Volume 8, Issue Number 1 January 1, 2003

New Construction Lift Safety Guidelines Available

NECA has just issued Safe Use of Aerial & Scissor Lifts.

It is the latest in a series of safety publications that help electrical contractors maintain safe jobsites, while complying with regulations of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Safe Use of Aerial & Scissor Lifts is a guide that helps contractors develop their own company programs for safe lift use. Such programs protect employees while improving productivity and lowering costs. In addition, they are often required by general contractors and/or project owners as a condition of obtaining work.
Safe Use of Aerial & Scissor Lifts provides comprehensive information about the following:

• Selecting the proper lift for each construction site application.
• Applicable OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) safety standards.
• Sample company procedures for safe use of aerial and scissor lifts.
• Employee training requirements and sample safety “toolbox talk.”
• Lift maintenance requirements.
“Bureau of Labor statistics indicate that 25 percent of all lift-related fatalities involve construction electricians, while OSHA data places the figure closer to 40 percent,” observed Dave Potts, NECA’s director for safety and insurance. “This concise yet comprehensive new guide is intended to help contractors address this risk.”

Ordering information. Safe Use of Aerial & Scissor Lifts is priced at $30, with NECA-member and quantity discounts available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 tel, (301) 215-4500 fax, or and request Index No. 5027. Provide your name, company, mailing address and NECA member number (where applicable). All orders must be prepaid by check or credit card. NECA publications can also be ordered online at

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NECA’s D. Harold Ware Named Member Emeritus of NEC Technical Correlating Committee

NECA member D. Harold Ware has been named Member Emeritus of the National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee (NEC-TCC).

The honor was conferred by the National Fire Protection Association, publisher of the world’s best-selling regulatory standard. Harold Ware has been helping to create the NEC for more than 35 years, as a member of various Code-Making Panels, as chair of CMP-16, and as chair of the Technical Correlating Committee, supervising body of the entire Code process.

He chaired the NEC-TCC from 1991-2001, during what is widely seen as a period of expansion and modernization for the NEC. During Ware’s tenure, membership in Code-Making Panels was broadened, and specialized task groups were formed to tackle particular problems outside the scope of any one Panel. He spearheaded development of a new NEC Style Guide to provide better guidance for Panel members and chairs in how to write clear, effective Code rules that could be enforced in a consistent manner to maximize public safety.

“Harold was one of the great leaders of the NEC,” observed Mark W. Earley, assistant vice president for electrical engineering at NFPA. “The time during which he chaired the Code was one of great change. He saw the need to make sure that, as the National Electrical Code evolved to recognize new technologies, it must stay useable and understandable.” D. Harold Ware is president of Libra Electric Company in Oklahoma City. Over the course of his career in the electrical construction industry, he has received numerous other honors and awards, including the coveted Coggeshall Award presented by NECA and the prestigious NFPA Standards Medal.

Last year, Ware was recognized at NECA’s 100th Annual Meeting for his “long service and conspicuous leadership of the National Electrical Code.” He is also an active member of CMP-17. Harold Ware is only the second person to receive member emeritus recognition in the National Electrical Code’s century-long history. The first recipient was NECA member Dick Biermann. “NECA has given us some truly great leaders,” observed NFPA’s Earley.

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Newest NEIS Covers Busway Installation and Maintenance

NECA 408-2002, Recommended Practice for Installing Busways (ANSI) has just been published.

It covers feeder and plug-in busways rated 600 Volts AC or less, and 100 Amperes or more. NECA 408 is the nineteenth publication in the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS)® series, published by NECA.

NEIS are the first quality and workmanship standards for electrical construction approved by the American National Standards Institute. ANSI-approved technical documents are generally regarded as being the status “official” U.S. standard on any given subject. NEIS are referenced by consulting engineers in their plans and specifications for electrical construction projects. They are also used as textbooks in electrician apprenticeship and training programs.

