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Volume 13, Issue Number 1 February 13, 2009

Free PPE Webinar, Feb. 24 -- Register Today!

/Free Webinar on PPE Tuesday, February 24

NECA will host a free web-based educational seminar on "Personal Protective Equipment: Regulatory Changes and the Impact on the Electrical Contractors" on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. While the Webinar is free, registration is required for all participants.

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Summary Work-Related Injury and Illnesses/OSHA 300A Deadline

The deadline for NECA-member companies to post their Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illness to OSHA is April 30, 2009. This form, also known as the OSHA 300A, must be posted by employers between February 1 and April 30 annually for the previous year. Failure to post the Summary of Work-Related Injury and Illness can lead to multiple fines or citations.

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New and Revised National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) for 2009

NECA currently has four new National Electrical Installation Standards in various stages of production and is finalizing revisions of five existing NEIS.

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Code Question of the Quarter

The following is a code question sent to NECA's Executive Director of Standards and Safety, Michael J. Johnston.

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Do Employers Need to Pay for Lineman Belts and Hooks?

OSHA issued a letter of interpretation, Employer Payment for Lineman Belts and Hooks, on May 1, 2008. Although brief, the letter addresses whether linemen belts and hooks are considered to be personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Report on the 2011 NEC Development Process

The National Electrical Code technical committees met in Hilton Head, S.C., Jan. 11-24, to review proposals for the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC).

This cycle there were 5077 proposals submitted to revise the NEC. NECA is represented on each of the 19 NEC technical committees and has six NEC panel chair positions. The following are various proposed changes that have been submitted for the 2011 NEC.

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Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E)

The 2009 edition of NFPA 70E, the standard from the National Fire Protection Association that addresses electrical safety requirements for employees, was published by NFPA in September 2008.

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Ignoring Your Home's Electrical System Can Be Costly

The National Fire Protection Association Research Foundation has developed an important website, www.homewiringsafety.com, that explains the importance of electrical safety in the home. NECA is an active participant in the NFPA Research Foundation projects related to the electrical industry.

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Electrical Code Coalition

The Electrical Code Coalition was formed in 1996, with NECA leading the effort. The objectives of this coalition, known at the time as the Electrical Inspection Initiative, were to increase industry focus and emphasis on electrical safety though quality electrical inspections.

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2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) Adoption

Since the 2008 NEC was published, approximately 16 states have adopted it.

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Counterfeit Electrical Products?

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and TED magazines launched www.couterfeitscankill.com as part of the industry-wide effort to curb the sale and installation of counterfeit electrical products. The site is part of the electrical industry's initiative to warn the public about the dangers and liabilities associated with counterfeit electrical products.

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Quarterly Electrical Safety Reminders

1) Review Electrical Safety Programs to ensure compliance with new OSHA and NFPA 70E changes. To purchase NECA’s revised NFPA Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Selector visit the NECA Store.

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NECA Standards and Safety Webinars

Did you miss any of the NECA Standards and Safety webinars?  Now you can view the past webinars here.

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Industry Related Recalls

Don't forget to periodically check the NFPA's Product Recalls & Counterfeiting Warnings webpage to view updated information on recalls and counterfeiting warnings.

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In Brief

OSHA PPE Per-employee Citations

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to add an article to the Contractors Code Letter, please e-mail or call Aidan McCallion. She can be reached at 301-657-3110.

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