National Electrical Installation Standards

Standards as High as Your Own

?
Friday, March 18, 2022

Question:

Hello,

We were recently doing a service upgrade (changing out a panelboard) and the inspector said we have to shut the power off. What NEC Section requires this? We think the inspector has requested something beyond the responsibilities of his position. What say you?

Allen Ford

A

Answer:

Hi Allen,

The NEC does not address working on energized equipment or creating electrically safe work conditions. This information on electrical safety in the workplace is found in OSHA Regulations 1910 Subpart S and 1926 Subpart K) and addressed more specifically in NFPA 70E-2021, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The requirements to eliminate the electrical hazards and establish electrically safe work conditions are provided in NFPA 70E-2021 Sections 110.1 through 110.4. Another good bit of information is found in the definition of qualified person in Article 100 of NFPA 70E.

Hope this is useful.

ABOUT CQD: The Code Question of the Day (CQD) is NECA and ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine’s flagship National Electrical Code (NEC®) public forum for the industry, sponsored by EATON. The daily distribution of Q&A generates a lively dialogue and shares relative Code-based practical responses.

SUBMIT YOUR CODE QUESTION: Click here to submit a question to for inclusion in an upcoming edition of the Code Question of the Day, or email codequestion@necanet.org

CHARLIE TROUT: Charles M. Trout, better known as Charlie, was a nationally known NEC® expert and author. He served on several NEC® technical committees and is past chairman of CMP-12. In 2006 Charlie was awarded the prestigious Coggeshall Award for outstanding contributions to the electrical contracting industry, codes and standards development, and technical training. Even though Charlie passed away in October of 2015, his work continues in spirit. NECA continues to maintain this question forum for its many subscribers in memory and recognition of all his significant contributions to making the NEC what it is today.

NECA STANDARDS: NECA publishes the National Electrical Installation Standards™ (NEIS™), a series of ANSI-approved performance and quality standards for electrical construction. NEIS can be purchased in the NECA Store in three formats: a printed or PDF download of a standard or, as an annual subscription service.

NECA SAFETY PRODUCTS & PUBLICATIONS: NECA produces electrical safety publications and products for the industry including jobsite safety guides, handbooks and resource kits. View a full listing of available resources and products »

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Unless the question requests a response based on a specific edition, all answers are based on the latest edition of NFPA 70® National Electrical Code®.

This correspondence is not a formal interpretation of the NEC® and any responses expressed to the questions are opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of NECA, NFPA, the NEC Correlating Committee any Code-making panel or other electrical technical committee. In addition, this correspondence is neither intended, nor should it be relied upon, to provide professional consultation or services. 

UPDATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PREFERENCES: Subscribe or Unsubscribe from this list.