Codes & Standards


Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, except when they supply only motor loads, which Article 430 covers. When sizing conductors for branch circuits, it is necessary to comply with the provisions in Article 210.

My last article provided a history and background on Article 400, dealing with flexible cords and cables. This month, I delve further into whether flexible cords and cables could or should be installed in concealed locations.

In a recent training presentation, a question came up about the new identification requirements for automatically controlled receptacles. Does the marking need to be on the receptacle face, or is a marking on the faceplate in compliance?

More on Codes & Standards

Sizing Conductors, Part XXI

The rating of the overcurrent device must be considered when sizing a conductor.

Is There A Difference?

In the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC) process, proposals were submitted to change the phrase “equipment grounding conductor” to “equipment bonding conductor” wherever the phrase existed throughout the NEC.

Guardian Of The Ground

Grounding electrode conductors are essential in the grounding and bonding scheme for services and separately derived systems.

Defining Code Terminology, Marking Conductors And More

If you have a problem related to the National Electrical Code (NEC), are experiencing difficulty in understanding a Code requirement, or are wondering why or if such a requirement exists, ask Charlie, and he will let the Code decide. Questions can be sent to

If It Ain't Broke ...

In the March 2012 Electrical Contractor, I mentioned the increased number of receptacles in patient bed locations with a minimum of 14 receptacles in a Category 1 critical-care area and 36 receptacles in a Category 1 operating room for the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), based on changes in the

Cords For Temporary Wiring

Recently, the question arose about using cords for temporary wiring. It was interesting to watch the reaction and response. It seems there are considerable inconsistencies relative to this subject.

Sizing Conductors, Part XX

Table 310.15(B)(16) (formerly Table 310.16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides allowable ampacities for insulated conductors rated up to and including 2,000 volts (V).