Volume 14, Issue Number 3 September 20, 2010

There's Still Time to Make Your Plans for NECA 2010 Boston

NECA 2010 Boston, October 2-5, 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 pre-convention workshops that you may be interested in:

Significant Proposed Changes to NFPA 70E 2012

Date: Friday, October 01, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speakers: Palmer Hickman, NJATC & Jerry Rivera, NECA

Description: There is little doubt that NFPA 70E continues to grow in acceptance and popularity and has quickly become the de facto electrical safety standard. This course is targeted towards electrical contractors, safety professionals, electricians and their supervisors, and will explore the most significant changes that were accepted at the Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting by the NFPA 70E Technical Committee for the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E. This look at "what has happened so far" will additionally discuss how these changes could impact the electrical contracting industry.

Achieving Selective Coordination

Date: Friday, October 01, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker: Gregory W. Massey

Description: NECA-700 is a new National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) that is titled "Standard for Installing Overcurrent Protection to Achieve Selective Coordination." This presentation provides a high level review of the one of the newest and most popular NEIS to date. Since selective coordination recently became requirements in Articles, 517, 700, and 701, there have been many unnecessary misconceptions and fears about compliance.

2011 NEC Significant Changes

Date: Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Speakers: Michael J. Johnston, NECA James T. Dollard Jr., Safety Coordinator, IBEW Local 98

Description: The National Electrical Code® is the most widely recognized and accepted electrical standard in the world. Every three years the NEC® is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry, bringing about hundreds of changes to the code. This course provides attendees with a thorough review of the most significant changes in the 2011 NEC. Learn about new articles and revisions to existing requirements that have an impact on your daily business. Many jurisdictions are requiring continuing education and updates in NEC knowledge as the Code is revised. This high energy program promises to deliver authoritative overviews of many of the Code changes that must be understood by contractors and installers alike. Don't miss this first look at what changed in the NEC. Registration includes the NJATC Significant Changes textbook.

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Stay Up-to-Date with the NEC - Significant changes to the 2011 NEC Webinar

Mike Johnston presents his latest webinar, Significant changes in the NEC, Tuesday September 28 at 11AM EDT. The Significant Changes webinar is based on a recent joint publication with the NJATC. To order, Significant Changes in the NEC, visit the NJATC Bookstore online at or call 1-888-652-4007 ($38.00 each).

The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is the most widely recognized and accepted electrical standard in the world. Every three years the NEC is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry. Significant Changes to the NEC 2011 is an invaluable source for electricians, electrical contractors, electrical inspectors and electrical engineers, focusing on the most important changes that occurred in the 2011 NEC. To assist and enhance understanding of each revision, the text is arranged to follow the general layout of the NEC and each change is accompanied by a helpful image or illustration. In addition, background information and a discussion on the significance of the change accompany each of the revisions. Gain a solid understanding and application of the requirements contained in the 2011 NEC.

This webinar will be an audio broadcast, questions will be asked via the chat window during the presentation. For technical assistance contact the event host, Adrianne Gracias (


Date and Time:
September 28, 2010 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

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In need of CEUs?

NECA offers an .8 credit CEU 2008 NEC based online course on electrical grounding and bonding. This course provides the fundamentals of grounding and bonding. It is based on the requirements contained in the National Electrical Code. This course provides a general overview of electrical grounding and bonding concepts. The course explains defined grounding and bonding terms used in the NEC and the value of using a common language of communication that includes Code terms. The performance criteria of grounding (connecting to earth) and bonding (connecting together) are discussed, along with how to effectively apply the NEC grounding and bonding requirements to electrical systems and installations. The attendees learn the two concepts and differentiate between the process of grounding and bonding, and develop a clear understanding about the earth's role in the electrical safety system. Grounding electrical systems is covered in addition to the general requirements for equipment grounding, equipment grounding conductors, grounding electrode conductors, and bonding conductors.

Cost of Course
$75.00 - NECA member
$85.00- Non-NECA member

Visit NECA's website and MEI course catalog for more information.

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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 90-2009 Recommended Practice for Commissioning Building Electrical Systems (ANSI) revised
NECA 130-2010, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Wiring Devices (ANSI) new
NECA 200-2010, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Temporary Electric Power at Construction Sites (ANSI)revised
NECA/FOA 301-2009, Standard for Installing and Testing Fiber Optics (ANSI) revised
NECA 331-2009, Standard for Building and Service Entrance Grounding and Bonding (ANSI) revised
NECA 407-2009, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Panelboards (ANSI) revised
NECA 408-2009, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Busways (ANSI) revised
NECA 409 - 2009, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Dry-Type Transformers (ANSI) revised
NECA 700-2010 Standard for Installing Overcurrent Protection to Achieve Selective Coordination (ANSI) 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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Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule- Fact Sheet

On July 28, 2010, The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a historic new standard, addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction and replacing a decades old standard. The significant number of fatalities associated with the use of cranes and derricks in construction and the considerable technological advances in equipment since the publication of the old rule, issued in 1971, led the Labor Department to undertake this rulemaking.

In 1998, OSHA's expert Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) established a workgroup to develop recommended changes to the current standard for cranes and derricks. In December 1999, ACCSH recommended that the Agency use negotiated rule making to develop the rule. The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) was convened in July 2003 and reached consensus on its draft document in July 2004. In 2006, ACCSH recommended that OSHA use the C-DAC consensus document as a basis for OSHA's proposed rule, which was published in 2008. Public hearings were held in March 2009, and the public comment period on those proceedings closed in June 2009.

To view more information about the new Cranes and Derricks ruling click this link.

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Call for Consensus Body for the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS)

Are you knowledgeable in the National Electrical Code and other industry standards? Would you like to participate in the development of NECA's NEIS?

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