another high-level review of significant revisions that have been accepted at this stage in the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) development process. There were more than 5,000 proposals submitted and well over 1,000 proposals acted favorably by the Code-making panels (CMPs). READ MORE
June 2009
Communications systems and circuits in buildings must comply with the applicable rules in National Electrical Code (NEC) 2008 Article 800. Even though these systems operate at lower energy levels, improper grounding and bonding can result in severe consequences for equipment, property and people. READ MORE
May 2009
The National Electrical Code (NEC) development process just keeps rolling along. It is hard to believe that the 2011 NEC revision process is already well underway. It seems like many have just started figuring out what changed in the 2008 NEC, and the 2011 edition will be here before we know it. READ MORE
April 2009
Low voltage systems are often ungrounded, which is normal, but non-current-carrying metal parts of equipment associated with low voltage systems are generally required to be grounded if the supply system is grounded. This article reviews NEC requirements for grounding low voltage systems. We will also visit NEC provisions that do not permit these systems to be grounded. READ MORE