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The 2017 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show was the site where changes to the NEC® (National Electrical Code) were revealed. “Electrical installations, both in new construction and renovations are subject to compliance with NEC requirements,” said NECA executive director standards and chairman of the NEC Correlating Committee. “Electrical contractors need to know the latest NEC revisions to attain compliance with safety installation rules that apply to the latest technologies and methods,” he continued.
The NEC® (National Electrical Code) is updated every three years in keeping with the latest technological and regulatory/installation requirements. In 2017, NFPA 70® noticeably raised the bar for electrical safety in commercial, residential, and manufacturing properties and industries.
The revised code defines the latest regulations for electrical wiring, equipment installation, and overcurrent protection. Electrical Contractor’s Jim Phillips says, “Around 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with the saying, ‘The only thing that is constant is change.’ Who knew this ancient proverb would apply to NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace? . . . From both minor and major revisions to new additions and major reorganizations, this 11th edition contains many changes.” Hazard identification and reduction are key.
These are some, but by no means not all of the changes:
There is a lot of information to process in the 2017 National Electrical Code. With the stronger emphasis on investigating and preventing potential hazards, employees who are knowledgeable about the changes in code can lead the effort to lower the human margin of error. Some of the revisions your employees should be aware of include:
Your business can’t afford the risks of not knowing what could be a relatively minor piece of information that could make a huge difference in safety compliance. From everything as simple as installing a new security camera to setting overloads on a motor starter, NEC code compliance is mandatory.
Telling your employees to “download and read” the .pdf files online isn’t going to cut it. Understanding the 2017 National Electrical Code® and NEC® Applications is a 3-day course that provides the latest information and practical application exercises, effective for new employees as well as experienced electricians seeking Code updates.
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