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Volume 15, Issue Number 2 September 1, 2011

Online Grounding and Bonding Course Now Available!

Is it time to get your CEUs for license renewal? Do your employees need to brush up on their grounding and bonding skills, but don't have a lot of time? Then NECA’s online Grounding and Bonding Course is your best option, whether you need a refresher on National Electrical Code’s grounding and bonding requirements or want to ensure your company is doing its work by the book.

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NECA 2011 San Diego is Around the Corner - Special Offers for Safety Pros!

The 2011 NECA Convention will be held in San Diego, October 22-25. The Convention is the industry's premier annual event, with electrical contractors, estimators and project managers from around the country, all converging in one location. There are many standards- and safety-focused preconvention workshops that you may be interested in, including:

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Brinkmeyer Earns NECA's 2011 Coggeshall Award

Wayne Brinkmeyer, NECA's Principal on the NEC Code-Making Panel 9, is the recipient of the 2011 Coggeshall Award. Brinkmeyer will be celebrating his 25th year on NECA's Codes and Standards Committee and on the National Fire Protection Associations NEC Code-Making Panels (CMPs) in 2012.

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NEIS Website Launches With New Look, More Accessibility

/ Have you had the chance to visit the relaunched NEIS site, www.neca-neis.org, yet? The site links NEIS users and the standards’ categories, matching standards that benefit a variety of users. It also puts more information about each standard up front.

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New and Revised NEIS

National Electrical Installation Standards are the only ANSI-approved performance and workmanship industry standards for electrical construction. Construction owners, specifiers and contractors rely on NEIS to clearly illustrate the performance and workmanship standards for different types of electrical construction. NEIS are also referenced throughout the National Electrical Code. Since April, there have been a number of new and revised NEIS being published. Here they are:

NECA 1-2010, Standard Practice of Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction reaffirmed
NECA 169-2010, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters new
NECA 230-2010, Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers revised
NECA 305-2010, Standard for Fire Alarm System Job Practices revised
NECA 505-2010 Standard for Installing and Maintaining High Mast, Roadway and Area Lighting new
NECA/BICSI 607-2011, Standard for Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings new

Ordering information: The standards are $20 for NECA members, $40 for non-members. Quantity discounts are available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 tel, (301) 215-4500 fax.

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Code Question of the Quarter

Question: I have just read your article about the IG receptacle installation in patient care areas in Electrical Contractor trying to answer a question that has arisen in our department. I have recently done a health care facility and have found the GFCI receptacles installed at the sinks in these areas only have one ground wire to receptacle. The other receptacles in this installation are receptacles of the self grounding yoke type with the insulated grounding conductor also. It seems to me that in order to have redundant grounds available to the ground of the receptacle, a self grounding yoke as well as the insulated ground wire are both required.

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2011 National Electric Code (NEC) Adoption Update

Since the 2011 NEC was published, approximately eight states have adopted it. Approximately 31 states are enforcing the 2008 NEC, two states are enforcing the 2005 NEC and nine states are enforcing the NEC by local jurisdiction. For more information on NEC adoption in your area, check out theonline NEC adoption map.

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