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. 

Grounding methods and requirements for systems operating at more than 1,000 volts (V), such as 5- and 15-kilovolt (kV) systems, differ slightly from those for systems of 1,000V or less. Systems in these voltage ranges are commonly referred to as medium-voltage systems.

GFCI in locker rooms

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. Send questions to Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 GFCI in locker rooms

Those of us who use the National Electrical Code (NEC) on a regular basis and are familiar with the words as well as the intent of the text can often overlook the most obvious interpretations by the rest of the electrical industry.

National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 110 covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations.

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General Installation Requirements

There have been countless changes, both in the electrical industry and in the National Electrical Code (NEC), since the first edition in 1897. While a lot has changed, the reason and purpose of the Code have remained constant.

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.

Always Moving Forward

If you spend any amount of time in our industry, you are well aware that all codes and standards change, usually on a three-year timetable.

Countertop Receptacles, Equipment Tightening Torque 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 Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
 Kitchen countertop receptacle height

Hangar Stakes Are Higher

Many of the articles I write for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR originate as questions from people who read my columns or attend my workshops.

Sizing Conductors, Part XLIV

Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, with the exception of circuits that supply motor loads only. Article 430 covers these branch circuits, and Part II covers motor-circuit conductors.

Metal-Clad Healthcare

A reader wrote in that an inspector had turned down one of his projects, citing the installation was in violation of National Electrical Code (NEC) 517.13(A) and (B) because Type MC cable was installed in the patient-care areas.