Ordering information. The new standard is priced is at $25, with NECA-member and quantity discounts available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 tel, (301) 215-4500 fax, or orderdesk@ and request NECA 408. Provide your name, company, mailing address and NECA member number (where applicable). All orders must be prepaid by check or credit card. NECA 408 is also available in downloadable .PDF format from

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2005 National Electrical Code Process Underway

Between January 13-25, 2003, National Electrical Code panels met in Hilton Head Island, SC.

These meetings kicked off the 22-month revision process that will turn the 2002 NEC into the 2005 edition. Nearly 400 principal and alternate representatives from electrical industry organizations came together to consider more than 3600 proposals that had been submitted to revise the NEC.

The 19 Code-Making Panels met for as long as five days to discuss and vote on each individual proposal. Their actions to accept or reject proposals, along with the reasons for those actions, will be published for public review in a book called the Report on Proposals (ROP) — and also online.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has been a major participant in the Code process for nearly a century. It is one of a handful of organizations with representatives on each CMP. NECA also chairs seven CMPs and has two members on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee, supervising body for the National Electrical Code.

NEC revision process schedule

• First panel meetings – January 13-25, 2003
• NEC-TCC meeting – April 28-May 3, 2003
• Report on Proposals available – July 2003
• Public comment deadline – October 31, 2003
• Second panel meetings – December 1-13, 2003
• NEC-TCC meeting – February 23-27, 2004
• Report on Comments available – April 2004
• NFPA Annual Meeting (final approval) – May 23-27, 2004
• 2005 NEC published – July 2004

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NECA, UL Presidents Reaffirm Support for National Electrical Code

The presidents of the largest North American electrical construction organization and the leading global product testing agency joined forces at the National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) Annual Convention and Trade Show in Chicago to endorse the National Electrical Code as the nation’s wiring rules, the standard for electrical safety.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) was presented with NECA’s 2002 Industry Partner Award at a ceremony in October 2002.

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ICC Code a “Matter of Extreme Concern,” NECA Tells Consulting Engineers

The chief executive officer of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has warned the nation’s consulting engineers that they should “strongly oppose” the ICC Electrical Code, issued by the International Code Council.

In an open letter to the construction industry, NECA CEO John M. Grau warned that “electrical interests are excluded from voting on ICC’s Electrical Code. There are no electrical engineers, contractors, utilities, inspectors, test labs, or electricians on the ICC committee that writes their wiring rules.

This should be a matter of extreme concern to all electrical consulting engineers – as it is to NECA contractors. “The International Code Council is a non-electrical organization attempting to write wiring rules that compete with the accepted safety standard for the last century — the National Electrical Code,” he continued. “We cannot allow this to happen.” John M. Grau’s letter appeared in the October 2002 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, a major industry publication for engineers who design buildings and similar structures. Read it at

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MasterFormat Proposed Changes Still Roiling Construction Industry

On December 16, a “blue ribbon” panel met in Washington, DC to debate proposed changes to the MasterFormat model specification system, published by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Revisions announced by CSI would expand the present 16 divisions (which have been in place since 1964) to more than 70. They would also break up Division 15 “Mechanical” and Division 16 “Electrical” into several new divisions each.

Continuing controversy
The construction industry has loudly protested these plans for over a year, complaining that making wholesale changes to the long-established MasterFormat system will cause confusion in the design, bidding, and construction of building projects. This confusion, groups say, will increase costs and construction times and harm the interests of project owners and developers. Major construction industry organizations which oppose CSI’s plans include:

• Associated General Contractors
• National Electrical Contractors Association
• Mechanical Contractors Association of America
• Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association
• Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
• Canadian Construction Association
• National Fire Sprinkler Association

The purpose of the industry meeting, hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was to discuss how CSI MasterFormat could best be updated and modernized without causing disruptions throughout the construction industry. Representatives from the different construction sectors presented plans for alternate revision schemes that would better meet the needs of owners and all affected interests.
Integrated Building Systems (IBS-16)
NECA has been one of the most active organizations in this controversy. Its “Integrated Building Systems” proposal for the next edition of CSI MasterFormat updates and expands Division 16 “Electrical” to include all power, communications, voice-data-video networking, and life safety/access control systems. Visit for more information.

