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.
 Arc-resistant switchgear

For my December 2005 column in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, I wrote about the installation of parallel conductors in a metal wireway and the subsequent heating effects. These heating effects occur whether the parallel conductors are installed in a metal or nonmetallic wireway or in an auxiliary gutter.

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) 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 [110.1].

Special rules for ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) apply to healthcare facilities. Section 517.17(A) indicates that these GFPE rules apply to hospitals and other buildings (including multiple occupancy buildings) with critical-care space or where life-support equipment is used.

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Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part III

210.70(A)(1) Lighting Outlets Required Lighting outlet requirements are covered in the last section of Article 210. Branch circuits supplying lighting outlets must be installed in accordance with the provisions in 210.70(A) through (C).

Understanding Luminaires and Lamps

A luminaire is defined in Article 100 as “a complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps together with the parts designed to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps and ballast (where applicable), and to connect the lamps to the power supply.” Since luminaires (lighting fixtu

More than Just a 'Gas' Station
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The NEC changes to account for new fuels

Supplying Emergency Lighting, Swimming Pool Pump Motors and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations

Branch Circuits--Required Receptacle Outlets, Part XI

210.62 Show Windows Requirements specifying the placement of receptacle outlets are covered in 210.52 through 210.63. The majority of these provisions pertain to dwelling units.

A Quick Means of Egress - Necessary Updates To 2002 Code

It is extremely important to provide a safe and clear means of egress from electrical equipment and to ensure a worker’s ability to quickly exit an area during an electrical explosion and fire. The 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC) has added some necessary requirements to provide that safety.

New User's Guide to NEC Published
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"Bethesda, MD - Brooke Stauffer, executive director for standards and safety at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), has written an authoritative new reference book just published by the developer of the NEC®.