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. 

Temporary power use

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.
 Temporary power use

For years, Article 516 of the National Electrical Code (NEC)— covering spray applications, dipping and coating processes using flammable liquids, combustible liquids and combustible powders—did not seem to change much, if at all.

National Electrical Code (NEC) sections 90.5(A) and (B) explain how to recognize mandatory rules and permissive rules. In accordance with 90.5(A), mandatory rules identify actions that are specifically required or are specifically prohibited.

Life is full of surprises, and so is the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E. After years of requiring specific information on arc flash equipment labels, as listed in 130.5(H1) through (H3), the 2018 edition has introduced Exception No.

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AFCIs, Cable Trays and More

Article 100 Definitions; Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 250 Grounding and Bonding; Article 300 Wiring Methods; Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring; Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS; Article 392 Cable Trays; Article 422 Appliances; Article 440 Air-Conditionin

A Serious Decision

Occasionally, a change occurs in the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the ramifications are not realized until after the Code is issued. One such change can be found in Section 210.4(B) in the 2008 NEC.

Outdoor Receptactles, AFCIs and More

Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 220 Branch Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring; Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS; Article 358 Electrical Metallic Tubing: Type EM

Being Safe and Doing it Right

After addressing the lighting and exterior area of the premises last month, this month’s article concentrates primarily on internal security of the building, using Article 708 covering critical operations power systems (COPS) in the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Try This on for Size

The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) has been revised by declaring the appropriate procedure for calculating the load to size the neutral conductor. There has always been a controversy between designers on the application of the NEC concerning this calculation.

Paralleling Cable, Compressor Motor Protection and More

Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 240—Overcurrent Protection; Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring; Article 334—Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable: Type NM, NMC, and NMS; Article 406—Receptacles, Cord Connecto