The blue ribbon panel which met at AIA headquarters in Washington, DC on December 16 plans to present alternate revision proposals for the next edition of CSI MasterFormat at the upcoming MasterFormat Industry Symposium. That event is scheduled for January 24, 2003 in San Francisco.

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Code Calendar

Upcoming meetings of interest to the codes & standards community:

Jan 13–25: National Electrical Code-Making Panels, Hilton Head Island, SC
Jan 13–15: NFPA 5000 (Building Code) Technical Correlating Committee, Tempe, AZ
Feb 6–7: ANSI Board of Standards Review, Key West, FL
Apr 2–3: NFPA Standards Council, Washington, DC
Apr 27–May 2: NEC Technical Correlating Committee, Longboat Key, FL
May 1–2: ANSI Board of Standards Review, New York, NY
May 18–22: NFPA Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX

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Articles by and about NECA Standards & Safety have appeared recently in the following publications:

Cabling Business Magazine, “NECA Issue New Safety Publication,” December 2002 Electrical Contractor,
“New User’s Guide to the National Electrical Code Published,” December 2002 The Wall Street Journal,
“Construction Handbook Gets a Rewrite,” November 6, 2002 Power Outlet,
“The Type NM Cable Brouhaha,” Volume 2, Number 2 Buildings,
“Insuring Quality: Quality Requirements for Electrical Construction,” October 2002 Consulting-Specifying Engineer,
“NECA Backs NFPA 5000,” October 2002

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Georgia adopts 2002 National Electrical Code Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs began enforcing the current edition of the National Electrical Code on January 1, 2003. Georgia adopted the 2002 NEC with two minor amendments. One requires GFCI protection for receptacles installed throughout kitchens, on rooftops, and within 6 feet of any sink or basin. The other changes how heating and air conditioning loads are calculated in 220.30. For more information, contact DCA at (404) 679-3118 or

NEMA vice president named SES Fellow Frank Kitzantides, vice president of engineering for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), was named an SES Fellow by the Standards Engineering Society at the organization’s most recent annual meeting in Pittsburgh. He was honored for professional direction in, and special contribution to, the field of standardization.” Kitzantides’ list of achievements in national and international standards certification is extensive. He is a board member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has served on the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) since 1989, and is chairman of the IECC CB Scheme, a global program for mutual recognition of test results among national product testing and certification agencies.

Textbook by NECA Code Question author Charles M. Trout, the expert behind NECA’s popular online feature “Code Question of the Day,” is also the author of an important textbook about the National Electrical Code.

Electrical Installation and Inspection uses clear text and more than 400 color illustrations to explain 2002 NEC Rules. It covers basic requirements for installing electrical products and systems in commercial, residential, and industrial buildings. Major subject areas include load calculations; circuit design and layout; elevators; the special requirements of escalators and lifts; cranes and hoists; wiring systems for information technology rooms; and electrical installations in hazardous (classified) locations.

Electrical Installation and Inspection costs $56 plus shipping. To order, contact Delmar at (800) 998-7498 or You can also order Charlie Trout’s book from New NFPA premises security committee The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has formed a new Technical Committee on Premises Security to develop performance standards for all types of burglar alarm, access control, and life safety systems. The committee’s scope is “the overall security program for the protection of premises, people, property, and information specific to a particular occupancy.” This represents an expansion of NFPA’s historic mission beyond fire and electrical safety, to embrace other types of threats and hazards.

The new TC on Premises Security will be responsible for three standards:

• NFPA 72-2002, National Fire Alarm Code • NFPA 730-2xxx, Premises Security Code (new)
• NFPA 731-2xxx, Installation of Premises Security Equipment (new)
Online electrical newsletter available Mike Holt’s Electrical Newsletter is a daily online feature filled with topics of interest to those in the electrical industry. Each newsletter is a “white paper” covering a different technical subject — voltage drop, power quality, grounding, business training — of practical use to electricians, contractors, and inspectors. Mike Holt’s Electrical Newsletter also serves as on online forum where readers can trade ideas and solutions about technical problems. For a free subscription, go to and click on “Newsletter” at the left side of the page.

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