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) uses the word “harmonic” exactly 11 times, all in combination with or explanation of neutral conductors. However, “harmonic” is not defined in the NEC.

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) address conductor-withstand ratings for wire-type equipment grounding conductors (EGCs)? Yes, but it is worthy of a more detailed explanation.

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.
 Grounded conductor 
terminations, panelboards

Conductor identification requirements are located in articles throughout the National Electrical Code (NEC). The first such requirement is in Article 110, and it pertains to a specific type of electrical system.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits

210-4 Multiwire Branch Circuits

Adequate Short-circuit, Ground-fault, and Overload Protection

Continuing with our review of taps from branch circuits, Sec. 210-19 and from feeders, Sec. 240-21(b) and (c), we turn now to 240-21(d), which is a reference to Sec. 230-91, Service Conductors.

Grounding in Patient Care Areas, Overcurrent Protection for Motors, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 210—Branch Circuits Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 517—Health Care Facilities

Installing Cable TV in a Nursing Home Facility

As the Baby Boomers of our society reach their golden years, the need for more and more nursing home facilities will become imperative. Electrical contractors will be faced with the responsibility of properly installing many different sophisticated systems within these nursing homes.

Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, Air Conditioning and Refrigerator Equipment, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 440—Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Overcurrent protection

Group Classifications of Gases or Vapors in a Hazardous (Classified) Location

It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.