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. 

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is full of rules and regulations that are intended to make electricity use safe. Consider the rules for sizing conductors and overcurrent protection.

Each new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) brings change typically driven by the desire for electrical safety improvements for people and property. The Code provides the minimum requirements for safe electrical installations.

Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry, bringing about hundreds of revisions and new rules to the code.After a successful webinar series in the fall of 2016, we're revisiting the topic in a sin

Working the day-to-day, it's sometimes easy to forget that the codes and standards for the electrical industry are living documents that change regularly to accommodate current technologies and trends as well as to better achieve their respective goals.

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Avoid Costly Mistakes

The model building code treats campus dormitories as residential occupancies. However, a dorm does not function the same as a commercial apartment building. In some cases, the architect has created a physical design to accommodate as many students as possible.


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Multiwire Branch Circuits

Are multiwire branch circuits becoming antiquated for most new installations, or are they still being used in most circuit applications?


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General Installation Requirements, Part II

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is divided into an introduction and nine chapters with 10 informational annexes. As specified in 90.5(D), the informative annexes are not part of the NEC’s enforceable requirements but are included for informational purposes only.


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Receptacles at Patient Beds

Advances in medical technology have resulted in more medical appliances and equipment being used in general-care and critical-care patient bed locations. The governing body of the healthcare facility typically determines the level of care in a given area.


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Who Is Qualified?

The term “qualified person” has a very broad meaning in a general context. From a simple standpoint, outside of the codes and standards world, it might mean having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like.


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Labeling, Multiwire Branch-Circuit Dangers And More

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 codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
 Required labeling



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Littelfuse Shock-Block Class C and D GFCI
Special-Purpose GFCIs

I recently taught a 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) class at an industrial facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., where an attendee asked about special-purpose ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) with trip levels above the normal 4­–6 milliampere (mA) trip threshold level.


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